FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The University of Iowa track and field team set 15 personal bests and won a pair of titles Saturday while competing at the Tyson Invite, the Texas Tech Shootout, and the Iowa State Classic.
QUOTING COACH WOODY ON THE TYSON INVITE
“I think today was kind of a mixed bag. We had some good things happen today. The 200s went well, we had some PRs and season bests, but not quite the performances we were hoping to have. On the men’s side, we’re still sitting 2 & 3 on the conference list in the 200s so we’re setting ourselves up pretty well going into Big Tens.”
“For the women, just across the board both the A and B teams ran some good splits. We’ll just have to put together the best relay when we get to the Big Ten meet and set ourselves up for success down the road. Dallyssa (Huggins) had a great day in the high jump as we see her come back from yesterday. “
The Hawkeye throws team traveled to Lubbock, Texas, to compete at the Texas Tech Shootout, where they set two personal bests and won one title on Day 2.
Senior Laulauga Tausaga won the women’s shot put with a mark of 17.34 meters.
QUOTING COACH WERSKEY ON TEXAS TECH SHOOTOUT
“Day 2 in Lubbock treated the lady shot putters really well. Lagi backed up last week’s performance with a win and quality mark of 17.34m. She felt as if it was an off day, but she’s learning how to stay consistent at a higher level. Ianna Roach had a quality breakthrough throwing her collegiate best. The biggest breakthrough went to Kat Moody. Kat has been on a quite a journey in the past year, but seeing her execute and come away with a new lifetime best of 14.91m/48’11” is awesome. She’s beginning to trust her body again and showing the ability to be a real player in the B1G Ten soon.”
At the Iowa State Classic in Ames, Iowa set five personal bests on Day 2.
The Hawkeye women dominated the 800 meters, with three out of the four earning new career bests. Mallory King led the charge, placing third in 2:05.12, which ranks second in the Big Ten and eighth in the nation.
The men’s 4×400-meter relay, which is made up of Austin Lietz, Raymund Clarke, Nolan Kembel, and Spencer Gudgel, took first (3:14.46) on the final day.
QUOTING COACH WOODY ON IOWA STATE CLASSIC
“The highlight was probably Mallory King in the 800. She ran fantastic today and really went for it. I think Alex Birkett had a really good meet as well. Those guys competed well and hopefully that will help Mallory (King) punch her ticket to the national meet.”
HAWKEYES TAKE GOLD AT TEXAS TECH SHOOTOUT
Laulauga Tausaga: shot put (17.34m)
HAWKEYES TAKE GOLD AT IOWA STATE CLASSIC
Austin Lietz, Raymund Clarke, Nolan Kembel, Spencer Gudgel: 4×400-meter relay (3:14.46)
CAREER BESTS FROM TYSON INVITE
8 individuals tallied personal bests:
Jamal Britt: 200 meters (21.68)
Mariel Bruxvoort: 200 meters (25.91)
Lasarah Hargrove: 200 meters (24.78)
Nolan Roethler: 200 meters (22.71)
Deandre Stapleton Jr.: triple jump (14.83m)
Addie Swanson: 200 meters (24.93)
Tionna Tobias: 200 meters (25.09)
Payton Wensel: 200 meters (25.40)
CAREER BESTS FROM TEXAS TECH SHOOTOUT
2 individuals tallied personal bests:
Kat Moody: shot put (14.91m)
Ianna Roach: shot put (13.99m)
CAREER BESTS FROM IOWA STATE CLASSIC
5 individuals tallied personal bests:
Taylor Arco: 800 meters (2:08.94)
Alex Birkett: 800 meters (1:49.47)
Mallory King: 800 meters (2:05.12)
Elyse Prescott: mile (4:55.01)
Tia Saunders: 800 meters (2:08.83)
The Hawkeyes travel to the Alex Wilson Invite in South Bend, Ind. on Feb. 21-22.