IOWA CITY, Iowa — University of Iowa junior Jamal Britt tied the school record in the men’s 60-meter hurdles Friday, running 7.60 at the Hawkeye Big Ten Invitational. Britt won the event ahead of co-record holder and teammate Jaylan McConico. The mark is the fastest in the Big Ten this season and ranks second in the country.
Britt’s gold medal was one of his two on the day, and one of four for the Hawkeyes on Day 1 of the two-day meet. Britt also won the men’s long jump, landing 7.45 meters (24-5.5) on his opening jump.
“Jamal is a tremendous athlete and a guy who helps the team in a lot of different areas,” said Iowa director of track and field Joey Woody. “His goal is to get to the national meet and be a big time point scorer for us.”
On the women’s side of the 60-meter hurdles, freshman Paige Magee won with a career-best 8.29, a mark that ranks third in school history and No. 2 in the Big Ten this season. It was Magee’s second PR of the day. She also ran 8.37 in the prelims. Tionna Tobias and Myreanna also set personal-bests in the event. Tobias ran 8.45, tied for the ninth fastest time in school history, and Bebe ran 8.65.
“Paige Magee continues to put together an incredible freshman campaign,” said Woody. “She is competing to win. That is the most important thing. If you’re doing that against the competition we have in the Big Ten you’re doing some really good things.”
Tobias also moved up the school’s all-time top 10 list in the long jump, setting a new personal-best 5.89 meters (19-4) on her second jump.
“Tionna had a fantastic day, running a PR in the prelims, tying it in the finals and then having a great performance in the long jump,” said Woody.
Dallyssa Huggins opened the day for the Hawkeyes clearing 1.73 meters (5-6) to win the women’s high jump. On the men’s side, Keith Keahna set a new personal best, clearing 1.93 meters (6-3).
In all, Iowa set 14 career bests, including three men and two women in the mile. Kal Lewis led the men, placing fourth in a personal best 4:07.14, and Claire Edmondson paced the women with a third-place finish in 5:13.46. Teammate Abby Ryon placed fourth, less than half a second behind at 5:13.80.
“I thought the men’s mile was exceptional,” said Woody. “You look at what Jeff Roberts (4:07.88) did, and then Kal Lewis, another freshman hitting 4:07. Max Murphy ran 4.06 earlier this year so having two freshmen run 4:06 and 4:07 is really exciting for that group. We’re looking forward to what they can do tomorrow in the 3k.”
The Hawkeye B1G Invitational resumes Saturday with the Throws Fest at 11:30 a.m. at the Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Complex. Field events begin at Noon at the UI Rec Building. Running events begin at 1 p.m.
W High Jump: Dallyssa Huggins (1.73m, 5’6”)
M 60m hurdles: Jamal Britt, 7.60 ties school record
W 60m hurdles: Paige Magee, 8.29, PR third all-time/8.37 PR, fifth all-time
M Long Jump: Jamal Britt (7.45m, 24’ 5 ½”)
M High Jump: Keith Keahna (1.93m, 6’3”)
M 60m hurdles: Jamal Britt: 7.60
M 60m hurdles: Austin West, 8.21
W 60m hurdles: Myreanna Bebe: 8.65 PR
W 60m hurdles: Paige Magee: 8.29
W 60m hurdles: Tionna Tobias: 8.45
W Mile: Claire Edmondson, 5:13.46
W Mile: Abby Ryon, 5:13.80
M Mile: Daniel Klysh, 4:16.07
M Mile: Kal Lewis: 4:07.14
M Mile: Jeff Roberts: 4:07.88
W 400: Antonise Christian, 56.25
W Long Jump: Tionna Tobias (5.89m, 19’4”)
M Long Jump: Kaleba Jack (7.25m 23’ 9/12”)