The University of Iowa track and field team travels to Jacksonville, Florida to compete at the B1G North Florida Invitational on Friday and Satuday. Competition begins Friday at 8:30 a.m. (C.T) with the women’s hammer throw. Competition will begin Saturday at 8 a.m. (C.T) with the men’s discus throw.
FOLLOW THE HAWKEYES
Fans can follow live results at view the complete schedule of events with meet entries at hawkeyesports.com/tracklive. Results throughout the meet will also be posted on the team’s official twitter account @iowaxc_tf.
SUPER SENIORS SHOW OUT
12 “super seniors” opened their final outdoor season at the B1G Invite #1 March 26-27. Laulauga Tausaga led the way with two gold medals in the shot put and discus. Tausaga’s marks in shot put and discus rank seventh and first in the NCAA West region. Tysen VanDraska won the 1,500 meters with a career best 3:47.81. That time ranks first in the Big Ten and 12th in the NCAA West Region. Jenny Kimbro picked up a win in the 100 hurdles with a time of 13.46. Kimbro currently ranks first in the Big Ten and 20th in the NCAA West region. Daniel Soto returned to the track with a career best in the 1,500 meters with a time of 3:50.68 to finish seventh. Courtney Strohman made her Hawkeye debut winning the 400 meters with a time of 54.47.
USTFCCCA TEAM RANKINGS
The Hawkeye women are rated No. 26 in the March 29 USTFCCCA Rating Index. The Hawkeyes are the second highest ranked Big Ten women’s team and check in at No. 5 in the Midwest Region. The Hawkeye men are rated No. 45 in the nation and No. 2 in the Midwest. Iowa is the top nationally rated team in the Big Ten.
WHAT 2: WATCH 4: JAMES CARTER
James Carter returned to the track at the B1G Invite #1 for the first time since his historic Big Ten Indoor Championships performance where he won the long jump. Carter recorded a career best in the long jump, finishing second with a mark of 7.70 meters (25’3.25”). This mark currently puts Carter seventh all-time in program history. Carter is ranked first in the Big Ten and ninth in the NCAA West Region. Carter will be competing in the long jump and the triple jump this weekend.
WHAT 2: WATCH 4: TIONNA TOBIAS
Tionna Tobias competed in four events last weekend and recorded three silver medals and a career best. Tobias finished eighth in the 200 meters on her way to a career best of 24.70. Tobias finished second in the 100 hurdles with a time of 13.58. This time ranks second in the Big Ten and 24th in the NCAA West region. Tobias also finished second in the long jump with a mark of 6.07 meters (19’11”). Tobias ran a leg of the second place 4×100 meter relay which recorded a time of 46.45. This mark ranks first in the Big Ten and 20th in the NCAA West region. Tobias will be competing in the 200 meters, 100 hurdles, 4×100 meter relay, and the long jump this weekend.
WHAT 2: WATCH 4: KHULLEN JEFFERSON
Khullen Jefferson finished his indoor campaign by finishing seventh at the Big Ten Indoor Championships with a career best time of 47.91 in the 400 meters. Jefferson opened his outdoor season last weekend finishing third in the 400 with a time of 48.15. Jefferson ranks fifth in the Big Ten in the event just behind teammate Julien Gillum, who sits in fourth. Jefferson will be competing in the 200 meters and the 400 meters this weekend.
WHAT 2: WATCH 4: MARIEL BRUXVOORT
Mariel Bruxvoort won the 400 hurdles last weekend at the B1G Invite #1 with a career best 60.33. Bruxvoort is currently ranked first in the Big Ten and 14th in the NCAA West Region. Bruxvoort also ran a leg of the second place 4×400 relay team that recorded a time of 3:40.84. Bruxvoort will be doubling back this weekend, competing in the 400 hurdles and the 4×400 meter relay.
WHAT 2: WATCH 4: ANTONIO WOODARD
Antonio Woodard made his super senior debut last weekend in the 4×100 relay that placed second in 39.85. He returns to the track as a three-time 2019 All-American. He ran the second leg on the school record-setting 1,600-meter relay (3:00.14) that placed fourth, and the second leg on 400-meter relay that placed 10th (39.17) at 2019 NCAA Outdoor Championships. The 400-meter relay time ranks second all-time at Iowa. He placed 18th in the 200 meters at 2019 NCAA Championships (20.68), earning honorable mention All-America honors.
WHAT 2: WATCH 4: EMMA GORDON
Emma Gordon is coming off a career performance last weekend in both the 800 meters and the 1,500 meters. Gordon finished seventh in the 800 and 10th in the 1,500 meters with times of 2:17.83 and 4:34.55. Gordon is ranked 16th in the Big Ten in the 800 meters and eighth in the 1,500 meters. Gordon will be competing in the 800 meters, 1,500 meters, and the 3,000 meters this weekend.
WHAT 2: WATCH 4: JAMAL BRITT
Jamal Britt started off his outdoor campaign with a win in the 110 hurdles last weekend in a career-best 13.68. Britt also finished third in the 200 meters with a career best 21.22. Britt’s time in the hurdles is currently first in the Big Ten and second in the NCAA West region. Britt will be competing in the 110 hurdles and the 400 hurdles. Britt will be competing in his first 400 hurdle race since May 2019. Britt’s career best in the 400 hurdles is 51.42.
WHAT 2: WATCH 4: LAULAUGA TAUSAGA
Laulauga Tausaga picked up two gold medals last weekend in the shot put and the discus throw. Tausaga won the shot put with a mark of 16.99 meters and the discus throw with a mark of 60.81 meters. Tausaga is ranked first in the Big Ten and seventh in the NCAA West Region in the shot put. Her mark in the discus throw is first in the Big Ten and second in the NCAA West Region. Tausaga will be competing in the shot put and the discus this weekend.
Britt and Tausaga Earn B1G Weekly Honors
Jamal Britt and Laulauga Tausaga were named Big Ten track and field athletes of the week on March 31.
Britt was named men’s track athlete of the week. He set career bests in the 110-meter hurdles and 200 meters last week at the Big Ten Invite #1. He won the 110-meter hurdles in 13.68, a mark that ranks No. 2 in the NCAA West Region and sixth all-time in program history. He ran the 200 in 21.22, a mark that ranks 33rd in the West.
Tausaga was named women’s field athlete of the week. She swept the discus and shot put evets last week. Her toss of 60.81 meters in discus leads the NCAA West Region and her shot put mark of 16.99 meters ranks seventh. The weekly conference honor is the eighth of Tausaga’s career. Britt earned the conference award three times during the 2021 indoor season. This is his first career outdoor honor.
REIGNING BIG TEN OUTDOOR CHAMPIONS
The Iowa men’s track and field team won the 2019 Big Ten Outdoor Track & Field Championships on its home track in Iowa City, Iowa. The Hawkeyes claimed their fourth program title, and as defending Big Ten Outdoor champions (2019) and the reigning 2019 indoor champions, are among the favorites to win it again.
The last Big Ten men’s team to win consecutive outdoor championships was Minnesota in 2009-10.
2021 BIG TEN INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS WRAP UP
The Hawkeye men won the 2021 Big Ten Indoor Championships with a school record 119 points. It was Iowa’s first outright Big Ten Indoor Championship since 1929. The men won two gold medals including James Carter in the long jump and Peyton Haack in the heptathlon. The women placed third with a total of 75 points, matching the highest finish in program history. Paige Magee won gold in the 60-meter hurdles.