Lawrence Jr. Wins Two Golds to Lead Hawkeyes in Champaign

URBANA-CHAMPAIGN, Illinois — The University of Iowa track and field team recorded 18 career bests and one all-time top 10 performance at the Fighting Illini Big Ten Relays in Urbana-Champaign, Illinois.

Wayne Lawrence, Jr. stole the show for the Hawkeyes, taking home gold medals in the 400 and 200 meters. Lawrence easily won the 400 meters with a time of 46.72. He won the 200 meters by a hundredth of a second, recording a career-best 20.71, a time that ties for 10th all-time in program history. Antonio Woodard and Austin Kresley recorded top 10 finishes , placing sixth and ninth with times of 21.11 and 21.44. Evan Shuster recorded a career best in 21.83. Grant Conway recorded a career best with a time of 21.90.

Jenny Kimbro finished second in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 13.54 and dipped under one minute in the 400 hurdles to finish fourth with a time a time of 59.32. Paige Magee finished fourth in the 100 hurdles in 13.71 and recorded a career-best 62.29 in the 400 hurdles. Sydney Winger won her section of the 100 hurdles and finished seventh overall with a career-best 14.04. Katie Petersen also recorded a career best in 14.34.

Josh Braverman brought home the bronze medal in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 13.92 and Gratt Reed dipped under 14 seconds for the first time in his career with a time of 13.98 to finish fifth. Raymund Clarke won his heat and placed fifth in the 400 hurdles in 53.03.

James Carter placed third in the long jump, recording a mark of 7.40 meters before passing on his final three jumps.

Iowa set four PRs in the men’s and women’s 800 meters. Armando Bryson placed fifth in the men’s 800, recording a career best by over a second with a time of 1:51.52. Kal Lewis was next in seventh with a career-best 1:51.80. On the women’s side, Clare Pitcher recorded a career-best in 2:08.64 to placed seventh overall. Emma Gordon turned in a career best 2:15.21.

The Hawkeyes went four-for-four in career bests in the women’s 200 meters. Tionna Tobias led the way placing seventh in 24.43. Tesa Roberts finished 14th with a time of 24.95. Katie Petersen and Dallyssa Huggins finished 24th and 27th with times of 25.84 and 26.25.

Nathan Mylenek finished ninth in the 1500 meters with a time of 3:50.58. Kelli Tosic led the women, finishing in 4:41.90 to plece 24th. Wren Renquist recorded a career best of 4:45.68 to finish 29th. Abby Ryon also recorded a career best finishing 36th with a time of 4:51.90.

Jamal Britt and Jaylan McConico along with former Hawkeye Aaron Mallet competed in the “Journey to Gold” 110 hurdles prelims at the Drake Relays. Mallet won his prelim with a time of 13.54 to qualify for tomorrow’s final. Britt won his section with a time of 13.75 to punch his ticket to the final. McConico picked up a time qualifier finishing fourth in his section with a time of 13.78. Mallet, Britt, and McConico will be competing in the final tomorrow at 3:26 p.m. (CT).

“Jamal and Jalan did a tremendous job competing today to make the finals for tomorrow in a very elite field led by our own Aaron Mallett! I’m excited to see what those guys can do tomorrow in the final,” Woody Said. “It’s great to have three Hawkeyes represented in the Invitational Hurdle Final.”

“Overall, I felt we had a pretty successful day on the track. I thought the 100 hurdlers and 110 hurdlers competed very well and put up some great performances and some PR’s. I thought Josh was going to win the race until he clipped the eighth hurdle. It was great to see Gratt break the 14.0 barrier for the first time in his career, and Grant continues to make big improvements with a huge PR today. Jenny was really close to winning the 100 hurdles and I thought she competed very well with some tired legs after coming off the heptathlon win last weekend. I was very pleased with big PR’s from Sydney Winger and Katie Peterson as they continue to progress very well this outdoor season.

“I thought Raymund had a breakthrough today in the 400 hurdles and it was good to see him compete to win his heat. Mar also had another very good and consistent performance for the women’s 400 hurdles by winning her heat as well. I thought the performance of the meet was Wayne winning the 200 with a big outdoor PR and it was a big win against really good competition. I’m excited to see what that will do for his next 400 when we finally get some good weather conditions to run fast. In the 800, I was very pleased with Armando, Kal, and Jason all having a big breakthrough to run 1:51 PR in tough windy conditions and be on the verge of breaking 1:50. Clare Pitcher had another superb performance running 2:08 and finishing seventh in a very tough field.”

Men’s Long Jump Open:
3. James Carter / 7.40m
4. Kaleba Jack / 7.19m

Women’s Long Jump Open:
7. Tionna Tobias / 6.07m

Men’s 110m Hurdles Open:
3. Josh Braverman / 13.92
5. Gratt Reed / 13.98 (PR)
6. Grant Conway / 14.01 (PR)

Women’s 100m Hurdles Open:
2. Jenny Kimbro / 13.54
4. Paige Magee / 13.71
7. Sydney Winger / 14.04 (PR)
10. Karina Joyner / 14.20
13. Katie Petersen / 14.34 (PR)
25. Dallyssa Huggins / 15.37
Tionna Tobias / DQ

Men’s 400m Dash Open:
1. Wayne Lawrence Jr. / 46.72
11. Josh Andrews / 49.22
12. Julie Gillum / 49.32
16. Evan Schuster / 49.61

Women’s 400m Dash Open:
4. Tesa Roberts / 56.21

Men’s 100m Dash Open:
5. Antonio Woodard / 10.58
8. Austin Kresley / 10.69
15. Deandre Stapleton Jr. / 10.91
17. Tanner Iske / 11.37

Men’s 800m Run Open:
5. Armando Bryson / 1:51.52 (PR)
7. Kal Lewis / 1:51.80 (PR)
8. Jason Hoffman / 1:51.89
20. Jeff Roberts / 1:55.79

Women’s 800m Run Open:
7. Clare Pitcher / 2:08.64 (PR)
14. Katie Moore / 2:13.36
19. Emma Gordon /2:15.21 (PR)
20. Logan Akason / 2:15.27
28.Amber Aesoph / 2:22.06

Men’s 400m Hurdles Open:
5. Raymund Clarke / 53.03
9. Drake Woody / 54.45
12. Raymonte Dow / 55.29
15. Nolan Roethler / 55.86

Women’s 400m Hurdles Open:
4. Jenny Kimbro / 59.32
7. Mariel Bruxvoort / 60.59
12. Paige Magee / 62.29 (PR)
13. Payton Wensel / 62.96
14. Karina Joiner / 63.39

Men’s 200m Dash Open:
1. Wayne Lawrence Jr. / 20.71 (PR) tied for 10th
6. Antonio Woodard / 21.11
9. Austin Kresley / 21.44
13. Evan Schuster / 21.83 (PR)
15. Grant Conway / 21.90 (PR)
25. Josh Braverman / 22.29

Women’s 200m Dash Open:
7. Tionna Tobias / 24.43 (PR)
14. Tesa Roberts / 24.95 (PR)
24. Katie Petersen / 25.84 (PR)
27. Dallysaa Huggins / 26.25 (PR)

Men’s 1,500m Run Open:
9. Nathan Mylenek / 3:50.58
30. Jason Hoffman / 4:00.60

Women’s 1,500m Run Open:
24. Kelli Tosic / 4:41.90
29. Wren Renquist / 4:45.68 (PR)
32. Ellie Twedt / 4:47.76
33. Akason / 4:49.14
36. Abby Ryon / 4:51.90 (PR)
37. Bryce Gidel / 4:55.23

Women’s 5,000m Run Open:
23. Gabby Skopec / 17:40.25