McKiver Runs Sixth-Fastest NCAA 600m Ever

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – University of Iowa track and field freshman Jenoah McKiver ran the sixth-fastest 600-meter time (all surfaces) in collegiate history on day one of the Meyo Invitational in South Bend, Indiana, at the Loftus Sports Center Friday evening. 

“The entire 600-meter group ran terrific today from top to bottom,” Iowa Director of Track and Field Joey Woody said. “We ran multiple personal and season-bests. The top-10 all-time list continues to be re-written.” 

McKiver, a High Point, North Carolina, native, led a pack of gold in the 600 meters, breaking his own school record (1:15.36) and running a new NCAA and Big Ten-lead this season. Six Hawkeye teammates were on McKiver’s heels as they took the top-seven spots in the race.  

Junior Tyler Olson ran the fourth-fastest time in Iowa history (1:16.70), and junior teammate Julien Gillum moved to fifth all-time at Iowa (1:17.02). Freshman Armando Bryson (1:17.70) and junior Alec Still (1:18.06) both recorded new personal-best times, and freshman Phillip Jefferson and junior Josh Andrews finished sixth and seventh, respectively.  

The women’s 600-meter group also impressed, sweeping the top four. Senior Mallory King ran a career-best time of 1:28.45 to win the event, senior Payton Wensel was runner-up (1:29.89) and freshman Clare Pitcher finished third (1:30.12). Freshman Jaiden Itson finished fourth and recorded a new personal-best (1:30.69) and moved to ninth all-time at Iowa. 

In the weight throw, senior Tyler Lienau bested his own school record once again (22.20m / 72’10”) to win the event. Sophomores Jordan Hawkins (20.10m / 65’11.5”) and Jordan Johnson (19.47m / 63’10.5”) each recorded personal-bests and moved to sixth and eighth all-time at Iowa, respectively. 

“The weight throw was impressive,” Woody said. “Tyler [Lienau], Nia [Britt] and Amanda [Howe] led the way with some monster throws. Tyler had three throws over 21.95 meters today, but all the throwers competed extremely well.” 

Senior Nia Britt (20.94m / 68’8.5”) and junior Amanda Howe (20.85m / 68’5”) both threw new personal-best marks and finished third and fourth on the women’s side.  

Freshman Paige Magee ran a season-best time (8.46) in the 60-meter hurdles and was the fastest woman in the preliminary round. Freshman Miya Brines was fourth-fastest (8.69) and also qualified for tomorrow’s semifinal round. 

“It was great to see Paige [Magee] have a nice breakthrough today and get back to where she was last season,” Woody said. “We’ve been working on some technical things in practice the last couple weeks and it’s starting to come together. She has a lot more in the tank, and we are looking forward to tomorrow’s semifinals and finals.”  

Freshmen Khullen Jefferson (21.25) and Chadrick Richards (21.42) took first and second in the 200 meters. 

The Hawkeyes are back at the Loftus Sports Center tomorrow morning for day two of the Meyo Invitational. Action resumes at 9 a.m. (CT). 

Women’s Weight Throw:
3. Nia Britt – 20.94m (68’8.5”), Personal Best
4. Amanda Howe – 20.85m (68’5”), Personal Best
7. Jamie Kofron – 19.38m (63’7”)
10. Alivia Bauer – 17.40m (57’1”)

Men’s Weight Throw:
1. Tyler Lienau – 22.20m (72’10”), School Record, Personal Best
6. Jordan Hawkins – 20.10m (65’11.50”), No. 6 all-time, Personal Best
8. Jordan Johnson – 19.47m (63’10.50”), Personal Best
9. Sean Smith – 18.99m (62’3.75”)

Women’s High Jump:
4. Jade Hunter – 1.64m (5’4.50”), Personal Best
12. Maria Gorham – 1.59m (5’2.50”)
16. Kiersten Fisher – 1.54m (5’0.50”)

Men’s 60 Meters Prelims:
11. Kalil Johnson – 6.93 Q, Personal Best

Women’s 60 Hurdles Prelims:
1. Paige Magee – 8.46 Q
4. Miya Brines – 8.69 Q

Women’s 200 Meters:
11. Tesa Roberts – 24.98
23. Chloe Larsen – 25.50, Personal Best
31. Sarah Bova – 25.71

Men’s 200 Meters:
1. Khullen Jefferson – 21.25
2. Chadrick Richards – 21.42
21. Evan Shuster – 22.48

Women’s 600 Meters:
1. Mallory King – 1:28.45, Personal Best
2. Payton Wensel – 1:29.89
3. Clare Pitcher – 1:29.96
4. Jaiden Itson – 1:30.69, No. 9 all-time, Personal Best
8. Alli Bookin-Nosbisch – 1:32.70
17. Katie Moore – 1:34.73, Personal Best
18. Laney Fitzpatrick – 1:35.75
19. Logan Akason – 1:37.75

Men’s 600 Meters:
1. Jenoah McKiver – 1:15.36, School Record, Personal Best
2. Tyler Olson – 1:16.70, No. 4 all-time, Personal Best
3. Julien Gillum – 1:17.02, No. 5 all-time, Personal Best
4. Armando Bryson – 1:17.70, Personal Best
5. Alec Still – 1:18.06, Personal Best
6. Phillip Jefferson – 1:18.43, Personal Best
7. Josh Andrews – 1:19.43

Men’s Distance Medley Relay:
2. IOWA (Ward, Lewis, Klysh, Pendergast) – 10:08.25

Women’s 5,000 Meters:
9. Madeline Block – 17:27.70, Personal Best