University of Iowa track and field will represent from coast to coast this weekend at the Pepsi Florida Relays in Gainesville, Florida, and the Stanford Invitational in Stanford, California. The Florida Relays begin Thursday at 4 p.m. (CT) with hammer and javelin and competition resumes Friday morning at 8 a.m. (CT). Action begins at 10 a.m. (CT) on Saturday. The Stanford Invitational kicks off at 3:30 p.m. (CT) on Friday for the Hawkeyes.
Fans can follow the meet on the live results page at hawkeyesports.com/tracklive. Results will also be posted on the team’s official twitter account @iowaxc_tf. Portions of the Florida Relays will be live streamed on SEC Network+.
KALEN WALKER: RECORD BREAKER
Sophomore Kalen Walker tied the 60-meter school record in his indoor debut as a Hawkeye this winter before ultimately claiming the top spot (6.61) and ending his season as a second-team All-American. Walker kept the trend going in his outdoor debut on March 19 at the Baldy Castillo Invite, breaking Justin Austin’s 100-meter record (10.21) set in 2011. Walker ran 10.20 — good for ninth-fastest in the NCAA and second-fastest in the West Region so far this season.
Sophomore LaSarah Hargrove broke the school 60-meter record this indoor season (7.25) and put down a blistering time in the 100 meters in her outdoor season debut on March 19 at the Baldy Castillo Invite. Hargrove ran a wind-aided mark of 11.13 to win the 100 meters and set a new career-best time. Her mark would have been good for a school record, but was just outside of the wind-legal threshold. The speedy sophomore will have plenty more attempts this season to take down the record (11.28).
JEFFERSON OPENS SEASON WITH BIG PR
Freshman Khullen Jefferson finished second in the 200 meters (20.83) to Olympian Fred Kerley on March 19 at the Baldy Castillo Invite, recording a new lifetime best. His time ranks No. 18 in the NCAA this season and tenth in the NCAA West Region.
Indoor shot put school-record holder Nik Curtiss started the outdoor season with a win in shot put at the Baldy Castillo Invite on March 19. The senior moved to sixth all-time on Iowa’s outdoor list (18.84m / 61’9.75”). Curtiss also cracked the top-10 list in the hammer throw (58.62m / 192’4”), and teammate Tyler Lienau finished third (60.52m / 198’6”) at the Baldy Castillo. On the women’s side, sophomore Jamie Kofron threw a personal-best (48.97m / 160’8”) in the discus to finish fifth. Hammer throw school-record holder Amanda Howe finished third in her season debut (59.83m / 196’3”).
DOWD DELIVERS IN OUTDOOR DEBUT
Senior Erin Dowd (57.47) won the 400-meter hurdles at the Baldy Castillo Invite in her outdoor Hawkeye debut. That time put her fourth all-time at Iowa. At Western Michigan, Dowd was a two-time MAC champion in the 400-meter hurdles, and placed third at the 2018 Drake Relays in the Hawkeye State.
At the Baldy Castillo Invite, eight Hawkeyes qualified for the finals in the 110-meter hurdles (Grant Conway, Gratt Reed, Josh Braverman, Kalil Johnson) and 100-meter hurdles (Myreanna Bebe, Tionna Tobias, Paige Magee, Jade McDonald). For the men, Braverman finished runner up (13.74), Conway was fifth (13.99) and Johnson was sixth (14.08). Bebe was the top-finisher for the women in third (13.36) and Magee was sixth (13.62).
LEAPING INTO OUTDOOR SEASON
Returning men’s outdoor All-American James Carter, Jr. picked up where he left off last season, winning the Baldy Castillo Invite (7.34m / 24’1”). Tionna Tobias finished fifth in her season debut on the women’s side (5.79m / 19’0”).
MEN’S SEASON LEADERS
100 Meters — Kalen Walker, * 10.20
110-Meter Hurdles — Josh Braverman, 13.74
200 Meters — Khullen Jefferson, 20.83
400 Meters — Everett Steward, 46.59
400-Meter Hurdles — Drake Woody, 52.54
1,500 Meters — Max Murphy, 3:46.71
4X100-Meter Relay — Walker, K. Jefferson, Reed, Lawrence, Jr., 39.76
Long Jump — James Carter, Jr., 24-1 (7.34m)
Shot Put — Nikolas Curtiss, 61-9 3/4 (18.84m)
Discus — Dawson Ellingson, 164-1 (50.02m)
Hammer Throw — Tyler Lienau, 198-6 (60.52m)
Javelin — Drake Woody, 192-6 (58.68m)
WOMEN’S SEASON LEADERS
100 Meters — LaSarah Hargrove, 11.13
100-Meter Hurdles — Myreanna Bebe, 13.36
200 Meters — Sarah Bova, 24.88
400 Meters — Laney Fitzpatrick, 56.44
400-Meter Hurdles — Erin Dowd, 57.47
600 Meters — Alli Bookin-Nosbisch, 1:30.97
1,500 Meters — Amber Aesoph, 4:29.32
3,000 Meters — Kelli Tosic, 10:08.03
4X100-Meter Relay — Hargrove, Love, Tobias, Magee, 44.66
4X400-Meter Relay — Dowd, Larsen, Bova, A. Bookin-Nosbisch, 3:38.14
High Jump — Maria Gorham, 5-5 (1.65m)
Long Jump — Tionna Tobias, 19-0 (5.79m)
Shot Put — Kat Moody, 50-10 1/4 (15.50m)
Discus — Jamie Kofron, 160-8 (48.97m)
Hammer Throw — Amanda Howe, 196-3 (59.83m)
* — school record