ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – University of Iowa track and field sent sprinters and hurdlers to the New Mexico Collegiate Classic and the distance and mid-distance runners to the Meyo Invitational in South Bend, Indiana, on Friday.
The Hawkeyes got a preview of the NCAA Indoor Championships host site, which will be held in Albuquerque March 8-11.
At New Mexico, junior Damoy Allen began the day, speeding past the 200-meter competition in a lifetime best 21.01. After altitude adjustment to 21.08, Allen’s mark is seventh all-time in the Iowa record books and second-best on the team this season.
“Today was an awesome start to the weekend,” Iowa director of Track and Field Joey Woody said. “We had amazing performances in the 600 out at Meyo. We had multiple all-time bests in both the 200 and 600.”
The seeded heats of the men’s 200 featured more Hawkeyes climbing the all-time rankings. Junior Khullen Jefferson soared to second in Hawkeye history following his fourth place finish in the event (20.70). Juniors Austin Kresley and Gratt Reed clocked identical times of 20.87 to lock up in a tie for fifth at Iowa.
In the women’s 200-meter dash, junior LaSarah Hargrove set a lifetime best of 23.50 to jump to fourth in the record books. Fellow junior Paige Magee followed up with a personal record of her own, improving to fifth at Iowa with a time of 23.51.
At the Meyo Invitational, the 600-meter events highlighted the afternoon Iowa, beginning with the women’s edition. The Hawkeyes set five personal bests, including three on the program’s all-time top-10 list. Sophomore Chloe Larsen earned second place, finishing with a time of 1:28.42, while climbing to third in Hawkeye history. Freshman Gabby Cortez was right behind in third (1:28.47), positioning herself in fifth in school history. Sophomore Alli Bookin-Nosbisch continued her strong season with her fourth place finish of 1:28.89, good for sixth at Iowa.
In the men’s 600-meter event, Iowa finished with seven Hawkeyes in the top-10. Four Hawkeyes crossed the line in the top five, led by senior Julien Gillum (1:17.53), who placed second. Junior Tyler Olson (1:17.79), junior Spencer Gudgel (1:17.92) and freshman Ryan Schreiner (1:18.59) wrapped up the top five behind Gillum. Sophomore Phillip Jefferson (1:19.14), junior Nick O’Connor (1:19.35 PR) and sophomore Martin Strong (1:19.60) all finished within the top 10 in the event.
NEW MEXICO CLASSIC
Men’s 200-meters (unseeded)
- Damoy Allen – 21.01, PR 6th all-time
Women’s 200-meters (unseeded)
- Alexandria Edison – 24.65, PR
- Mytika Mayberry – 25.62
Men’s 200-meters (seeded)
- Khullen Jefferson – 20.70, PR + 2nd all-time
- Austin Kresley – 20.87, PR + t-5th
- Gratt Reed – 20.87, PR +t-5th
- LaSarah Hargrove – 23.50, PR + 4th all-time
- Paige Magee – 23.51, PR + 5th all-time
- Lia Love – 23.93
- Chloe Larsen – 1:28.42, PR + 3rd all-time
- Gabby Cortez – 1:28.47, PR + 5th all-time
- Alli Bookin-Nosbisch – 1:28.89, PR +6th all-time
- Jaiden Itson – 1:30.30, PR
- Clare Pitcher – 1:30.35
- Ali Dorn – 1:31.60
- Grace Bookin-Nosbisch – 1:32.07, PR
- Julien Gillum – 1:17.53
- Tyler Olson – 1:17.79
- Spencer Gudgel – 1:17.92
- Ryan Schreiner – 1:18.59
- Phillip Jefferson – 1:19.14
- Nick O’Connor – 1:19.35, PR
- Martin Strong – 1:19.60
- Brett Wasick – 1:19.61, PR
- Armando Bryson – 1:19.70,
- Nathan Farrell – 1:20.71, PR
- Abby Ryon – 17:16.95
- Rowan Boulter – 18:26.53
- Konnor Sommer – 14:25.81