Carter, Murphy Break Records on Day 2

AUSTIN, Texas – University of Iowa track and field standouts James Carter Jr. and Max Murphy highlighted the day by breaking school records on Friday. Carter Jr. broke an 11-year-old school record in the men’s triple jump. Carter’s mark of 16.68 meters (54’ 8.75”) won the event at the Texas Relays. Murphy shattered a record set in 2007 by a full 10 seconds, finishing the 5,000-meter race in 13:39.77 at the Stanford Invite.

“James had an amazing day jumping into the record books,” Director of Track and Field Joey Woody said. “He was sending a message for not getting added into the A section of the meet, setting a huge lifetime best in the triple jump.”

“He (Carter) had a very difficult indoor national meet,” assistant coach Hadrien Choukroun said. “Being able to bounce back and have a half a meter personal record at his first outdoor meet shows his mental toughness.”

“It’s a great night at the track any time you break a record,” associate head coach Randy Hasenbank said of Murphy. “Great weather, great field, and Max put forth a great effort and shattered the 5K school record. I am so excited for him!”

Additionally, Lia Love climbed to second in school history in the women’s 100-meters, crossing the line in 11.21 to qualify for tomorrow’s finals.

More Hawkeye qualifiers included the 4×100 relay crew of Kalen Walker, Austin Kresley, Gratt Reed and Damoy Allen, Reed in the men’s 110 hurdles, and Kresley and Walker in the men’s 100-meters.

“Today was a great day across all event areas,” Woody said. “Having the men kick things off by qualifying the second-fastest 4×1 time, then Gratt (Reed) carried that momentum to win his prelim in the 110-hurdles and set himself up for a great race tomorrow. Kalen (Walker) and Austin (Kresley) ran terrific races in the 100 to punch their tickets to the final. It’s pretty impressive to have two men finalists in the 100 at this meet. On the women’s side, we had a great start in the 4×1, just missing the finals. The sprinters kept things rolling in the 100 with LaSarah (Hargrove) running a top time and Lia (Love) running the second-fastest wind legal mark in program history.”

The Florida Relays highlighted a pair of Hawkeye teams that set top-10 marks in school history. The women’s 4×800 relay quartet of Jaiden Itson, Grace BookinNosbisch, Clare Pitcher and Katie Moore raced to a time of 8:49.00 – good for eighth overall and fifth in Hawkeye history. On the men’s side, Ryan Schreiner, Martin Strong, Armando Bryson and Spencer Gudgel took bronze in the men’s 4×800, finishing in 7:26.00 to climb to sixth all-time at Iowa.

The Bobcat Invitational featured Hawkeye jumps specialists Zack Pluff and Noah James, who competed in the high jump. Pluff finished 12th with a 2.02 meter jump (6’ 7.50”), while James registered a 1.97 meter jump (6’ 5.50”) to finish 21st.

Brooke McKee set a personal best in the 5,000-meter race at the Mike Fanelli Track Classic in California, breaking the line in 17:17.04. Fellow distance runners Emma Gordon (17:23.41) and Kelli Tosic (17:27.09) finished close behind. At the Stanford Invite, Yohana Yual crushed his previous personal best in the 3,000-meter steeplechase by almost 10 seconds, finishing in 9:05.81. Will Ryan made his 5,000-meter debut, finishing in seventh with a 14:15.54 — a time 15 seconds under the USA Outdoor Track and Field U20 qualifying mark. Maddie Block sped to the 10th-fastest time in school history, finishing in 34:44 in the women’s 10,000-meter race.

“Will (Ryan) had a great debut with his 5K early in the day,” Hasenbank said. “His time was a whopping 15 seconds below the standard for the USA U20 Track and Field Championship. Yo (Yual) took a big step forward in the steeplechase today and is getting better every week,” Hasenbank added. “I thought Amber (Aesoph) ran another terrific 1,500 (4:22.59) and is close to breaking the 4:20 barrier.”

The Hawkeyes wrap up their weekend with another full day of competition on Saturday at all five locations. A full schedule can be found on the track and field schedule page at

*Wind-aided time

Texas Relays
Women’s 4×100-Meter Relay:
10. Hargrove, Love, Harris, Magee – 44.77

Men’s 4×100-Meter Relay:
6. Walker, Kresley, Reed, Allen – 39.43, q

Women’s 100 Hurdles Prelims:
11. Paige Magee – 13.19*
Timed Open:
30. Ellie Rickertsen – 14.35

Men’s 110 Hurdles Prelims:
3. Gratt Reed – 13.36*, q

Women’s Shot Put:
5. Kat Moody – 15.82 meters (51’ 11”)

Men’s Shot Put:
7. Elijah Barnes – 17.65 meters (57’ 11”)

Women’s 100 Meters:
9. Lia Love – 11.21, 2nd all-time at Iowa, q
13. LaSarah Hargrove – 11.34*
Timed Open:
64. Brynley McDermott – 12.03
94. Julie Pattison – 12.20*

Men’s 100-Meter Prelims:
4. Austin Kresley – 10.10*
8. Kalen Walker – 10.11*
27. Damoy Allen – 10.35*

Men’s Triple Jump:
1. James Carter – 16.68 meters (54’ 8.75”) not final, PR, #1 at Iowa
3. DeAndre Stapleton, Jr. – 15.36 meters (50’ 4.75”)

Bobcat Invitational
Men’s High Jump:
12. Zack Pluff – 2.02 meters (6’ 7.5”)
21. Noah James – 1.97 meters (6’ 5.5”)

Mike Fanelli Track Classic
Women’s 5,000 Meters:
28. Brooke McKee – 17:17.04, PR
36. Emma Gordon – 17:23.41
40. Kelli Tosic – 17:27.09

Stanford Invite
Men’s 5,000 Meters:
7. Will Ryan – 14:15.54

Men’s 3,000-meter Steeple
6. Yohana Yual – 9:05.81, PR
14. Jack Pendergast – 9:22.54

Women’s 1,500-meter
8. Amber Aesoph – 4:22.59

Florida Relays
Women’s 4×800-Meter Relay:
2. Itson, G. Bookin-Nosbisch, Pitcher, Moore – 8:49.00, 5th all-time at Iowa

Men’s 4×800-Meter Relay:
3. Schreiner, Strong, Bryson, Gudgel – 7:26.00, 6th all-time at Iowa

Women’s 200-meters
29. Tesa Roberts – 24.15, PR
33. Alexandria Edison – 24.48
37. Audrey Biermann – 24.61

Men’s 200-meters
26. Connor Belken – 21.39*
36. Kris Moore – 21.72*, PR
38. Evan Schuster – 21.73*

Men’s 400-meter hurdles
3. Julien Gillum – 51.28
5. Nathan Farrell – 52.01

Men’s 4×400 relay prelims
Everett Steward, Evan Schuster, Ryan Schreiner, Kris Moore – 3:09.97, q