T&F Notebook: Hawkeyes Set for Coast to Coast Split

University of Iowa track and field splits three ways with multis, mid-distance and distance in California for the Mt. Sac Relays and Bryan Clay Invite, while jumps, sprints and hurdles head to Florida for the Tom Jones Invitational, and throws and some sprinters will be at the Jim Duncan Invite in Des Moines, Iowa.

Fans can follow the meet on the live results link on the track and field schedule page at hawkeyesports.com/tracklive. Results will also be posted on the team’s official twitter account @IowaXC_TF.

University of Iowa track and field competed at the Fighting Illini Challenge last weekend, winning seven events. The weekend prior featured three broken school records: Max Murphy (5k: 13:39.77), Austin Kresley (100m: 10.19) and the 4×100 team of Kalen Walker, Kresley, Gratt Reed and Damoy Allen (38.70). Gratt Reed (110-hurdles: 13.50 – 5th) and Lia Love (200m: 23.23 – 6th) broke into the record books with their performances at the Texas Relays. Tesa Roberts, Chloe Larsen, Jaiden Itson, and the pair of 4×800 relay teams also entered the Top-10 (women’s: Itson, Grace Bookin-Nosbisch, Clare Pitcher and Katie Moore; men’s: Ryan Schreiner, Martin Strong, Armando Bryson and Spencer Gudgel).

This week’s USTFCCCA rankings highlight the Hawkeyes’ early season success, with the men’s team ranked 10th nationally. The women’s team is ranked No. 1 in the Midwest Region, while the men are ranked No. 3. Additionally, the Iowa women are No. 2 in the first conference rankings of the season. The men open the conference standings in third. The women’s team is ranked in the Top-20 in seven event groups, including a second-place ranking in the 400-meter hurdles. The Hawkeye men have four in the Top-20, with their highest ranking being No. 1 in the 400-meter hurdles.

The Hawkeyes opened the season in Coral Gables, Florida, with several strong finishes. Lia Love was the top collegiate finisher in the women’s 100-meter dash, speeding to a personal best time of 11.10. Love’s mark is tied for eighth in the NCAA and leads the Big Ten.

On the men’s side, Austin Kresley zipped to a 10.15 finish in the 100-meter dash. His time is ranked third in the Big Ten and 16th in the NCAA. Additionally, Kresley is part of the 4×100 relay squad, that ran a 39.28 at the Hurricane Invitational. The time ranks fifth in Hawkeye history.

Kat Moody used a personal best 56.47-meter (185’ 3”) discus throw to climb to fourth in the Iowa record books. Her new career best ranks her third in the Big Ten. Moody is ranked sixth in the league in the shot put following her 16.33-meter (53’ 7”) toss in Coral Gables.

University of Iowa track and field earned 17 all-America honors at the 2022 NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Oregon. The men’s team claimed 10 total honors, with seven earning first-team status. Last year, the 4×400-meter relay team of Everett Steward, Chadrick Richards, Spencer Gudgel and Julien Gillum sped to a 3:03.04, sixth place finish, and first-team all-America status. Jordan Johnson fired a career best discus toss of 59.52 meter (195’ 3”) to place eighth and grab his first all-America honor of his career. James Carter, Kalil Johnson, Austin Kresley, Gratt Reed and Khullen Jefferson return as All-Americans. The Iowa women combined for seven total All-Americans, including returners LaSarah Hargrove, Lia Love, Paige Magee in the 4×100-meter relay. Hargrove earned second-team honors in the 100-meter and 200-meter races.

In 2022, the Hawkeye men had 12 entries ranked inside the top-20 regionally, plus Austin West in the decathlon. West secured a berth to the NCAA Championships as the No. 3 seed. James Carter, Jr. entered regionals with the sixth-best long jump mark (No. 23 in NCAA). For the women, LaSarah Hargrove (No. 9, 200m; No. 11, 100m) and Mariel Bruxvoort (No. 11, 400m hurdles) were the top-ranked athletes regionally for the Hawkeyes. Amanda Howe was ranked just outside of the top-15 (No. 16, hammer throw) and Paige Magee was the 17th-ranked 400-meter hurdler in the region and the fourth-fastest Hawkeye in the event. Sophomore Nylah Perry was the fifth Hawkeye to qualify for the 400-meter hurdles, coming in at 44th in the region. All four of Iowa’s relays entered regionals ranked inside the top-10. The men’s 4×400-meter relay team was seeded No. 4 in the region and the 4×100-meter relay checked in at No. 6. On the women’s side, both the 4×100-meter relay and 4×400-meter relay qualified as the No. 10 seeds.

Last year, the Hawkeyes crowned a pair of individual champions at the 2022 Big Ten Outdoor Championships. Amanda Howe won the women’s hammer throw and improved her school record (64.84m / 212’9”). On the men’s side, Julien Gillum won the 400-meter hurdles (51.12) and became the third-consecutive Hawkeye to win gold in the event at the Big Ten meet (Jamal Britt – 2021, Chris Douglas – 2019).

The Iowa men won their first Drake Relays Cup Championship since 2018 at the 112th running of the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa, behind a win in the sprint-medley relay (Austin Kresley, Khullen Jefferson, Julien Gillum, Alec Still). The Hawkeyes finished second in the 4×100-meter relay (Kalil Johnson, Kresley, Gratt Reed, Jefferson), and third in the distance-medley relay, the 4×400-meter relay, and the 4×800-meter relay. Additionally, the Hawkeyes won the shuttle-hurdle relay (a non-Relays Cup event) with the team of Grant Conway, Josh Braverman, Johnson and Reed for the first time since 1984 and set the school record (56.74). James Carter, Jr. became the first university division men’s athlete at the Drake Relays in 16 years to complete a sweep of the horizontal jumps, winning the long jump (7.84m / 25’8.5” w) and the triple jump (15.79m / 51’9.75”) – the second and third Drake Relays flags in his Hawkeye career.

Returning men’s indoor long jump and triple jump All-American senior James Carter, Jr. transitions to the outdoor season, where he won the triple jump at last year’s Jim Click Shootout (15.84m | 51’11.75). Carter, Jr. improved his lifetime-best in the long jump at the Mt. SAC Relays (7.81m | 25’7.5”) – the fifth-furthest jump ever at Iowa. Carter, Jr. became the first university division men’s athlete at the Drake Relays in 16 years to complete a sweep of the horizontal jumps, winning the long jump (7.84m / 25’8.5” w) and the triple jump (15.79m / 51’9.75”) – the second and third Drake Relays flags in his Hawkeye career. At the Big Ten Outdoor Championships, Carter finished as the runner-up in both events.

Senior school-record holder Amanda Howe gears up for the outdoor season after being crowned the Big Ten Champion in the hammer throw a season ago. Senior Kat Moody returns as the leader of the women’s shot put and discus. Both Howe and Moody saved their best for last by setting season bests at the Big Ten Championships in their respective events.

Junior Jordan Johnson returns as an NCAA outdoor qualifier in the discus, throwing a career best 59.52 meters (195’ 3”) at the NCAA Championships in Eugene. The senior thrower earned All-American honors with an eighth-place finish. Johnson began his postseason push with a 2nd place finish at the Big Ten Championships (57.63 meters | 189’ 1”), followed by a 6th place mark at the NCAA West Prelims (57.09 meters | 187’ 4”).

The Hawkeye men have eight top-10 NCAA Outdoor Championship finishes in program history, the last coming in 1932 (sixth). The Hawkeyes finished third on three occasions (1921, 1923 and 1930). In modern history, the Hawkeyes best NCAA finish was in 2021 when they placed 12th. Other top-25 finishes include 17th in 2017, 19th in 1995, 21st in 1993 and 21st in 1989. The Hawkeye women’s best finish at the NCAA Outdoor Championships came in 2018, when they placed 13th with 19 points. Laulauga Tausaga scored 10 points that year, placing fourth in both shot put and discus. The women also placed in the top-25 in 2019 (25th), 2006 (20th), 1992 (19th) and 1985 (20th).

The Hawkeyes host the Musco Twilight at the Francis X. Cretzmeyer Track on Saturday, April 22.