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Briana Guillory dabbled with several sports growing up and she was unsure what to expect when she signed up for track and field as a sophomore at Deer Valley (California) High School.
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Previously, she had attended camps for basketball, softball, and soccer. Soccer appealed to her most; she enjoyed kicking the ball, stealing it from others, and even putting a slide tackle on opponents.
“Probably not a great thing,” Guillory said about her fixation for contact.
Her sport of choice turned when the Deer Valley track and field coach lined every Wolverine sprinter across the track for a run-off to see who would be in the 4×100-meter relay.
“I had just joined and I beat everybody,” Guillory recalls. “I beat the fastest girl and she was big stuff at the high school.”
Guillory has become pretty big stuff as well. Already a seven-time All-American and school record holder in the 400-meter dash, the University of Iowa senior is eager to finish her collegiate career in the fast lane.
“We don’t put any numerical goals as far as, ‘Hey, I want you to run this or run that’ because that is putting limitations on her,” Iowa associate head track and field coach Clive Roberts said. “The sky is the limit for her. We have big aspirations this year.”
Like is often the case in recruiting, Roberts noticed Guillory’s times before he started the recruiting process. After all, Guillory lived in California, a 30-hour car ride from Iowa City, Iowa. Little did anyone at Iowa know, but a plus in recruiting was the fact Iowa occasionally gets snowfall.
“I love the snow,” Guillory said. “We had to drive for the snow in California. Here I just scoop up a snowball and throw it.”
There’s something else about Guillory that isn’t widely known. In high school she not only ran, but did well, at cross country. And on the track she had success at distances up to 800 meters. At some point Guillory decided to specialize in the 100 and 200 dashes and possibly contribute a leg on the 4×400 relay. Coaches at both high school and college made sure she also entered the open 400.
That turned out to be a good decision.
At her final high school state meet, Guillory was runner-up in the 400 (54.29 seconds), ran second leg on the third-place 4×400 relay (3:45.84), and was fifth in the 200 (23.99).
By that time — the spring of 2015 — Guillory understood the nuances of the sport that might not have been clear when she started three years earlier.
“I didn’t realize there was a difference between winning your heat and winning the race entirely,” Guillory said. “I was like, ‘Oh, I didn’t just beat everybody (in the lanes) beside me, I beat everybody (in the heats) before me and after me. That is when I realized I was kind of fast.”
Guillory made a speedy introduction into the Big Ten Conference. During the 2016 indoor season, she ran the second leg on Iowa’s 4×400 relay that finished ninth at the NCAA Championships for second-team All-America honors. At the outdoor Big Ten Championships, she won the 200 dash and was the second leg on the winning 4×400 relay. She was a three-time national qualifier outdoors and was twice named second-team All-America (4×100 and 4×400 relays), as well as honorable mention in the 200.
After the season, Guillory was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year, team Most Valuable Performer, and Iowa’s Outstanding Freshman.
That initial success would be tough to duplicate, but as a junior in 2018, Guillory placed sixth in the 400 meters (51.68) and was second leg on Iowa’s 4×400 relay that placed ninth at the NCAA Championships (3:33.19) for two more All-America accolades. At the Big Ten Indoor Championships, she was first in the 400 (52.08) and runner-up in the 200 (23.22).
Guillory added a seventh All-America honor by placing 10th in the 400 dash (52.36) at the NCAA Outdoor Championships on June 7 in Eugene, Oregon.
As for career highlights, she is just getting out of the starting blocks.
“They are yet to come,” Guillory said. “Having a home meet for Big Ten outdoors (May 10-12) will be the highlight of my career. My family will be here and our (Iowa) family will obviously be here, and I think we’ll get a really good crowd.”
On June 23, 2018, at the U.S. Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, Guillory placed seventh in the 400 dash with a time of 51.30 seconds. That bettered the University of Iowa record of 51.35 set by Kineke Alexander 12 years earlier.
“It means a lot to me because I started to realize how much it would take to break that (400 record),” Guillory said. “Because it stood that long is enough to show that not everybody has a chance to do something like that — to have my name up there in black and gold is real nice.”
Alexander, the last Hawkeye to win an NCAA championship, also holds the school indoor record in the 400 at 51.48 seconds. Not one to set individual goals, Guillory has made an exception when it comes to what she wants during this indoor season.
“I’m going after the indoor record,” she said. “As long as you’re doing all the little things as perfect as you can and you are being really persistent, (fast times) will come.”
Just as impressive as being a seven-time All-American is the fact Guillory has been part of 19 relays that rank in the top 10 all-time at Iowa.
“She is a great worker, she puts in the work,” Roberts said. “Obviously she is super-talented, but she doesn’t take anything for granted. She works her butt off — everything I ask of her she does.”
Guillory’s time at Iowa is waning. Call it poetic justice, but her second-to-last outdoor meet will be held in Sacramento, an hour from where she grew up.
“It hasn’t hit me that every meet I have this year will be my last,” Guillory said. “I’m glad I get to be at home for (the NCAA West Preliminary) and that I get to see my family for a second while I’m there.”
Guillory returns to the track Saturday at the Larry Wieczorek Invitational in the University of Iowa Recreation Building. She is scheduled to run the 400 meter dash premier (3 p.m.) and the 4×400 relay premier (7:15).
Maddie McCalla set a meet record and put up the fifth-best time in UNI history to win the 400m dash and highlight a strong Panther performance at the Hawkeye Invitational that included nine top-three finishes and five event wins.
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McCalla won the 400m dash with a run of 55.57 which topped the meet record of 56.13. Her time is the best mark in the Missouri Valley Conference this season.
Evan Long also won the 400m with a time of 48.10 which moves him into the top-10 all-time for the Panthers. He also has the top time in MVC to date this season.
McKayla Cole won the 3K with a time of 10:07.88. The time is the second-fastest so far in the MVC to date.
The men’s 4×400-relay team finished first with a time of 3:13.69 for the top time in the MVC this season.
In the field events, Keegan Tritle won the shot put with a toss of 58-11.25, the top throw in the MVC so far this season.
Other top-3 finishes include Patrice Watson who took third in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.84. Tayshaun Cooper finished third in the 200m dash with a time of 21.95. Sven Van Den Bergh was second in the 400m dash, just two-tenths of a second behind Long with a time of 48.12.
Alanna Nietert was third in the weight throw with a toss of 61-2.
Connor Ham was fifth in the 60-meter hurdles, but his time of 8.07 is the top in the MVC to date.
The Panthers are back in action on Jan. 19 at the NDSU Invite in Fargo, N.D.
University of Iowa track and field team won seven events at the Hawkeye Invitational on Saturday, adding to junior Laulauga Tausaga’s school record weight throw on Friday.
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Tausaga picked up her second win in the shot put (16.02m, 52-6 3/4).
“I know there’s still more in the tank, especially after I saw my warmups,” Tausaga said. “I’m just trying to prepare for Big Ten Championships and get a spot on the NCAA qualifiers list.”
QUOTING COACH WOODY
“I thought it was a great January opener,” Iowa Director of Track and Field Joey Woodysaid. “We had some great performances. We came out and had Laulauga in the weight throw break the school record and kept things going.
“In the men’s hurdles, Jaylan [McConico] had an excellent preliminary race, just pressed a little bit in the finals. Right now with his time, that should qualify him for the national race already. If he would have finished the race a little better on the last two hurdles, I think he’d be leading the nation right now. Definitely a good start to the season for him. We’re excited that he’s a part of our program. That was fun to see.
“I was proud of Payton Wensel today. She had a long day, running three races. She was runner-up in the 400 meters with a personal record, ran a near personal record in the 200 meters, and came back and had a great anchor leg in the relay.”
HAWKEYES TAKE GOLD
Five women’s track and field athletes and the 1,600-meter relay team won events at the Hawkeye Invitational.
- Antonise Christian won the 60-meter dash (7.60) with a collegiate best.
- Jenny Kimbro won the 60-meter hurdles (8.38) for the second time this season
- Briana Guillory ran the 600 meters and won in 1:30.92.
- Freshman Grace McCabe won her first collegiate race in the 800 meters (2:12.98).
- Tria Simmons jumped 5.68 meters (18-7 3/4) to earn the long jump win.
- Kylie Morken, Kimbro, Talia Buss, and Payton Wensel won the 1,600-meter relay in 3:45.73.
The women tallied 10 personal bests:
- Payton Wensel, 400 meters (56.61)
- Lindsay Welker, 600 meters (1:37.91)
- Megan Schott, mile (4:54.96)
- Jordan Winke, mile (5:10.47)
- Kylie Latham, mile (5:13.17)
- Aubrianna Lantrip, high jump (1.76m, 5-9 1/4) – tied previous best
- Nia Britt, weight throw (18.32m, 60-1 1/4)
- Allison Wahrman, weight throw (15.87m, 52-0 3/4)
- Erika Hammond, weight throw (15.25m, 50-0 1/2)
The men added five personal bests:
- Antonio Woodard, 60 meters (6.85) – tied previous best
- Jaylan McConico, 60-meter hurdles (7.73)
- Noah Healy, mile (4:12.25)
- Daniel Soto, mile (4:13.09)
- Ian Eklin, mile (4:13.42)
The Hawkeyes host their third of four indoor home meets with the Larry Wieczorek Invitational on Jan. 18-19. Teams competing include Arizona, Baylor, Illinois, Iowa State, Minnesota, Missouri, Purdue, and Wisconsin. Admission is free.
A sweep of the 1,000-meter run highlighted Iowa State’s day at the Hawkeye Invitational Saturday. Dan Curts and Jasmine Staebler got the wins on the day for the Cylones, while Logan Schneider put up an impressive performance in the 60-meter hurdles.
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Dan Curts opened his indoor season with a victory, taking a hard-fought battle over Zack Penrod of Wichita State in the men’s 1,000m. Curts made his move to take the lead on his third of five laps but the Shockers’ Penrod was able to close late with a final lap of 28.64, but Curts was able to hang on for the victory. Milo Greder finished fourth in 2:28.62.
In the men’s 60-meter hurdles, Logan Schneider put up his second PR in as many meets, crossing the line in third with a 7.80. His time moves him up to No. 3 in Iowa State history for the event and, at the time of publication, sees him ranked at No. 6 in NCAA Division I for the event this season.
On the women’s side, Jasmine Staebler led a Cyclone 1-2-3 in the 1,000m with a wire-to-wire leading time of 2:53.02. Right behind her was Erinn Stenman-Fahey in 2:53.16, while Gwynne Wright got the win in heat two to finish third overall on 2:55.07.
Iowa State will be back in Iowa City next weekend for the Larry Wieczorek Invitational. Competition will take place on Friday and Saturday.
Iowa State Results
60m Hurdles Prelims (M): 1. Jaylan McConico, Iowa – 7.73; 4. Logan Schneider, Iowa State – 7.95
60m Hurdles Prelims (W): 1. Jenny Kimbro, Iowa – 8.40; 2. Kaylyn Hall, Iowa State – 8.61; 6. Katarina Vlahovic, Iowa State – 8.88; 18. Emily Coghill, Iowa State – 9.28
400m Dash (M): 1. Evan Long, UNI – 48.10; 3. Roshon Roomes, Iowa State – 48.17; 13. Charlie Johnson, Iowa State – 50.93
400m Dash (W): 1. Maddie McCalla, UNI – 55.57; 3. Zakiyah Amos, Iowa State – 56.70
1,000m Run (M): 1. Dan Curts, Iowa State – 2:25.03; 4. Milo Greder, Iowa State – 2:28.62; 12. Cebastian Gentil, Iowa State – 2:39.14; 13. Zach Black, Iowa State – 2:40.48; Nate Kennedy, Iowa State – DNF
1,000m Run (W): 1. Jasmine Staebler, Iowa State – 2:53.02; 2. Erinn Stenman-Fahey, Iowa State – 2:53.16; 3. Gwynne Wright, Iowa State – 2:55.07; 5. Alexis Gourrier, Iowa State – 2:57.03; 7. Larkin Chapman, Iowa State – 3:01.66
60m Hurdles Final (M): 1. Aaron Mallett, Unattached – 7.63; 3. Logan Schneider, Iowa State – 7.80
60m Hurdles Final (W): 1. Jenny Kimbro, Iowa – 8.38; 2. Kaylyn Hall, Iowa State – 8.63; 5. Katarina Vlahovic, Iowa State – 8.91
600m Run (W): 1. Briana Guillory, Iowa – 1:30.92; 2. Sydney Milani, Iowa State – 1:33.68; 4. Emma Whigham, Iowa State – 1:35.29; 8. Laurel Hoogensen, Iowa State – 1:37.62
800m Run (W): 1. Grace McCabe, Iowa – 2:12.98; 8. Maggie Davis, Iowa State – 2:19.90; 9. Anna Herriott, Iowa State – 2:21.13; 14. Brina Kraft, Iowa State – 2:29.50
Mile Run (M): 1. Eldon Warner, South Dakota – 4:09.22; 9. Jared Schuckman, Iowa State – 4:16.88; 20. Thomas Pollard, Iowa State – 4:25.31
Mile Run (W): 1. Rebekah Topham, Wichita State – 4:53.06; 3. Karly Ackley, Iowa State – 4:55.56; 11. Morgan Gigandet, Iowa State – 5:08.43
200m Dash (M): 1. Kenny Bednarek, Indian Hills CC -20.60; 5. Gage Clay, Iowa State – 22.14
4x400m Relay (M): 1. UNI – 3:13.69; 2. Iowa State (Eric Fogltanz, Ben Kelly, Nate Kennedy, Roshon Roomes) – 3:14.86
4x400m Relay (W): 1. Iowa -3:45.73; 2. Iowa State (Emma Whigham, Zakiyah Amos, Laurel Hoogensen, Sydney Milani) – 3:45.90
Long Jump (M): 1. Rayvon Allen, Wichita State – 24-9 1/4 (7.55m); 8. Chandler Diercks, Iowa State – 23-0 3/4 (7.03m)
With the winter break over, the Iowa State track and field team is back in action this weekend at the Hawkeye Invitational on Saturday. Competition begins with field events at 10 a.m. and running events at 12:30 p.m. inside the UI Recreation Building.
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Saturday’s action will primarily be focused on the track, with 35 of ISU’s 36 entries coming in running events. On the men’s side, hurdlers Logan Schneider and Mason Weh got off to strong starts to their season in the 60-meter hurdles, both currently ranking in the top-8 of NCAA Division I. They will be back in the 60 hurdles this weekend, along with Eric Fogltanz. A strong group of middle distance runners are also entered to compete, with Roshon Roomes in the 400m, Zach Black and Dan Curts in the 1,000m and Thomas Pollard in the Mile.
On the women’s side, they are also bringing a strong middle distance group. Four-time All-American Jasmine Staebler will make her season debut in the 1,000m run, where she will be joined by ISU’s 2018 Big 12 Indoors 1-2 finishers in the 1,000 in Larkin Chapman and Erinn Stenman-Fahey, respectively. Karly Ackley and Abby Caldwell are entered to make season debuts in the mile.
Entries (as of Jan. 10, 7:54 PM)
200m Dash: Gage Clay
400m Dash: Charlie Johnson, Roshon Roomes
1,000m Run: Zach Black, Dan Curts, Cebastian Gentil, Milo Greder, Nate Kennedy
Mile Run: Thomas Pollard, Jared Schuckman
60m Hurdles: Eric Fogltanz, Logan Schneider, Mason Weh
4x400m Relay: Two Teams
Long Jump: Chandler Diercks
400m Dash: Zakiyah Amos
600m Run: Laurel Hoogensen, Sydney Milani, Emma Whigham
800m Run: Maggie Davis, Anna Herriott, Brina Kraft
1,000m Run: Larkin Chapman, Alexis Gourrier, Jasmine Staebler, Erinn Stenman-Fahey, Gwynne Wright
Mile Run: Karly Ackley, Abby Caldwell, Morgan Gigandet
60m Hurdles: Emily Coghill, Kaylyn Hall, Katarina Vlahovic
4x400m Relay: Two Teams
The University of Iowa track and field team opens 2019 hosting the Hawkeye Invitational on Friday and Saturday. The teams competing include Bradley, Indian Hills, Iowa Central, Iowa State, Loyola, Northern Iowa, South Dakota, and Wichita State. The meet begins Friday at 1 p.m. (CT) with the weight throw at the Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Complex. Jumps begin at 10 a.m. (CT) on Saturday at the UI Rec Building. Running events start at 12:30 p.m. (CT) with the 60-meter hurdle preliminaries. A full schedule of events is located at HawkeyeSports.com. Admission is free.
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FOLLOW THE HAWKEYES
Fans can follow the meet on the live results page on hawkeyesports.com/tracklive. Results will also be posted on the team’s official twitter account @iowaxc_tf and live video of the meet is available on BTN2Go.
EARLY BIRDS GET THE GOLD
The Hawkeyes opened the 2018-19 season in December for the first time ever, hosting the Jimmy Grant Invitational. The men earned wins in the 60 meters (Antonio Woodard, 6.88), 300 meters (Antonio Woodard, 32.89), 600 meters (Mar’yea Harris, 1:18.77), shot put (Reno Tuufuli, 18.04m), triple jump (James Carter, 14.53m), and 1,600-meter relay (Clarke, Lietz, Olson, Harris, 3:13.34).
The women added eight wins in the 60 meters (Antonise Christian, 7.64) 60-meter hurdles (Jenny Kimbro, 8.34), 500 meters (Daneisha Woodside, 1:17.03), 600 meters (Taylor Arco, 1:32.82), weight throw (Laulauga Tausaga, 20.19m), shot put (Laulauga Tausaga, 16.46m), and the 1,600-meter relay (Wensel, Woodside, Bruxvoort, Weum, 3:47.73).
Junior Laulauga Tausaga broke her previous school record in the weight throw (20.19m, 66-3), Antonio Woodard broke the UI Rec Building 300 meters record (32.89), and Jenny Kimbro improved to No. 3 on Iowa’s all-time top-10 list in the 60-meter hurdles (8.34).
MEET THE RECORD HOLDERS
Six Hawkeyes on the roster account for four indoor school records. They include:
Nathan Mylenek, Collin Hofacker, Carter Lilly, and Michael Melchert: distance medley relay (9:33.90)
Reno Tuufuli: shot put (19.28m)
Laulauga Tausaga: shot put (16.51m) and weight throw (20.19m)
UI Rec Building Record holder:
Antonio Woodard: 300 meters (32.89)
2018 INDOOR ALL-AMERICANS
The Hawkeyes finished the 2018 indoor season with 14 All-America honors, the most in program history. Returning this season is first team All-American Briana Guillory (400 meters), and second team All-Americans Mar’yea Harris (400 meters, 1,600-meter relay), Chris Douglas (60-meter hurdles), Collin Hofacker (1,600-meter relay), and DeJuan Frye (1,600-meter relay). Guillory also earned second team honors in the 1,600-meter relay.
First Team — Jahisha Thomas (LJ, TJ), Briana Guillory (400 meters)
Second Team — Mar’yea Harris (400 meters, 1,600-meter relay), Chris Douglas (60-meter hurdles), Collin Hofacker (1,600-meter relay), DeJuan Frye (1,600-meter relay), Bradford Garron (1,600-meter relay), Sheridan Champe (1,600-meter relay), Brittany Brown (200 meters, 1,600-meter relay), Sarah Plock (1,600-meter relay), Briana Guillory (1,600-meter relay)
GUILLORY EARNS GOLD FOR TEAM USA
Senior Briana Guillory won gold in the 1,600-meter relay for Team USA at the 2018 North America, Central America, and Caribbean Championships in Toronto, Canada. Guillory ran the first leg, while Jasmine Blocker of Tulane University, Kiana Horton of Baylor University and Courtney Okolo of the University of Texas finished the race in 3:26.08.
ALL WE DO IS WIN
At the 2018 Indoor Big Ten Championships, Nathan Mylenek, Chris Thompson, Carter Lilly, and Michael Melchert impressed with a come-from-behind win as Melchert passed five teams in the home stretch to earn the Hawkeyes first ever conference title in the event.
Senior Briana Guillory earned her first Big Ten Indoor title at the 2018 conference championships in the 400 meters (52.08).
RETURNING BIG TEN LEADERS
The Hawkeyes return 13 athletes who ranked in the Big Ten top five in 2018. Briana Guillory and Mar’yea Harris placed in the top five in multiple events.
Briana Guillory: 400 meters (1st), 200 meters (2nd), 1,600-meter relay (3rd)
Carter Lilly: distance medley relay (1st)
Michael Melchert: distance medley relay (1st)
Nathan Mylenek: distance medley relay (1st)
Chris Thompson: distance medley relay (1st)
Mar’yea Harris: 400 meters (2nd), 1,600-meter relay (3rd)
Reno Tuufuli: shot put (2nd)
Dejuan Frye: 1,600-meter relay (3rd)
Collin Hofacker: 1,600-meter relay (3rd)
Chris Douglas: 60-meter hurdles (4th)
Jenny Kimbro: pentathlon (4th)
Tria Simmons: pentathlon (5th)
Tysen VanDraska: 800 meters (5th)
RETURNING NCAA LEADERS
Iowa returns four athletes that finished the 2018 indoor season inside the country’s top 10. Briana Guillory finished 2018 fifth in the country in the 400 meters (52.08), and Collin Hofacker, DeJuan Frye, and Mar’yea Harris were 10th in the 1,600-meter relay (3:05.33).
Iowa returns three NCAA top 10 athletes from the outdoor season. Laulauga Tausagaranked seventh in discus (59.86m), Mar’yea Harris ranked eighth in the 400 meters (44.98), and Reno Tuufuli ranked ninth in discus (60.87m).
COUNTING CURRENT ALL-TIME HAWKEYES
The men have 17 current athletes in Iowa’s indoor all-time top 10 (46 times), led by school-record holders Mar’yea Harris, (400-meters, 1,600-meter relay), Carter Lilly(800-meters, Distance medley relay), Reno Tuufuli (shot put) DeJuan Frye (1,600-meter relay), Collin Hofacker (1,600-meter relay, distance medley relay), Nathan Mylenek(distance medley relay), and Michael Melchert (distance medley relay).
The women have 11 athletes in the top 10 (19 times). Laulauga Tausaga holds the school records in the shot put (16.51m) and weight throws (20.03m).
NEXT ON THE BLOCK
The Hawkeyes host their third of four indoor home meets in January with the Larry Wieczorek Invitational on Jan. 18-19. Teams competing include Arizona, Baylor, Illinois, Iowa State, Minnesota, Missouri, Purdue, and Wisconsin.
The Iowa State cross country/track and field program made 10 additions during the Fall signing period over the past month, director of Men’s and Women’s Track and Cross Country Martin Smith announced on Monday.
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Chase McAlister – Lake City, Iowa
McCalister joins the Cyclones from South Central Calhoun High School, where he was the Class 2A runner-up at 800 meters in a personal best 1:56.51. He also qualified for the 2018 state meet in the 400-meter dash and in the sprint medley relay and distance medley relay, the later of which he helped SCCHS finish third.
McAlister is a four-sport star, as he adds to his track and field accomplishments with all-district honors in football and baseball and a sections qualifier in wrestling.
Matthew Meinke – Neenah, Wisconsin
Meinke, ranked No. 20 on the MileSplit 50, has posted consecutive third-place finishes at the WIAA Division 1 Cross Country State Championships, the latter of which helped lead his Neehan squad to a state title.
A two-time Fox Valley Association cross country champion, Meinke finished second at 3,200 in a PR of 9:06.62 at the track and field state championships last season before taking sixth in the 5,000 at New Balance Nationals. Meinke boasts a PR of 14:50.10 at 5K.
Chase Mullenix – Atlantic, Iowa
Mullenix was one of the stars of the Iowa State Track & Field Championships this past spring, racking up four state titles for Atlantic, including the 800-meters which he got in a personal best 1:55.38.
Mullenix, whose parents both ran track at UNI, played five sports in high school. Along with track, he has earned All-State honors in football, All-Conference honors in baseball and basketball and is a member of Atlantic’s wrestling team.
Joe Schaefer – Johnston, Iowa
Schaefer racked up three top-five finishes at the 2018 Iowa High School State Track meet, finishing fourth in the Class 4A 800 at 1:54.55. A couple of weeks after wrapping up his season with the Dragons, Schaefer finished eighth in the 800 at the Festival of Miles in St. Louis.
Tim Sindt – Ankeny, Iowa
Sindt is the champion of the past two Iowa High School Class 4A state championships, including an undefeated senior campaign. Sindt’s outstanding final season at Ankeny included him breaking Iowa’s all-time mark for a 5K cross country run, going 14:51.50 at Ankeny Centennial on Oct. 4.
On the track, Sindt finished second at 1,600m (4:18.70) and third at 3,200m (9:19.38) with a pair of personal bests at the Class 4A state championships back in May.
Bria Barnes – Elkins Park, Pennsylvania
Barnes is a state champion sprinter for Cheltenham High School, where she was a member of CHS’ state title winning 4x100m relay last season. She also picked up a Penn Relays title as part of the 4×100 squad.
Injuries prevented Barnes from showing her strength in the hurdles last season, as she boasts a personal best of 1:00.48 from her sophomore track season in the 400-meter hurdles.
Grace Dickel – Minneapolis, Minnesota
Dickel wrapped up her senior cross country season with a sixth place finish at the Minnesota State Cross Country Championships, and spending the entirety of her senior campaign ranked No. 6 in the Class AA rankings.
On the track, Dickel finished third at 3,200m at the Minnesota High School State Championships as a junior, clocking a personal best 10:48.28 in the process.
Dana Feyen – Galesville, Wisconsin
Feyen has had a decorated prep career at Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau High School. Her senior season of cross country saw her finish second at the State XC Meet, and win the state titles in 2016 and 2017. She was a four-time conference and sectional champion in XC.
On the track, Feyen is the two-time defending state champion at 3,200m (PR: 10:36.06) and won the 1,600m (PR: 5:00.20) after finishing second as a junior and third as a sophomore. She has five conference titles across 1,600/3,200m.
Madelynn Hill – Liberty, Missouri
Hill wrapped up her junior season of track and field with a pair of fifth place finishes at 800m (2:15.83) and 1,600m (5:05.45), and a third place finish leading off the 4x400m relay at the state championships. She also won her conference titles at those distances, plus 3,200m (11:21.63).
At the Festival of Miles to close out her season, she went under five minutes in the mile, clocking in at 4:57.49.
Janette Schraft – Malvern, Iowa
Schraft, now at Glenwood after spending her first three high school seasons at East Mills, began her tenure with the Rams in the Fall by claiming the 3A cross country state championship.
At East Mills, Schraft racked up seven state titles on the track, including 2018’s Class 1A crowns at 800, 1,500 and the 400 hurdles. In the summer, Schraft won the USATF Junior Olympics crown for the 17-18 Division 2,000-meter steeplechase.
UNI track and field head coach Dave Paulson announced the addition of Diavonte Smith to the UNI coaching staff where he will coach sprints and hurdles.
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Junior Laulauga Tausaga opened the University of Iowa track and field indoor season with a school record and win in the weight throw (20.19m, 66′ 3″), and junior Antonio Woodard set the UI Rec Building record to win the 300 meters (32.89) at the Jimmy Grant Invitational on Saturday.
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“Lauga seems to break the school record in every meet,” Iowa head coach Joey Woodysaid. “She’s keeping the same trend going as she did last year. She’s one of the biggest leaders on the team, not just with her performances, but she’s also a great leader, very charismatic person. It’s fun to see her have some success.
“Then seeing Antonio go out and have a great meet today, he’s a guy that continues to work hard and is dedicated and focused on training, and taking care of his body. It was fun to watch him run back-to-back 60 meters and come back to break the track record.”
The event was the first December competition that the Hawkeyes have hosted, and success was around every turn.
“It was a long day, but it was fun,” Woody said. “This is the first time we’ve ever had the Jimmy Grant Invitational. It’s exciting to honor our former coach Jimmy Grant. We came away with some great performances.”
Tausaga and Woodard added two more wins in the shot put (16.46m, 54′ 0″) and 60 meters (6.88), respectively.
“I know there is a lot more in the tank,” Tausaga said. “Practices have been going very well, and Coach [Eric Werskey] wanted us to start off like we never ended the last season. To come out, PR, and break the school record was amazing and it just sets me up for some damage that can help the team.”
Woodard added similar thoughts.
“I can’t complain, it was a pretty good day,” he said. “I was a little tired going into the 300 meters, but I was like ‘I’m just going to lay it all out there and forget about what I’m feeling right now. This is bigger than what I’m feeling right now. This is the home track. Everyone’s watching.’ I wanted to do what I could and make my team and coaches proud.”
Eight more Hawkeyes earned wins, including Jenny Kimbro with the third fastest 60-meter hurdles time (8.34) in Iowa history, Reno Tuufuli in the shot put (18. 04m, 59′ 2 1/4″), Taylor Arco (1:32.82) and Mar’yea Harris (1:18.77) in the men’s and women’s 600 meters, Daneisha Woodside in the 500 meters (1:17.03), Antonise Christian in the 60 meters (7.64), and James Carter (14.53m, 47′ 8″) and Hannah Schlib (12.10m, 39′ 8 1/2″) in the triple jump.
The 1,600-meter relay teams including Raymund Clarke, Austin Leitz, Tyler Olson, and Mar’yea Harris (3:13.34) for the men, and Payton Wensel, Daneisha Woodside, Mariel Bruxvoort, and Aly Weum (3:47.73) added two more wins for Iowa.
“We expect to compete at a high level, especially when we’re at home,” Woody said. “We want to win every race. It doesn’t matter if it’s heat one, two, three or four. I just want my athletes, when they’re going head-to-head, to win their event, win their heat, their flight, or whatever because that’s how they are going to continue to grow.”
The success continued for the team with nine Hawkeyes setting career bests. Tausaga, Arco and Kimbro’s wins in the weight throw, 600 meters, and 60-meter hurdles earned their top marks. Additional career bests came from Josh Braverman in the 60-meter hurdles, Tia Saunders (1:33.30), Alexis Gay (1:37.72), Lindsay Welker (1:38.57), and Matt Manternach (1:18.79) in the 600 meters, and Macie Weber in the 1,000 meters (3:00.83).
The Hawkeyes return to the UI Rec Building January 11-12 to host the Hawkeye Invitational.