Emmanuel Ogwo-Iowa
©Jim Kirby 2017

Hawks Send Split Squads to Meets This Weekend

Carter Lilly-SC East-Iowa ©Jim Kirby 2017

Carter Lilly-SC East-Iowa
©Jim Kirby 2017

THIS WEEK
The University of Iowa track and field team splits up for the first time this season. The Hawkeyes travel to Fayetteville, Ark., for the Tyson Invitational and Ames, Iowa, to compete in the Iowa State Classic. Both meets run Feb. 10-11.

FOLLOW ALONG
Live results will be available through the team’s schedule page on hawkeyesports.com.

LILLY’S LEAGUE OF HIS OWN
At the Meyo Invitational on Feb. 4, junior Carter Lilly set a school record in the 800-meters. Lilly’s time of 1:47.33 surpassed former Hawkeye and world champion Erik Sowinski by .29 seconds. The Sioux City, Iowa, native ranks third in the Big Ten, sixth in the nation, and 12th in the world.

Senior Aaron Mallett, 1st in 60-meter hurdles (7.75)IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS
According to the USTFCCCA’s National Team rankings released on Feb. 6, the Hawkeye men rank 31st in the nation and fifth in the Big Ten.

THE BIG TEN’S 4X400M LEADER
The 4×400-meter relay team of freshman Emmanuel Ogwo, senior Aaron Mallett, sophomore Dejuan Frye, and sophomore Mar’yea Harris reign atop the Big Ten leaderboard after their performance at the Meyo Invitational on Feb. 4. The group recorded a time of 3:07.08 to rank third in Iowa history, first in the Big Ten, and eighth in the country.

FRESHMEN THROWERS ENTER IOWA’S TOP-10
Two freshmen throwers entered Iowa’s top 10 at the Meyo Invitational over the weekend. Laulauga Tausaga (48-5 1/4, 14.76m) and Erika Hammond (47-9 1/4, 14.56m) both recorded personal best throws in the shot put and rank fifth and seventh all-time, respectively.

SHINE SETS MASSIVE PERSONAL BEST 
Sophomore Andrea Shine recorded a new personal best on her way to an 11th-place finish in the 5,000-meters at the Meyo Invitational on Feb. 3. Shine shaved off over a minute from her previous time, clocking in at 16:49.23, which ranks seventh in the Big Ten. Her previous best of 18:08.18 was set at the Illinois State Invitational on Sept. 9.

FRESHMEN SHOW PROMISE
Through the first five meets of the season, six Hawkeye freshmen lead the team in their respective events: Tysen VanDraska (1,000-meters), Akinshe Calica-Hill (triple jump), Amber Decker (800-meters), Aubrianna Lantrip (high jump), Laulauga Tausaga (shot put), and Jenny Kimbro (pentathlon). In addition, six freshmen have entered Iowa’s all-time list on nine different events — Kimbro (pentathlon/3rd, 60H/7th, long jump/6th), Warhman (pentathlon/8th, triple jump/7th), Lantrip (high jump/10th), Schilb (triple jump/9th), Hammond (shot put/7th), and Tausaga (shot put/5th).

BIG TEN LEADERS
Iowa has 9 events that rank in the top three in the Big Ten:

IN LINE FOR NCAAS
If the regular season ended this week, the following Hawkeyes would qualify for the NCAA Championships in College Station, Texas, by ranking in the top 16 nationally — Carter Lilly (800m), Aaron Mallett (60H), Mallett, Emmanuel Ogwo, DeJuan Frye, Mar’yea Harris (4x400m Relay), O’Shea Wilson (Long Jump), Avery Meyers (Shot Put).

JANUARY BY THE NUMBERS
During Iowa’s four-meet home stand, the team spent 50 hours competing, set three facility records, 101 personal bests, captured 38 event titles, and ran almost 100,000 meters on their new track.

NEXT ON THE BLOCK
The Hawkeyes host their final home competition of the indoor season on Feb. 18, while a small group of athletes will travel to the Alex Wilson Invitational in South Bend, Ind. The Iowa Open’s first event is tentatively scheduled for 11 a.m. (CT).