Carter Lilly-SC East-Iowa
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Hawks Take Conference Title at Home

Coach Joey Woody-Iowa ©Stephen Mally/Hawkeyesports.com 2019

Coach Joey Woody-Iowa
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The University of Iowa won the Men’s Big Ten Outdoor Track and Field Championships for the fourth time in school history with 116 points on Sunday. The last time the Hawkeyes won was in 2011, the most recent time that they hosted.

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“The guys did what we came here to do, what we’ve been planning all year,” Iowa Director of Track and Field Joey. “They’ve had a vision, a mindset, a drive, a heart, and it has been all about fighting and loving each other and doing it for the team and doing it for each other. They all came through, it was awesome.”

The women tied their best finish, taking third place for the second consecutive year with 93 points behind Ohio State (126) and Indiana (95).

“Both of our teams did really well. The women got third, almost second, and had a great battle. I’m very proud of both teams,” Woody said.

Seven Hawkeyes came away with gold medals in four events on the  final day of competition.

Junior Laulauaga Tausaga is three-for-three in the women’s discus, earning her third consecutive title with a facility record, 60.28 meters (197-9).

“It means a lot. Our coaches have been telling us it’s our turf, we’re comfortable with it, so we should have the ability to take advantage of being home and try to get up there on the Big Ten list, so I’m very excited that I came out and did exactly what they wanted me to do,” Tausaga said.

On the men’s side, senior Mar’yea Harris won the 400 meters in 45.67, and senior Chris Douglas ran a personal best 400-meter hurdles to win in 50.32. Freshman Wayne Lawrence, Jr., junior Chris Thompson, and seniors Carter Lilly and Harris expanded the men’s lead out of reach from second place finishers, Indiana (103 points), with the 1,600-meter relay win (3:07.36).

“Being at home really makes it special for everyone,” Harris said. “The fans, my teammates, and family are out there, so going out and winning in front of them was a really good moment, very special to me.”

MEDALS, ON MEDALS, ON MEDALS
The Hawkeyes medaled nine more times on day three, earning six silver medals and three bronze medals. Juniors Jaylan McConico, Karayme Bartley, Anthony Williams, and Antonio Woodard all ran personal bests to earn hardware.

2. Jenny Kimbro – 100 hurdles (13.38)
2. Jaylan McConico – 110 hurdles (13.78)
2. Briana Guillory – 200 meters (23.31)
2. Briana Guillory – 400 meters (52.66)
2. Karayme Bartley – 400 meters (45.80)
2. Konstadina Spanoudakis – discus (52.94 meters, 173-8)
3. Anthony Williams – 110 hurdles (13.81)
3. Antonio Woodard – 200 meters (20.69)
3. Raymonte Dow – 400 hurdles (51.37)

POINTS SCORED
The Hawkeyes scored 17 additional times. The men’s 400-meter relay, including junior Collin Hofacker, Woodard, Lawrence, and Bartley, tied Iowa’s 10th all-time fastest mark. Sophomore Josh Braverman broke his personal best in the 110 high hurdles for the second time this weekend in 13.96, freshman James Carter jumped 15.28 meters (50-1 3/4) to add a personal best in the triple jump, and senior Tria Simmons ran a personal best in the 100-meter hurdles (13.72).

4. Matt Manternach – 800 meters (1:49.16)
4. Hofacker, Woodard, Lawrence, Bartley – 400-meter relay (39.59)
5. Chris Douglas – 110 hurdles (13.93)
5. Nolan Teubel – 800 meters (1:49.54)
5. Noah Larrison – 400 hurdles (51.64)
5. Jenny Kimbro – 400 hurdles (58.41)
6. Josh Braverman – 110 hurdles (13.96)
6. Tria Simmons – 100 hurdles (13.72)
6. Antonise Christian – 100 meters (11.81)
6. Tysen VanDraska – 800 meters (1:49.58)
6. Karayme Bartley – 200 meters (20.97)
7. Christian, Buss, Carty, Weum – 400-meter relay (45.83)
7. Antonio Woodard – 100 meters (10.40)
7. Kelli DeGeorge – high jump (1.70 meters, 5-7)
7. Aubrianna Lantrip – high jump (1.70 meters, 5-7)
7. Amanda Carty – triple jump (12.13 meters, 39-9 3/4)
8. James Carter – triple jump (15.28 meters, 50-1 3/4)

NEXT ON THE BLOCK
The Hawkeyes will head to the NCAA West Regional in Sacramento, California, on May 23-25. The NCAA will announce the NCAA Regional qualifiers on Thursday, May 16 by 1 p.m. on NCAA.org.