Lake Kwaza might have taken the same approach to the 100-meter dash, but the history behind her latest performance was anything but ordinary.
Iowa’s junior sprinter blazed her way to school record in the 100-meter dash, winning the Mt. Sac Relays event in 11.40. Her mark bested Vivien McKenzie’s 30-year-old record of 11.45 set in 1985.
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“She’s been looking really good all year, it’s just a matter of everything coming together for her and I’m really excited for her and where she’s at right now,” Iowa Director of Track and Field Joey Woody said of Kwaza. “She’s brewing with confidence and I think she feels like she can beat anybody right now.”
Kwaza is carrying that performance into the Drake Relays this weekend, where success was apparent a year ago. Last year’s 4×100-meter relay team of Kwaza, Elexis Guster, Alexis Hernandez and Brittany Brown notched a first-place finish of 44.51.
MonTayla Holder, Guster, Kwaza and Brown ran the sixth-fastest time in school history on April 18 and will try to defend that title this weekend at Drake Stadium. Kwaza and Brown also own two of the top five fastest times for the 100 and 200 meters in the Big Ten.
Iowa senior thrower Gabe Hull will also try to defend a Drake Relays title after winning in discus last season with a toss of 60.05 meters. His personal best this year is 57.51 meters, which he recorded on April 17 at the Mt. Sac Relays.
“Mt. Sac meet was probably the best representation of both of our teams all year,” Woody said. “It was one of the best meets that I’ve been a part of since I’ve been here at Iowa. I’m really excited about where we’re at and I think we’re going to have a good representation of our team this weekend.”
Iowa State will feature of field-event entrants at the blue oval. Senior thrower Christina Hillman will compete in shot put and discus, ranking 19th and 57th in the nation, respectively.
All-American ISU high jumper Cameron Ostrowski will compete against seven of the top-20 high jumpers in the country, including three of the top five. Hammer throwers Anna Holtermann and Kayla Sanborn will both be trying to improve their positions amongst the top-10 all-time performers in ISU history.
UNI sprinter Brandon Carnes will start things for the Panthers in the 100-meter dash, hoping to build on his season-best time of 10.46 from Mt. Sac Relays.
Hurdler Sebastian Barth, who was named Missouri Valley Conference Male Track Athlete of the Week on Wednesday, will compete in the 110-meter high hurdles. He is coming off a season-best performance of 13.92, which he ran at Mt. Sac Relays.
Des Moines native and Olympic hurdler Lolo Jones withdrew from the Drake Relays on Wednesday due to a minor injury suffered in workouts leading up to the event. She was scheduled to compete in the 100-meter hurdles and shuttle hurdle relay.
“It’s frustrating because returning and running in front of a home crowd is a very unique honor for a track athlete,” Jones said in a video posted to her Facebook page on Wednesday. “To be able to compete at such a high venue, there’s no other feeling like it in the world.”