Jan. 12, 2013
IOWA CITY, Iowa - The University of Iowa track and field team tallied 13 first place finishes at the Iowa Open on Saturday at the UI Recreation Building. No team scores were kept at the event.
Junior Ashlyn Gulvas started off the 2013 season on a high note. Gulvas recorded a school record setting mark of 60-7 ¾ (18.48m) to take the women's weight throw title. Sophomore Annemie Smith also recorded a personal best mark in the event. Smith's toss of 60-0 ¼ (18.36m) earned her a third place finish. That mark ranks second all-time at Iowa.
Senior Josh Larney took the title in the men's 60 meters when he crossed the line in a collegiate best time of 6.78. That time ties for fourth all-time at Iowa. Sophomore Torrey Campbell followed close behind, finishing third with a time of 6.94. Freshman Lake Kwaza (7.58) and junior Raven Moore (7.59) finished first and second, respectively, in the women's 60 meters. Kwaza's time ranks eighth all-time at Iowa, while Moore's time ranks ninth.
The Hawkeye men finished first through third in the men's 60-meter hurdles. Seniors Jordan Mullen (7.86) and Ethan Holmes (8.00) finished first and second, respectively, while freshman Mitch Wolff finished third with a time of 8.29. Khanishah Williams earned a first place finish in the women's 60-meter hurdles. The sophomore crossed the line in 9.01. Freshman Kassidy Ellis followed close behind, finishing second with a time of 9.17.
Freshman Sam Fourman ran to a first place finish in the men's mile. Fourman crossed the line in 4:18.31. Junior Megan Ranegar ran to a second place finish in the women's mile. Ranegar recorded a personal best time of 4:56.56.
Kaleb VanCleave took the title in the men's 400 meters. The sophomore crossed the line in 49.28.
Sophomore Kevin Lewis and junior Jon Michael Brandt recorded personal best times in the men's 3,000 meters. Lewis earned a first place finish with a time of 8:20.92, while Brandt clocked a time of 8:30.74.
Freshman Montayla Holder ran to a second place finish in the women's 600 meters. Holder crossed the line in 1:32.33. That time ranks seventh all-time at Iowa. Senior Keaton Rickels (1:20.28) and junior Kyle Slaymaker (1:21.26) finished second and third, respectively, in the men's 600 meters.
"I thought that there were certainly some highlights to be excited about," head track and field coach Layne Anderson said. "We have the potential to be a vastly improved team. I think our team and our successes will really take shape when we get more fit and get people in their primary events. We still have some people standing on the sidelines, and when we get them into competition it obviously makes us a much better team. We will continue to work, continue to get healthy, and continue to get everybody in better shape."
The Hawkeye women swept the field in the pole vault. Sophomore Brittany Holst (10-11 ¾; 3.35m) and senior Kirsten Weismantle (10-11 ¾; 3.35m) finished first and second, respectively, while junior Katie Truedson (10-6; 3.20m) finished third.
Freshman Klyvens Delaunay took the men's long jump title with a leap of 22-8 ½ (6.92m), while freshman David Nsabau's jump of 22-2 ¼ (6.76m) earned him a third place finish. Freshman Rachel Ballard earned a first place finish in the women's long jump when she recorded a leap of 17-1 ¼ (5.21m).
Freshman Tayo Oladele-Ajose cleared the 5-7 (1.70m) mark to record a first place finish in the women's high jump. Sophomore Sarah Ryan also competed in the event. Ryan finished third with a leap of 5-1 (1.55m).
Sophomores Gabe Hull and Andrew Carman finished first and second, respectively, in the men's shot put. Hull recorded a toss of 55-3 ½ (16.85m), while Carman recorded a personal best throw of 54-9 ¼ (16.69m).
"Overall, I think we had some very good performances and some pleasant surprises," director of track and field Larry Wieczorek said. "I'm really pleased starting off this way. I think this was a really good performance for us. We will examine the results, but I think this is good preparation before heading to Nebraska."
Iowa will travel to Lincoln, Neb., to compete in the Adidas Classic on Jan. 19.