March 29, 2014
TEMPE, Ariz. -- University of Iowa junior Gabe Hull and senior Zinnia Miller won field event titles and continued their climb up the school record book Saturday at the Arizona State Invitational.
Miller climbed to No. 3 in the UI record book and won the women's long jump with a mark of 20-1 ½ (6.13m). Hull won the men's discuss with a mark of 185-11 (56.66m), and placed second in the shot put with a personal-best mark of 60-4 (17.66m).
"Both Zinnia and Gabe had standout meets," said UI director of track and field Larry Wieczorek. "It was the first outdoor meet of the season and you could not have asked for a better day. We had some athletes miss a great opportunity, but we had others that performed at a high level."
The Hawkeye men placed second in the meet behind host Arizona State. The Sun Devils scored 190 points, while Iowa finished with 109.5. The Hawkeye women placed third with 106 points. Arizona State placed first with 186 points, and Arizona placed second with 115.
"We competed well in some events against some very strong teams," said Wieczorek, "but we also showed we have a lot of work to do."
Led by a large contingent of freshmen making the collegiate outdoor debuts, the Hawkeyes set 26 personal-records.
Freshman O'Shea Wilson scored points for Iowa in the long jump, 100- and 200-meters. He was the Hawkeyes' top finisher in the 200 meters, crossing the line in 21.38, and led Iowa with a fourth-place finish in the long jump, landing 23-7 ¼ (7.19m) on his first attempt. He placed sixth overall in the 100 meters (10.61).
Freshman Aaron Mallett turned in the ninth fastest time in school history, clocking a 54.78 in his 110-meter hurdles debut, and sophomore Dakotah Goodell improved on her personal-best and climbed to No. 4 in school history with a toss of 159-10 (48.73m) in the discus.
The Hawkeye women finished runner-up in both the 400-meter and 1,600-meter relays. Freshman Elexis Guster, freshman Alexis Hernandez, sophomore Montayla Holder, and sophomore Lake Kwaza challenged the school record with a mark of 3:36.27 in the 1,600-meter relay. That time ranks third all-time, and .34 seconds from the school record.
Holder, Guster, and Kwaza teamed with freshman Brittany Brown to place second in the 400-meter relay. Their time of 45.30 ranks seventh all-time.
"Dakotah Goodell and the women's relays really made the best of today's opportunity," said Wieczorek. "Some put together marks that position them for the NCAA first round, and that is very good. Along with Annemie Smith's record performance in Friday's hammer, we will come away from here with some highlights."
The Hawkeyes return to the track April 4-5 when they compete at the Arkansas Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark.