April 26, 2014
DES MOINES, Iowa -- The University of Iowa track and field team captured two white flags on the final day of competition at the Drake Relays on Saturday.
Gabe Hull grabbed the first flag of the day for the Hawkeyes. The junior recorded a discus toss of 197-00 (60.05m). Hull was the only competitor to record a mark above 60 meters. He is the first Hawkeye to win a Drake Relays discus title since Robert Mitchell (141-9; 43.22) in 1928.
"At Drake you always know you'll have elite competition against elite guys," said Hull. "Today's competition was fantastic... My second throw was good, but overall I could have done better."
The women's 400-meter relay team shattered a 10-year-old school record to reach the top of the podium. The team of sophomore Lake Kwaza and freshmen Elexis Guster, Alexis Hernandez, and Brittany Brown clocked a time of 44.51 beating out Ohio State (44.52) by one one-hundredth of a second. The previous school record of 44.63 was set in 1994 (Poole, Reid, Floyd, Hobbs). This is the first Drake Relays 400-meter relay title in school history for the Hawkeye women.
"My start was probably the best it has been all season," said Kwaza. "I got the hand-off first and I knew it was going to be a good race from there."
"The crowd was what really pumped me up," said Brown. "They really led me the whole way. I love the whole Drake Relays atmosphere. It's my first time being here and I really loved it."
The men's 400-meter relay team clocked a season-best time of 39.99. The team of senior Tevin-Cee Mincy, freshman O'Shea Wilson, sophomore Brendan Thompson, and junior Keith Brown finished seventh. Their time ranks eighth all-time at Iowa.
"We're taking steps in the right direction," said Mincy. "We wanted to get under 40, we've wanted to get there for awhile now, so now we need to keep making strides.
Brown (11.38) and Kwaza (12.03) finished fourth and fifth, respectively, in the women's 100 meters. Wilson finished eighth in the men's 100 meters with a time of 10.51.
The Iowa sprint medley relays each earned their way into the Iowa record book. The women's team of Brown, Kwaza, Guster, and freshman Mahnee Watts finished fourth when they crossed the line in 3:51.18, the second fastest time in school history. The men's squad of sophomore James Harrington, freshman Aaron Mallett, junior Brennan Davey, and sophomore Will Teubel clocked a 3:20.08 to finish fifth. Their time ranks eighth all-time at Iowa.
"I thought it was an outstanding weekend from start to finish, and it was punctuated by the women's 4X1," said head coach Layne Anderson. "I think we're showing that we're a well-rounded program and our outstanding young sprint core shows a lot of promise for the future."
The Hawkeyes return to action hosting the Musco Twilight on May 3.