Jan. 15, 2014
The University of Iowa track and field team opens the indoor season hosting the Big 4 Duals on Saturday. The event will be held at the UI Recreation Building with field events beginning at 12 p.m. (CT) and running events following at 2:30 p.m. (CT). Admission is free.
FOLLOW THE HAWKEYES
Follow @IowaXC_TF on twitter for live updates throughout the meet. Live results are also available on the track and field schedule page at hawkeyesports.com.
Big 4 Duals T-Shirts will be given to the first 200 fans, and athletes will sign autographs during the meet. Kids are encouraged to compete in Herky's Kids Race. The race is set to begin at 4:25 p.m. (CT).
INDOOR SCHEDULE AT A GLANCE
The Hawkeyes compete in seven regular season events prior to heading into the championship portion of their schedule. The 2014 Big Ten Indoor Championships will be held in Geneva, Ohio on Feb. 28-March 1. The Hawkeyes compete throughout the season to qualify for the NCAA Indoor Championships, scheduled for March 14-15 in Albuquerque, N.M.
HAWKEYES AT HOME
Iowa hosts two home meets at the University of Iowa Recreation Building. The Big 4 Duals is set for this Saturday, and the Iowa Invitational will take place on Feb. 21st.
HOLMES RETURNS FOR FINAL LAP
Ethan Holmes returns to the track for his final season of indoor eligibility. Holmes is a four-time All-American and his name is scattered throughout the record book. He holds the second-fastest 60-meter hurdles time (7.82), the fourth-fastest indoor 200-meter time (21.23), and the ninth-fastest 400-meter time (47.63) in school history. He is also part of the school-record 1,600-meter relay team (3:06.66).
SCHOOL RECORD HOLDER
Ashlyn Gulvas returns for her senior season. Gulvas set the indoor weight throw school record (63-6; 19.35m) at the 2013 Iowa Invitational. The Hawkeyes graduated two other school record holders. Justin Austin held the 60 and 200 meter records, while Jordan Mullen held the 60-meter hurdles record.
TRIPLE JUMP DEPTH
Sophomore Klyvens Delaunay (51-3 1/2; 15.63m) and junior Babatunde Amosu (50-10 3/4; 15.51m) rank third and fourth, respectively, on Iowa's all-time triple jump list. Delaunay earned first team All-America honors when he placed eighth in the triple jump (52-2 1/2; 15.91m) at the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Championships. Amosu was the 2013 indoor Big Ten runner-up. O'Shea Wilson looks to make an immediate impact in the event. The freshman holds a personal-best triple jump mark of 47-1 (14.35m).
MEET THE CAPTAINS
MonTayla Holder, Ethan Holmes, Shannon Maser, Tevin-Cee Mincy, Kyle Reid, and Jasmine Simpson have been elected 2014 team captains by their coaches and peers.
Thirty-eight true freshmen could make their Hawkeye debut at the Big 4 Duals. The men's roster features 19 true freshmen, including Aaron Mallett and O'Shea Wilson. Mallett, a St. Louis, Mo., native, earned a second-place finish in the 60-meter hurdles (8.00) at the Intrasquad on Dec. 7. Wilson, a Houston, Texas, native, took the men's long jump title (23-0 1/2; 7.02m) at the Intrasquad.
The women's roster also features 19 true freshmen, including Katharina Trost. Trost ran to a first-place finish in the mile at the 2013 Intrasquad (4:59.23). The Piding, Germany native was also the 2012 German Junior Champion in the 800 meters.
ASSISTANT COACH Molly Jones
Molly Jones is in her first season as assistant coach for the University of Iowa track and field team. She coaches pole vault, high jump, and multi-events, including the heptathlon and decathlon. Prior to joining the Hawkeyes, Jones spent two seasons as a volunteer coach at Florida State. From 2011-13, she assisted with short sprints, jumps, multi-events and javelin. She worked with six NCAA All-Americans, and helped guide the Seminoles to ACC championships in 2012 and 2013.
NEXT ON THE BLOCK
The Hawkeyes travel to Minneapolis, Minn., for the Gold Country Classic on Jan. 24-25.