June 17, 2014
BY THE NUMBERS
The University of Iowa Track and Field set five school records and crowned 11 All-Americans during the 2014 outdoor season. A look at the numbers includes:
28 NCAA Regional Qualifiers
10 Big Ten Champions (two individual, two relays)
14 All-Big Ten honorees
2 Drake Relays Champions
46 Top 10 All-Time marks
5 School Records
FIRST TEAM ALL-AMERICANS
Senior Zinnia Miller and the men's 400-meter relay earned first team All-America honors in 2014. First team USTFCCCA All-America accolades are awarded to those who earn any portion of a team point at the national championships.
The relay team of senior Tevin-Cee Mincy, freshman O'Shea Wilson, sophomore James Harrington and junior Keith Brown earned a sixth-place finish in 39.55. Miller earned first team honors with an eighth-place finish in the long jump (20-6 ¼; 6.25m).
SECOND TEAM ALL-AMERICANS
Junior Babatunde Amosu, junior Gabe Hull, Miller, and the women's 400-meter relay team were named second team All-Americans, an honor bestowed to any athlete who places 9-16 at the NCAA Championships.
Amosu finished 13th in the men's triple jump with a leap of 51-11 ¾ (15.84m), while Miller finished 15th in the women's triple jump (419 ¾; 12.74m). Hull recorded a discus toss of 190-3 (57.99m) to finish 11th. The women's 400-meter relay team of sophomore Lake Kwaza, freshman Elexis Guster, sophomore MonTayla Holder and freshman Brittany Brown finished 16th overall in 45.02. Brown also earned second team honors for her 11th-place finish (23.35) in the 200 meters.
HONORABLE MENTION ALL-AMERICAN
MonTayla Holder was named an All-America honorable mention following her 23rd-place finish in the 400-meter hurdles (1:01.70).
FIRST TEAM ALL-BIG TEN
First team honors were awarded to high jump champion Khanishah Williams, 400 meteres champion Elexis Guster, and the eight members of the men's and women's 400-meter championship relays. They include Keith Brown, Tevin-Cee Mincy, James Harrington, and O'Shea Wilson on the men's side, and Brittany Brown, Guster, Lake Kwaza, and MonTayla Holder on the women's team.
SECOND TEAM ALL-BIG TEN
Five Hawkeyes were named to the All-Big Ten second team following runner-up finishes. They include Zinnia Miller (long jump), Klyvens Daluanay (triple jump), Gabe Hull (discus), Sam Joens (javelin), and Kevin Spejcher (high jump).
WOMEN MAKE HISTORY
The Iowa women recorded their highest Big Ten Outdoor Championships team finish in 20 years on May 16-18. The Hawkeyes tallied a school-record 86 points to tie for fourth place, marking their highest finish in a Big Ten outdoor meet since 1994.
B1G FIELD ATHLETE OF THE WEEK -- APRIL 23
Junior Babatunde Amosu was named the Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week following his performance at the Mt. SAC Relays on April 19. The London, England native, grabbed a first-place finish in the men's triple jump when he posted a personal-best leap of 52-4 3/4 (15.97m). The Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week award was the first of Amosu's career.
DRAKE RELAYS CHAMPIONS
The women's 400-meter relay team shattered a 10-year-old school record to reach the top of the podium at the Drake Relays on April 26. 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 victory marked the first women's 400-meter relay title in school history. Gabe Hull recorded a discus toss of 197-00 (60.05m) to capture the Drake Relays flag. Hull was the only competitor to record a mark above 60 meters, and he was the first Hawkeye to win a Drake Relays discus title since Robert Mitchell (141-9; 43.22m) in 1928.
MEET THE RECORD HOLDERS
Nine Hawkeyes on the 2014 roster share five school records. They include:
Brittany Brown -- 200 meters (22.95)
Annemie Smith -- hammer throw (198-1; 60.38m)
Kwaza, Guster, Hernandez, Brown -- 400-meter relay (44.51)
Guster, Hernandez, Holder, Kwaza -- 1,600-meter relay (3:34.83)
Mincy, Wilson, Harrington, Brown -- 400-meter relay (39.19)