Track Hawks show up big at home meet

The Iowa track and field team hosted the 16th annual Musco Twilight at the Cretzmeyer Track Saturday. The team wanted to make sure it protected its home track, and did exactly that.

Six Hawkeyes captured individual titles and two relays took first at the 16th annual Musco Twilight meet at Cretzmeyer Track.

Jahisha Thomas, Aaron Mallett, Brittany Brown, Katharina Trost, Klyvens Delaunay, and Lake Kwaza all nabbed a gold in their individual events. Three of the six also set new personal records – Thomas jumped 6.15 meters in the long jump, Brown ran a 11.47 100-meter dash, and Trost won the 800-meter in 2:07.09. Although it wasn’t his best of the season, Mallett broke the meet record in the 110-meter hurdle with a time of 13.69.

The Iowa men swept the relays, winning both the 4×100-meter and the 4×400-meter relays. The team of Vinnie Saucer, Jr., Mallett, James Harrington, and Keith Brown moved up in Big Ten rankings to second with a time of 39.66 in the 400-meter relay.

“I thought this was one of the best Musco meets that I’ve been to since I’ve been coaching,” Director of Track and Field Joey Woody said. “The athletes just came out, ready to compete at a high level. They knew what my expectations were when we’re at home, and it’s to put up the best efforts, and they did a great job.”

Three Hawkeyes finished in the top-ten in the men’s 1500. Ben Witt (2/3:49.45), Michael Hart (4/3:53.29), and Daniel Gardarsson (5/3:54.06)

Sophomore O’Shea Wilson competed unattached in the men’s 200-meter dash for the first time since his injury. Woody wanted to feel him out to check on his progress.

“O’Shea is one of the best competitors we have on the team,” Woody said. “It was good to see him out here. It was exciting to see him compete again.”

Mitch Wolff competed alongside teammate Mallett in the men’s 400-meter hurdles. Wolff took second with a time of 51.26.

“To run as well as I did today and still PR it just shows really good stuff for Big Tens,” Wolff said. “It’s one thing to do well somewhere else in the country, but to be here on our home track in front of our friends and family it just means the world.”

The Track Hawks have two weeks until the Big Ten Championships in East Lansing, Michigan. With their efforts today, their coaches are looking forward to see what’s next to come.

“I thought they definitely came out and performed very well,” associate head coach Clive Roberts said. “We’ll get back on the grind starting on Monday in order to get them ready for the Big Ten Championships.”

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