Two Hawkeye track athletes seized the day at the West Regional on Friday, qualifying for a chance to compete at the NCAA semifinals in Eugene, Oregon June 10-13.
Sophomore Elexis Guster finished eighth in the 400 meters with a time of 52.30. And junior Mitch Wolff earned the 12th and final spot in the 400-meter hurdles, posting a personal best 51.10 in Austin, Texas.
Several other Hawks — Lake Kwaza, Brittany Brown, and Aaron Mallet also capitalized on Friday’s action to advance to NCAA quarterfinals on Saturday.
But the performances of Guster and Wolff ensure that Iowa will be represented in Eugene, something that strikes pride in program director Joey Woody.
“I’m extremely proud of Elexis and Mitch for advancing to the NCAA Finals,” Woody said in a release. “This is their first time qualifying as individuals, which means they are among the top-24 in the country and one step closer to becoming All-Americans.”
The West Regional wraps up Saturday night, with the final event (men’s 1,600-meter relay) slated for 9:45 p.m.