Non-Rev Roundup: Women's T&F Makes History at NCAAs

By Jeremy Karll on June 11, 2018 at 2:11 pm
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Track & Field

Iowa track & field competed in Eugene, Oregon, last week at the NCAA Championships. Iowa women's track & field scored a NCAA Championships program record 19 points to place an all-time high 13th place, including second among Big Ten teams. The men tied for 31st with nine points, placing seventh in the conference.

The Hawkeyes finished high in the standings due to their stellar performances in field events.

Jahisha Thomas jumped 6.53 meters to take third in long jump, then finished sixth in triple jump at 13.39 meters. Thomas improved in both events as she took seventh in long jump and 26th in triple jump last year. She also earned first team All-American honors in both events, ending arguably the greatest Iowa women's jumping career of all-time. 

Shot put is not Laulauga Tausaga's strongest event, but it didn't matter at the NCAA Championships. Tausaga threw a personal best of 17.34 meters to take fourth place. The next day, Tausaga threw 56.07 meters in discus to also place in fourth, becoming a two-time first team All-American in the event and two-time first team All-American this year. The top-three shot put finishers were all seniors, and UCLA freshman Alyssa Wilson's throw of 17.21 meters was the only throw close to hers, while Kansas State's Shadae Lawrence is the only returning discus thrower to top Tausaga in Eugene. If everything goes right for Iowa's star sophomore thrower, she could have a few national titles when her career is over.

For second straight year, Reno Tuufuli placed fifth in discus with a throw of 57.61 meters to become a two-time first team All-American in the event. Two of the four throwers ahead of Tuufuli are juniors, but neither threw farther than 1.5 meters more than him. So heading into his senior year, he has as good of a chance as anyone to win a national title. He also finished 23rd in shot put at 17.89 meters, though it's still an improvement after not qualifying for the NCAAs last year.

On the track, Mar'yea Harris continued to be really fast. He ran a school-record time of 44.94 seconds in the 400-meter prelims to place seventh overall and qualify for the finals. In the finals, he crossed the line in 45 seconds to place fourth, becoming a first team All-American. The eight-man finals field was packed with five juniors and three sophomores, including the event's collegiate record holder, Michael Norman of USC. 

Iowa's 4x400 team comprised of Harris, Antonio Woodard, Collin Hofacker and DeJuan Frye ran the prelims in 3:04.93 seconds, the seventh fastest time. However, due to the way the heats were setup, Iowa needed to qualify on time since USC and Texas A&M took the heat's automatic qualifying spots, and Florida qualified on time -- USC, A&M and Florida ran the three fastest times in the prelims. Stanford beat Iowa by 0.11 seconds to get the final qualifying time spot. Houston and Baylor both finished over 1.5 seconds behind Iowa but qualified for the finals due to finishing first and second in their heat. Despite running a first team time, Iowa's 4x400 team settled for second team All-American honors.

Iowa's first All-American of the NCAAs was Chris Douglas in 110-meter hurdles. Douglas finished 11th with a time of 13.76 seconds, missing the final qualifying spot by 0.05 seconds.

In his final decathlon in a Hawkeye uniform, Will Dougherty took 13th with 7,467 points. His best event finish came in shot put, where he threw 14.32 meters for a second-place finish. He also placed fifth in 110-meter hurdles and sixth in 1500 meters to help him become a second team All-American.

Briana Guillory placed 10th in 400 meters to earn second team All-American honors. She ran it in 52.36 seconds, which was 0.24 seconds off the last finals spot.

Brittany Brown failed to qualify for the 200-meter finals in one of her final races as a Hawkeye. She crossed the line in 22.89 seconds for a 14th place finish. Still, she earned second team All-American honors, becoming a three-time All-American in the event.

Honorable All-American Honors

  • Harris, Woodard, Hofacker and O'Shea Wilson failed to qualify for the 4x100 finals. They placed 17th with a time of 39.63 seconds.
  • Douglas placed 18th in 400-meter hurdles at 52.16 seconds.
  • Matt Manternach placed 17th in the 800 meter semis with a time of 1:50.58.
  • Brown finished 23rd in 100 meters with a time of 11.51 seconds.

Well done to all the Hawkeye track and field athletes. 

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