sports   |   track & field

IU track and field excels at three different meets



sphoosierhills2-020819

Redshirt freshman Rikkoi Brathwaite starts from the blocks in the 60-meter dash Feb. 8 at the Hoosier Hills Invitational at Gladstein Fieldhouse. Brathwaite won the event with a time of 6.78 seconds. Colin Kulpa Buy Photos

The Hoosiers competed in three separate meets around the country this weekend, taking home first place finishes as well as their second school record of the season. 

At the Hoosier Hills, the school record was set by redshirt sophomore Princess Brinkley, who continued her successful season in weight throw. Her distance of 21.53 meters, however, was only good enough for second place at the event. 

Fellow teammates senior Nycia Ford and freshman Alexis Hill finished just behind Brinkley in the event. Ford came in third place with a distance of 20.55 meters with Hill one spot behind her at a distance of 20.29 meters. 

Besides the school record, the sprints were the most dominant events for the Hoosiers at home. They took home top honors in three separate races. 

Junior William Session got things started in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.05 seconds. Redshirt freshman Rikkoi Brathwaite and junior Megan Grabowski followed his lead in the 60-meter races. Brathwaite ran a time of 6.78 seconds and Grabowski recorded a time of 7.62 seconds. 

The Hoosiers also saw an array of success in the women’s 600-meter, grabbing the top three spots. Junior Mallory Mulzer took home first, followed by junior Joely Pinkston and sophomore Kelly Mindak. They ran times of 1:31.64, 1:33.29 and 1:34.61, respectively.

The women also took first and second place in the 800-meter fast section. In her first ever collegiate 800-meter, freshman Claire Hamilton took top honors, followed by redshirt sophomore Hannah Stoffel, who grabbed second.

In the distance events the Hoosiers saw success from multiple runners who ran unattached in the events. 

In the mile, freshman Dustin Horter took the top spot for the men with a time of 4:08.07. On the women’s side, freshman Abi Little set a new personal record with her time of 4:54.55. 

Unattached freshmen runners for IU, Sarah Schmitt and Arjun Jha, also took first place in the 3,000-meter.

To close out the Hoosier Hills, the team saw a variety of success in the field events.  

IU swept the two shot put events with junior Khayla Dawson claiming first for the women, and redshirt junior Willie Morrison for the men. They threw distances of 17.18 meters and 18.88 meters. 

In the pole vault, junior Adam Coulon and sophomore Brock Mammoser took home second and third place. For the women, sophomore Anna Watson set a new personal record with her height of 4.21 meters. That height also gave her third place. 

At the Iowa State Classic the Hoosiers saw plenty of success in the distance races. 

To start things off, senior Haley Harris ran her best with a time of 4:41.50. On the men’s side, junior Kyle Mau’s career best time of 3:57.61 was good enough for an NCAA-leading time this season. Mau took first in the event while Harris took home third. 

The team also saw success in the women’s invitational 5,000-meter. Senior Maggie Allen took home second place and a personal record with a time of 15:49.72. Redshirt sophomore Ben Veatch set a personal record on the men’s side of the event as well. His time of 13:40.58 snagged him seventh place.

The team closed out the invitational with a top finish in the women’s 800 meter. Junior Kelsey Harris placed second with a time of 2:05.46. The time was also a personal record. 

At the Tyson Invite sophomore Jyles Etienne topped the podium in the men’s high jump with a height of 2.15 meters.  

The team also saw middle-of-the-pack finishes in the women’s long jump from juniors Leah Moran and Jenna Jungels.

IU's next meet is Feb. 16, when it travels to the University of Notre Dame to compete in the Alex Wilson Invitational. 

Like what you're reading? Support independent, award-winning college journalism on this site. Donate here.

More in Sports



Comments powered by Disqus