Iowa’s 4×400 Relays Cap Off Wieczorek Invite

Story by Ben Colin

Iowa City, Iowa – World class competitors joined collegiate teams from across the country at the Larry Wieczorek Invitational on Iowa’s state-of-the-art banked indoor track. The Hawkeye men picked up the meet win while the women finished in third behind LSU and Minnesota.

With a packed Recreation Building behind them, Iowa electrified the crowd as both the men and women ran to 4x400m relay victories. Each Hawkeye relay featured a stellar performance that notched the win.

For the women, junior Briana Guillory demolished the field with a split that was over two seconds faster than any other runner. Guillory ran third, erasing a second deficit to Minnesota and building a four second lead before handing the baton to anchor Sarah Plock. Seniors Sheridan Champe and Brittany Brown ran the first two legs.

Their final time of 3:37.37 set the a facility record and is the tenth fastest time in the national thus far. The relay won by over a second.

The men’s race was significantly more tight at the end. The top-three teams all separated by a quarter of a second, Iowa’s Mar’Yea Harris put the team on his back and locked in a win to close the meet. Harris, who finished third behind two professionals in the open 400, won on the races final curve.

Collin Hofacker, DeJuan Frye, and Bradford Garron had the Iowa relay in third behind LSU and the professional Tiger Olympians when Harris received the baton. Harris trailed former Hawkeye Erik Sowinski by just under a second.

Despite the odds being against him, Harris ran a 45.59 split to jump from third to first at the line. As with the women, Iowa’s time of 3:07.54 broke the facility record and ranks them as the fourth best school in the 4x400m relay nationally.

(Men’s 4×400 Relay final via Hawkeye Track & Field.)

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