Hawkeye Invitational Preview

Shockers Ready to Compete in Hawkeye Invitational

1/10/2019 3:00:00 PM

WICHITA, Kan. – The Wichita State track and field program opens 2019 traveling to Iowa City, Iowa, to compete in the Hawkeye Invitational on Friday and Saturday.
Teams competing include host University of Iowa, Bradley, Indian Hills, Iowa Central, Iowa State, Loyola, Northern Iowa and South Dakota. The Hawkeye Invitational begins Friday at 2 p.m., with the weight throw. High jump and shot put kick off Saturday's events at 10 a.m., followed by the running events starting at 12:15 a.m.
Live results will be streamed through Wayzata results and Athletic Live, along with a live video stream through btn2go.com ($). Results will also be posted on the team's official @GoShockersTFXC twitter account.
Iowa finished the 2018 indoor season with ten athletes accounting for 14 All-America honors, the most in the program's history. The Hawkeyes return five of those ten athletes, including Briana Guillory who finished with first team (400m) and second team (4x400m) honors. Other 2018 indoor All-American returners include, Mar'yea Harris (400m, 4x400m), Chris Douglas (60m Hurdles), Collin Hofacker (4x400m) and DeJuan Frye (4x400m).
Wichita State opened the 2018-19 season in December hosting the Shocker Multi. 29 personal records were set in the competition, including Kendra Henry winning the pentathlon with a personal best score of 3,572 points. Henry also set personal bests in the 60m hurdles (9.20), shot put (12.22m/40-1.25) and 800m (2:25.91).
Winny Koskei and Rebekah Topham have carried their 2018 cross country success onto the track. Koskei and Topham each opened their 2018-19 season with big strides at the Boston University Season Opener on Dec. 1, Koskei ran the fourth fastest 5000m (16:17.22) in Shocker history. Topham ran a 9:36.36 3000m race that currently ranks No. 4 in the nation.  
The Shockers were last in action on Dec. 7, 2018, at the Intrasquad meet, a near 35-day break. "Going into the first meet everyone is just getting back into the swing of things," said senior Kelsey Slawson. "Training over break is different than throwing in competition. I think the expectation is to go in and pick up from where we left off at intrasquad."
Nine Shockers return with a total of 11 marks that ranked in the American Athletic Conference top five during the 2018 season, including Jared Belardo (long jump/1st, triple jump/2nd), Zack Penrod (mile/2nd, 800m/5th), Nathan Wickoren (DMR/3rd), Rayvon Allen (triple jump/3rd), Hayden Bugner (pole vault/4th), Alesa Frey (pole vault/4th), Isaiah Evans (weight throw/4th), Ben Johnson (heptathlon/4th) and Kendra Henry (pentathlon/5th).
25 Shockers have at least one indoor top-10 mark, combining for a total of 40 marks. Zack Penrod and Rebekah Topham lead their teams with five top-10 marks each. Six current Shockers hold five indoor school records, including Denvoir Griffin (60m), Penrod and Connor Stine (DMR), Jared Belardo (long jump), Daysha Bullocks (4x400m) and Kelsey Slawson (shot put).
"I'm excited about going to Iowa, it's a meet that I've been wanting to go to for a couple of years. They have this fabulous track and field facility from the World Championships, they bought a World Championships track and set it up in their building that was a heck of a project. It is going to be really great to be on such a high profile track and field facility. They've got a nice program there and there will be a good field."
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