UNI's Brandon Carnes, Iowa's Aaron Mallett break into top-4 nationally at Musco Twilight

Hawkeyes win men's and women's team titles

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IOWA CITY— As Northern Iowa’s Brandon Carnes heard “fourth-best time in the nation” announced after his blazing-fast Musco Twilight 100-meter time of 10.06 seconds Saturday, he knelt and seemed to be overcome with emotion.

It was a nice win, but more importantly for Carnes, he’s surpassed the qualifying standard for the 100 meters. Basically, he earned himself a ticket to the world team trials and eventually a chance at the national team.

The qualifying standard for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials 100 meters was 10.16. Coming into the meet, Carnes’ best time this season was 10.17.

Now, he won’t have to sweat anything.

His time is also now the fourth-best in the NCAA this season, moving him up from eighth. Carnes also was victorious in the 200 meters.

“I knew if I came out and executed, it could be good,” Carnes said. “It’s just a blessing, it just means I have to keep working hard and bring it.”

Iowa won both the men and women’s team titles, with contributions coming from a number of places. The Hawkeyes’ Aaron Mallett won his fourth consecutive title in the 110-meter hurdles at the Musco Twilight and was also part of the winning 1,600-meter relay.

He won in 13.48, a quick time that was just eight-tenths of a second off his career best. It’s also now the fourth-best mark in the nation. But don’t think for a second he’s content with that mark.

“I only really had one good workout on the highs before this meet,” Mallett said. “Some stuff was sloppy, but I really wanted to get a clean race in.”

Last week at the Mt. Sac Relays, Mallett fell down and it had to be a good feeling to have a strong competition before the Drake Relays next weekend.

Mar’yea Harris notched another win in the 400 meters, crossing the finish line in 46.33. His season-best of 45.73 ranks 10th in the nation.

“I just wanted to come out here and have fun,” Harris said. “It’s a home meet, you want to put on a show for the crowd.”

It was a strong day in the field for the Hawkeyes, as well, winning both the men’s and women’s discus and shot put competitions. Reno Tuufuli cranked a 60.71-meter throw while Laulauga Tausaga hit for 52.47, both in the discus.

Avery Meyer and Nia Britt won the men’s and women’s shot put, respectively.

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