Aug. 13, 2009
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IOWA CITY, IA — The University of Iowa men’s track and field team has signed five student-athletes to national letters of intent for the 2010 season. Head Coach Larry Wieczorek is excited about the immediate impact that sprinter Kevin Dibbern (Iowa City, IA), hurdler Jordan Mullen (Atlantic, IA), pole vaulter Kyle Reid (Conant, IL) and high jumpers Matt Newman (Buffalo Grove, IL) and Jeff Herron (University of Texas-San Antonio) will have on the Hawkeyes next season.
“We are really excited about the upcoming track and cross country seasons,” said Wieczorek. “We have a very talented group returning to complement this outstanding recruiting class. This particular class covers a wide variety of events. We’re excited about adding some very talented athletes from the state of Iowa and across the country.”
Dibbern is the two-time defending Iowa Class 4A state champion in the 400-meter sprint. The Iowa City native ran a personal best (47.77) at the state meet.
Mullun is the defending Iowa Class 3A state champion in the 400-meter hurdles and a three-time state champion in the 110-meter hurdles. Mullen holds both the state record (14.09) and Drake Relays record (14.04) in the 110-meter hurdles.
Reid, a multi-event athlete, will compete in the decathlon and heptathlon for the Hawkeyes. During his career at Conant High School, Reid reached the Illinois state finals in both the 300-meter hurdles and pole vault.
Newman finished as the runner-up at the Illinois state meet in the high jump competition and owns a career personal-best jump of 6’10”.
Herron transfers from UTSA with a high jump personal-best of 6’10.75″. Herron competed at the Texas Class 5A level as a prep athlete.
Iowa has received commitments from nine recruits for the 2010 season. Hurdler Ethan Holmes (Clinton, IA), distance runner Jeff Thode (Hoffman Estates, IL) and throwers Ben Stancombe (Bloomington, IN) and Matt Byers (Wichita, KS) committed to the Hawkeyes in February.