March 27, 2010
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Iowa City, IA – The University of Iowa men’s track and field team competed Saturday at the Razorback Spring Invite in Fayetteville, AK. Iowa wrapped up a weekend of competition winning three events with two student-athletes earning top-ten all-time marks.
Junior Steven Willey, coming off an indoor season where he broke the school indoor 400-meter dash record, started the outdoor season off right winning the 400-meter dash with a collegiate-best 46.31. This moves Willey up to fifth all-time at Iowa in the outdoor 400 meters. Iowa finished two other athletes in the top four, with junior Chris Barton second (47.65) and sophomore Erik Sowinski fourth (47.72). In the 200-meter dash, Iowa placed five individuals in the top seven, with freshman Kevin Dibbern winning with a collegiate-best 21.33. Behind Dibbern was sophomore Patrick Richards (2nd, 21.44), junior Zeke Sayon (4th, 21.65), freshman Jordan Mullen (5th, 21.78), and senior Frank Prill (7th, 22.79). Mullen also performed well in the 110-meter hurdles, placing second at 14.27, a mark that ranks seventh all-time at Iowa. The Hawkeyes’ third event winner was senior Ray Varner in the 400-meter hurdles (52.60), with freshman Ethan Holmes (2nd, 53.83) and sophomore D’Juan Richardson (3rd, 54.27) rounding out a top-three sweep by Iowa.
“I thought we had a good weekend for both the men’s and women’s teams,” said Men’s Head Coach Larry Wieczorek. “We had a lot of athletes earn top-ten all-time performances at Stanford and Arkansas and lots of collegiate-bests, so it was a productive weekend.”
Iowa will have the option to split squads next weekend between the Auburn Classic and the Central Invitational. The Auburn Classic is a two-day meet, starting Friday, Apr. 2 in Auburn, AL. The Central Invite, hosted by Central University in Pella, IA, is a one day meet on the 2nd.