Rolling Sets Decathlon School Record

April 22, 2010

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Iowa City, IA – With day two of the 101st annual Drake Relays in the books, senior Dan Rolling wrapped up the decathlon, placing eighth with 6,957 points and setting a new school record. Led by a strong first day effort and some day two collegiate bests, Rolling now holds the school record for the outdoor decathlon and the indoor heptathlon, which he also set earlier in the 2010 indoor season. Iowa’s previous decathlon record was held by Scott Faber and was set during the 2000 season. In individual events, Rolling earned new collegiate bests in the 1,500 meters (5th, 4:31.29), javelin (13th, 152-6, 46.49m) and the discus (20th, 95-5, 29.08m).

Junior Mark Battista and freshman Nick Holmes also competed Thursday, both earning collegiate bests. Battista placed seventh in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at 9:04.60, which moves him up to ninth all-time at Iowa. Holmes placed seventh in the 5,000 meter run at 14:33.73.

“Obviously, the highlight of the day was Rolling’s school record,” said Men’s Head Coach Larry Wieczorek. “Having Battista and Holmes finish in the top eight in their events was a good benchmark, because that’s the cutoff for scoring points at most major meets. We’re hopeful that this will push Battista to the first round of the NCAA tournament, and we hope that three collegiate bests will be a great start to a great weekend.”

Iowa will compete Friday in the third day of events at the Drake Relays in Des Moines, IA. Friday events include the numerous field events as well as the preliminary races for the sprints and relays.