Jan. 10, 2011
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The University of Iowa track and field team hosts the Iowa Open Saturday at the Iowa Recreation Building. Field events are scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. and running events are set to start at 12:15 p.m. Admission to the event is free. The Iowa Open features Iowa Western Community College, Central Methodist University, Truman State, Chicago State and Bradley. Live scoring will be available for the event on hawkeyesports.com.
KIDS, COME RACE HERKEY
Kids are invited to race their favorite mascot during the Iowa Open this Saturday at the UI Rec Building. Herky will be racing any children who wish to participate following the 60-meter finals. The Herky Race will begin at approximately 2:50 p.m.
ABOUT THE EVENT
Fans attending the event should enter through the South entrance of the UI Rec Building. Admission to the event is free. Fans will receive an Iowa headband at the door. Hawkeye student-athletes will be available to sign autographs for20 minutes following the Iowa Open.
TOM “THE REF” FERREE
Former Hawkeye Tom Ferree will be the honorary referee at Saturday’s Iowa Open. Ferree was a four-time letterwinner at Iowa, earning varsity letters in cross country from 1978-80 and earning a track and field letter in 1978.
AUSTIN LEADS NCAA – PICKS UP TWO FIRST PLACE FINISHES
Sophomore Justin Austin made his Hawkeye debut at the Illinois Open last weekend. The transfer student-athlete from Kentucky captured first place in the 60 meters and 200 meters. His 21.49 time on the flat-track converts into a banked-track time of 21:09, the top time among Division I athletes. The Hawkeye newcomer posted a 6.76 in the 60 meters, a mark that earns him second place on Iowa’s all-time top performers list. Austin’s performance in the 200 meters ties the eighth best time in Iowa history.
BANSE SETS NEW PERSONAL RECORD
Matt Banse, a junior from Strawberry Point, IA, set a new personal record in the weight throw at last weekend’s competition at Illinois. Banse took second in the event with a throw of 19.45 meters (63-9 3/4). The throw is among Iowa’s all-time bests, earning Banse a fifth place spot on Iowa’s all-time top performers list. Banse’s previous collegiate best was 18.78 meters, which he earned at the Iowa Invite last season.
DORIS JUMPS INTO THE RECORD BOOKS
Troy Doris recorded the nation’s third-best mark in the triple jump while making his Hawkeye debut Saturday at the Illinois Open. Doris’ first place finish (15.37m) was good enough for second place on Iowa’s all-time top performers list. The junior also placed second in the long jump competition with a leap of 7.07 meters.
Twenty Hawkeye women could potentially make their black and gold debuts Saturday, including freshmen Erin Jones and Carissa Leacock. Jones, a native of Highland Park, TX, won the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.73 at the Dec. 4 intrasquad meet. Leacock, a freshman from Port of Spain, Trinidad, captured first place in the long jump (5.53m) at the intrasquad meet.
WILLEY ON TOP
Senior Steven Willey ran a 47.72 in the 400 meters to take first place at the Illinois Open. Willey’s flat-track time converts to a banked-track time of 47.12, the top time in the country.
MULLEN HURDLES INTO TOP TEN
Sophomore Jordan Mullen captured first place with a personal-best 7.91 performance in the 60-meter hurdles at the Illinois Open. Mullen’s time ranks No. 6 nationally and No. 2 in program history.
HAWKEYE VICTORY No. 3 at ILLINOIS OPEN
The men’s track and field team earned an 83-74 victory at the Illinois Open Jan. 8. The Hawkeyes have a perfect 3-0 record in the annual meeting. Iowa took first in 10 of the 14 events it competed in and 10 of 15 overall with no one entered in the pole vault competition. The Black and Gold finished first in seven of nine events on the track and in three of six events in the field. The Hawkeyes set the bar high in the first event of the season with eight finishes ranking among Iowa’s all-time bests.
Iowa returns to competition Jan. 21-22 at the Gold Country Classic in Minneapolis, Minn.
HEAD COACH Larry Wieczorek
Larry Wieczorek is in his 24th season as head men’s cross country coach and his 15th season as head men’s track and field coach at the University of Iowa. He served as an assistant track and field coach for 12 years before taking the helm in 1997. Last season, Wieczorek guided 28 qualifiers, made up of 20 student-athletes competing in 13 individual events and two relays to the NCAA Outdoor Championships preliminary round.
HEAD COACH Layne Anderson
Layne Anderson is in his third year as head coach of the University of Iowa women’s cross country and track and field teams. He has served as the Hawkeyes’ head women’s cross country coach for the past seven seasons, and was the interim head women’s track and field coach in 2008. From 2003-07, he served as an assistant women’s track and field coach for the Hawkeyes.