Jan. 21, 2011
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MINNEAPOLIS – The University of Iowa sprinters dominated Day 1 of the Jack Johnson Minnesota Classic Friday night at the University of Minnesota Fieldhouse. Freshman Erin Jones captured first place in the women’s 200 meters and sophomore Justin Austin led a pack of Hawkeyes with a record performance in the men’s 200 meters.
Austin ran a career-best 21.73 in the 200 meters to break the five-year old meet record and climb to No. 6 on Iowa’s all-time top performers list. Senior Steven Willey finished second with a time of 21.74 and junior Patrick Richards helped Iowa secure the top three finishes with a time of 21.83.
Jones, a freshman from Highland Village, TX, captured the women’s 200 meter title with a time of 24.72. She is undefeated in two collegiate races after winning the 60 meters at last week’s Iowa Open. Freshman Carissa Leacock made her collegiate debut with a 10th place finish in the 200 meters (26.32).
Senior Paul Chaney made his season debut in the 200 meters after redshirting the 2010 campaign. Chaney, Iowa’s 2009 Most Valuable Competitor, returned to the track with an eighth place finish (22.58). Junior Stephen Bee captured a 10th place finish in the event (22.64) to give Iowa five of the top 10 finishers.
The Hawkeyes return to competition tomorrow at Day 2 of the Jack Johnson Minnesota Class. The men’s shot put and women’s weight throw kick off the field events at 10 a.m. The men’s 60 meter prelims open the running events at 12 p.m. Austin and Jones will both put their undefeated records on the line in the men’s and women’s 60 meters. Iowa’s All-American 1,600-meter relay team will compete in the meet’s final event at 7:05 p.m.
Visit the track schedule page at hawkeyesports.com for a link to live results.