Jan. 22, 2011
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Minneapolis, Minn – The University of Iowa track and field teams finished day two at the Jack Johnson Classic on the campus of the University of Minnesota.
In the field, Jeffery Herron took the title in the men’s high jump. Herron, a junior from Highland, Texas, reached 6-8 ¾ (2.05m).
Iowa’s women placed one-two in the women’s shot put. Redshirt freshman Rachael Curry threw 45-5 ¾ (13.86m) for first place and true freshman Micaela Haight took second place with a toss of 44-11 ¾ (13.71m), earning the Hawkeyes 27 points in the team race.
Sophomore Justin Austin earned a spot in the record books with his 60-meter dash performance. Austin, a Milwaukee, Wis. native, finished the race in 6.72, a new Jack Johnson Classic record. Junior All-American Patrick Richards captured the first place finish in the 400 -meter dash after setting the event record at 47.80.
“This is another positive step forward for the team and a good indication that more positive results lie ahead for those who continue to train and compete well,” head women’s coach Layne Anderson said of his team’s efforts.
Jordan Mullen set a new school record as well as a UM Fieldhouse record in the preliminary race of the 60-meter hurdles. The sophomore from Atlantic, Iowa raced to finish in 7.75 seconds, over three hundreths of a second faster than the time set in 1997 by former Iowa track star Dion Trowers.
“This was one of the best events in Iowa track and field history,” Larry Wieczorek said. “The three school record setting performances were among highlights of the weekend, but there were many great performances–just a terrific weekend all around for us.”
In the final event of the evening, the Black and Gold 1,600-meter relay teams set Jack Johnson Classic records in the men’s and women’s races. The Hawkeye women finished the race in 3:45.03 while the men crossed the finish line in 3:12.65.
The Hawkeyes are back in action next weekend competing at the UNI Open and the Razorback Invitational.