Jan. 28, 2011
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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The University of Iowa track and field teams competed Friday in the first day of the Razorback Invitational. The men’s team rallied behind sophomore Justin Austin’s two school record setting performances to compete among national collegiate track and field’s elite.
Junior Matt Banse through the shot put a collegiate best distance of 55-9 ¼ (17.00m). Jeffery Herron competed well during the first day in Arkansas, recording a jump of 24-3 (7.39m) in the long jump event.
Justin Austin wasn’t content with setting a school record, two conference records and two event records last weekend. The sophomore from Milwaukee, Wisconsin rebroke his own school record in the 60-meters when he crossed the finish line in 6.71 during the preliminary race and set a new school record in the 200-meter run with his final time of 20.83. Austin just missed first place in each of the races, but earns first place on Iowa’s all-time top performers list, beating out himself in the 60-meters (6.72) set last weekend and Anthuan Maybank in the 200-meters (21.11), set in 1993.
In the women’s competition, the distance medley team took second with their time of 11:24.47. The efforts of McKenzie Melander, Tiffany Hendricks, Bethany Praska and Betsy Flood earned them a third place spot on Iowa’s all-time top performers list.
The Hawkeyes will be back in action tomorrow morning starting at 11 a.m. in Fayetteville.