Austin Runs to School Record

Feb. 26, 2011

Men’s Results

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – The University of Iowa men’s track and field team completed the first day of competition at the 2011 Indoor Big Ten Championships Saturday. The 15th ranked men’s team competed in Champaign on the campus of University of Illinois.

Sophomore Justin Austin broke the school record in the 60 meter dash for the third time this season. The Milwaukee, Wis., native ran the preliminary race in 6.69, beating his previous best time of 6.71. In addition to the impressive performance in the 60 meters, Austin won the preliminary 200 meter race in 21.43 seconds. Austin earned himself a place in each of the finals in the events which will run tomorrow.

Senior Steven Willey and junior Patrick Richards also ran fast enough to earn spots in the finals of the 200 meters. Willey placed seventh with a time of 21.79 and Richards finished placed eighth, finishing in 21.89.

The Hawkeyes have three men running in the 400 meter finals tomorrow. Willey placed second in the prelims with a time of 47.81. Richards and sophomore Ethan Holmes finished fifth and eighth, respectively.

Hawkeye runners advancing to the finals in other events include Chris Barton in the 600 meters, Jordan Mullen in the 60 meter hurdles, Jeff Thode in the mile and Erik Sowinski in the 800 meter run.

In the field, junior Jeffery Herron leapt past his old career mark in the long jump pit and landed at 24-7 (7.49m). Herron’s mark earned him a third place finish in the event.

The Hawkeye men are in eighth place after the first day of competition. Action is scheduled to resume at 10 a.m. tomorrow morning.