May 25, 2012
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AUSTIN, Texas — The University of Iowa track and field team competed in day two of the NCAA Midwest Regional Friday where five Hawkeyes qualified for the NCAA Championships. The NCAA Championships will take place June 6-9 in Des Moines, Iowa.
Senior Matt Banse qualified for the NCAA Championships when he recorded a personal best mark in the hammer throw. Banse’s toss of 201-11 (61.55m) ranks sixth all-time at Iowa.
Senior Troy Doris earned his ticket to the NCAA Championships in the triple jump. Doris reached a mark of 54-4 ¾ (16.58m) to finish second overall.
Ethan Holmes qualified for the championships in the 400-meter hurdles. The junior clocked a time of 51.31 in the event. Holmes also competed in the 110-meter hurdles. Holmes recorded a time of 13.84 to qualify for the quarterfinal. Senior Dan Davis also qualified for the 110-meter quarterfinal when he crossed the line in 14.08. The quarterfinal is set to begin at 7:05 p.m. Saturday.
Sophomore Ashley Liverpool advanced to the NCAA Championships in the 400 meters. Liverpool crossed the line in 53.36 to advance to Des Moines.
Senior Erik Sowinski earned his ticket to the NCAA Championships in the 800 meters. Sowinski clocked a time of 1:47.12.
“Everyone that we expected to advance did,” said director of track and field Larry Wieczorek. “Overall, this was a very good day for the Hawkeyes.”
Justin Austin finished second in his 200 meters heat, earning his way into the quarterfinals. The junior recorded a time of 20.84. The 200 meters quarterfinal is set to begin Saturday at 7:35 p.m.
Sophomore Erin Jones qualified for the 200 meters quarterfinal. Jones finished third in her heat with a time of 24.01. The 200 meters quarterfinal will begin at 7:50 p.m. Saturday.
“I thought it was a great day with five athletes qualifying for Des Moines,” said head coach Layne Anderson. “We hope to see the same kind of success tomorrow.”
The Hawkeyes will finalize competition at the NCAA Midwest Regional Saturday. Action is set to begin at 11 a.m.