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Iowa Mens Track Team Loaded with Talent

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    April 24, 2014 | 11:14 am
    COLLEGE STATION, Texas - The University of Iowa men's track team had a strong showing at the 2011 Indoor NCAA Championships in College Station, Texas. The men's team claimed a top 10 finish in the team race, scoring 20 points and claiming stake in a two-way tie with Stanford for eighth place. The top 10 finish marks the highest finish in program history for the men's indoor team.


    "We are pretty excited," said head coach Larry Wieczorek. "We had a tremendous team effort over the last two days. Our worst finish was ninth when Jordan [Mullen] missed qualifying for the finals by one-one hundredth of a second, that's pretty good. To be in the top ten in the country is just great. We're so excited right now. We have a great group of guys that just fought really hard."


    Hawkeye junior, Erik Sowinski, raced to an impressive fourth place finish in the men's 800 meter run. Sowinski, a Waukesha, Wis., native, ran the event in 1:49.47 to earn the top-five finish and five points for Iowa in the team race.

    Sowinski was also a member of the Iowa men's 1,600-meter relay team that placed fourth. The men in Black and Gold looked to junior Patrick Richards to start the race with the first quarter mile. Richards handed off to sophomore Ethan Holmes for the second leg, and Sowinski took the baton for the third leg. Senior Steven Willey anchored the race, running the fastest split of the group (46.01), and crossing the finish line in 3:07.16.

    Sophomore Jeff Thode placed sixth in the men's mile run. Thode, who earlier this month became the first Iowa student-athlete to ever run a sub-four-minute mile, ran 4:01.73 Saturday evening at Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium. The Schaumburg, Ill., native, ran the mile in 3:58.72 to qualify for the national competition.

    Rounding out the Hawkeye competitors was junior Troy Doris. The Bollingbrook, Ill., native and school record holder in the triple jump (54'), leapt to a sixth place finish in the triple jump competition Saturday. Doris notched a jump of 53-5 (16.29m).

    In addition to working towards a top-ten finish in the national competition, the eight Hawkeyes that competed in the finals earned first team all-America honors. Competitors must finish in the top-eight in the nationa to earn the illustrious honor.

    Hawkeye First Team All-Americans
    200m Dash Justin Austin
    Triple Jump Troy Doris
    4x400m Relay Ethan Holmes
    800m Run Bethany Praska
    4x400m Relay Patrick Richards
    800m Run Erik Sowinski
    4x400m Relay Erik Sowinski
    Mile Run Jeff Thode


    Hawkeye Second Team All-Americans
    60m Hurdles Jordan Mullen
    Mile Run McKenzie Melander