Men’s track and field roll at Iowa Open

BY BEN SCHUFF | JANUARY 17, 2011 7:10 AM

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The Iowa Open was a meet the Hawkeye men’s track and field team should have ran away with.

With Bradley University as the only other Division-I team participating, head coach Larry Wieczorek said he viewed the Jan. 15 competition as an opportunity to dominate.

And run away with it they did.

“We talked about sometimes you go up against Big Ten teams, and it may be a little tougher challenge, but sometimes it’s not quite that level of competition,” Wieczorek said. “When you have those opportunities, yeah, let’s go out and dominate. A strong performance like this is good for you when you should do that.”

Out of the 10 events in which Iowa entered an athlete, the Hawkeyes finished with nine first places.
The 60 meters, which Wieczorek deemed “sensational,” was one of many highlights for the Hawkeyes. Four of the top five finishers were Hawkeyes, including first-place runner Troy Doris.

“We knew Troy Doris was a good athlete, but he surprised us a little bit how good he was in that 60-meter dash,” Wieczorek said.

In only his second meet as a Hawkeye, the junior transfer from the College of DuPage stepped up in the absence of top sprinter Justin Austin.

Doris, who is officially listed as a jumper, crossed the finish line in 6.83 seconds, 0.7 better than his previous personal best.

“It was a big thing Coach Wiz talked about in the meeting [Jan. 14] was just because everybody is not competing doesn’t mean you have to slack,” Doris said. “If someone is not competing, you have to step up and take that spot for the person that is not there.”

The 60-meter hurdles was another solid event for Iowa. Jordan Mullen set a personal best with a time of 7.88 seconds while winning the event for the Hawkeyes.

The sophomore hurdler was only 0.01 second off the school’s record time of 7.87 seconds.

While remaining optimistic about it being early in the season, Mullen was a bit frustrated by his time.

His goal entering the home meet was to break the record in front of the Hawkeye faithful.

“I kept hitting [a competitor’s] lead-leg shoe,” Mullen said, noting he felt it may have taken 0.01 second off his time. “It happens in a close race when you get opposite lead legs going together.”

The next meet for the Iowa men will be next weekend at the Golden Country Classic at Minnesota.

The competition will be much tougher in Minneapolis. The Golden Gophers have won both the indoor and outdoor Big Ten championships each of the last two years.

“I’m really looking forward to going into Minnesota next weekend, because it’s going to be a higher level of competition,” said junior thrower Matt Banse, who finished first in both the weight throw and shot put in the Iowa Open. “We get to see another Big Ten team, so it’s going to be something that tells us where we are at as a team.”

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