Triple jumper off to fast start with Hawkeyes

BY BEN SCHUFF | JANUARY 19, 2011 7:10 AM

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Troy Doris said he doesn’t like to “shine” or “be outstanding.” Instead, the College of DuPage transfer said he came to Iowa because it was “low-key” but “really good.”

But if the junior continues to perform like he has in his first two meets as a Hawkeye, three of those four adjectives will describe him.

And low-key isn’t one.

Look no further than horizontal jumps coach Clive Roberts’ comments for proof.

When asked what the coach’s expectations were, he instantly listed some high aspirations.

“Being a Big Ten champion — that is the first goal,” Roberts said. “Then being an All-American.”

During his time at DuPage, Doris was a two-time junior-college national champion in the triple jump.
In his first meet as a Hawkeye, the Bolingbrook, Ill., native jumped 15.37 meters for first place — also good enough to rank second among Iowa’s all-time top performers.

Last weekend at the Iowa Open, Doris even surprised head coach Larry Wieczorek by winning the 60-meter dash in 6.83 seconds.

But for other coaches, Doris’ continued success isn’t as surprising.

“It’s probably the smoothest transition that I’ve seen for someone of his caliber and what he’s done in the past,” Roberts said. “The first day he stepped on campus, he made us better.”

Doris didn’t s eventart a serious weight training program until this past summer.

His older brother, Ryan Doris, runs track at Northern Illinois and is also a body-builder. He worked with Troy to get a lifting program started.

He was also responsible for getting Troy Doris into the triple jump and teaching him technique early on in high school.

The brothers watched video of their jumps for hours, noticing any flaw in their motion immediately.
Those years ingrained some imperfections into Doris’ technique that he is working out as a Hawkeye. Before this year, he could rely on his natural ability. Now, he knows that isn’t the case.

There was a time in his career when winning was everything. Now at Iowa, he feels he needs a sense of humility and knows he might not win every time out.

But it’s not a lack of motivation.

Ryan Doris said “hard work, genetics, and a healthy obsession” will continue to lead his younger brother to great things.

“I think God had blessed him, and he works hard at it, too,” Roberts said. “That’s a lethal combination.”

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