Iowa's Austin makes a sweep of Big Ten track honors

BY CODY GOODWIN | MAY 15, 2013 5:00 AM

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Iowa track and field senior Justin Austin was named the Big Ten Track Athlete of the Year and Athlete of the Big Ten Championships, the conference announced Tuesday.

These honors came after Austin earned three gold medals in last weekend’s Big Ten championship meet in Columbus, Ohio.

Austin earned first place in the 100- and 200-meter dashes with times of 10.27 and 20.86 seconds. He also ran in the second leg of the 4x100 meter relay, which took first place with a time of 40.21. Austin ran the race with fellow seniors Ethan Holmes, Jordan Mullen, and Josh Larney.

This is the second time in three years that the Milwaukee native has earned both the awards; he also earned the awards in 2011. The senior is nationally ranked 16th and 13th, respectively, in the 100  and 200 meters.

Austin is also holds the school records in the 100, 200, and 400 relay. He will return to the track May 23-25 in the first round of the NCAA championships.

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