Iowa track and field concludes season

BY MATT CABEL | JUNE 10, 2013 5:00 AM

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The Iowa track and field program closed its 2013 outdoor campaign on June 8 by crowning five first-team All-Americans at the NCAA track and field meet in Eugene, Ore.

Seniors runners Justin Austin, Ethan Holmes, and Josh Larney, along with junior Tevin-Cee Mincy and freshman triple-jumper Klyvens Delaunay earned the honors for the Black and Gold. The group of competitors earned seven team points in the competition. Florida and Texas A&M finished in a tie for first.

“Now, we go out there and have fun,” Austin said in a release on June 6 after qualifying for the finals of the 200 meters. “I came here to make the finals, and now that I’ve made the finals, we’re going to have fun and see what happens. I want to start aggressive and continue to finish strong."

Having fun and finishing strong is exactly what the two-time Big Ten champion did. Austin ran the 200 meters in 20.45 seconds — slower than the 20.33 time he posted to earn the final spot of eight in the finals — but strong enough to garner sixth place.

Austin, along with relay teammates Mincy, Holmes, and Larney, earned their All-American status with sixth place in the 4x100-meter relay, finishing with a time of 39.77 seconds. The group also broke the school record they had previously set at the beginning of the outdoor season when they finished with a time of 39.31 seconds in the preliminary rounds of the meet.

Mincy had been in and out of the lineup as the relay team’s leadoff man throughout the season. Senior Jordan Mullen took over that spot during the Musco Twilight meet in April and kept it through the Big Ten meet, where the relay team took home the conference title.

But Mincy was then reinserted back into the leadoff spot and helped the team to its All-American finish this past weekend.

“Tevin’s always been in the mix, and he’s been working really well the last couple of weeks,” assistant coach Joey Woody said in a release on June 5. “He was having a good rhythm with Justin, and I decided to give him another shot. I’d say it worked out pretty well.”

Delaunay’s All-American honors came with the freshman’s personal best jump of 15.91 meters to earn him an eighth place in the triple jump.

Throwers Gabe Hull and Matt Byers earned second-team All-American honors for their 15th- and 14th-place finishes in the discus and javelin competition. Mullen earned honorable All-American status with his 19th-place finish in the 110-meter hurdles, and senior thrower Majesty Tutson became the first female thrower from Iowa to earn All-American honors since 1992 with her 22nd-place finish in the discus.

“We closed out an outstanding year, season, NCAA championships, and ultimately final day with superb performances,” Iowa track and field coach Layne Anderson said in a release. "We watched the proverbial baton being passed from our veterans — Justin, Josh, Matt, Ethan, and Jordan [Mullen] — to the future in Klyvens. We owe a lot of thanks to those seniors who completed their historic careers.”

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