July 31, 2012




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TUESDAY, JULY 31, 2012
Your daily dose of black and gold...

Troy Doris (above) and Erik Sowinski were first team All-Americans in 2012. (Photo by Darren Miller)
 Doris and Sowinski named first team All-Americans
EDITOR'S NOTE:  Hawk Talk Daily will continue a modified publication schedule through July 31.  HTD will still arrive each morning in your e-mail inbox but with content for five of every seven days - a schedule that will be interrupted when warranted  - being drawn from the 2011-12 athletics year... a "Best of" series. 


IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Seniors Troy Doris and Erik Sowinski led a list of eight University of Iowa track and field student-athletes named USTFCCCA All-Americans following the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Championships. The announcement was made June 14 by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.


The Best of LogoSowinski and Doris were both named first team All-Americans. First team USTFCCCA All-America accolades are awarded to those who earn any portion of a team point at the national championships, or reach an eight-entrant final.


Sowinski placed second in the 800 meters with a school record time of 1:45.90 to become the first Hawkeye since Bashir Yamini (1996-99) to earn All-America honors three straight years. Doris placed fifth in the triple jump for the second straight season to earn first team honors. The Bolingbrook, Ill., native was named to the All-America first team for the fourth time in his two-year Hawkeye career (2011 indoor/outdoor, 2012 indoor/outdoor).


Junior Justin Austin, junior Matt Byers, sophomore Ashley Liverpool and senior McKenzie Melander were named second team All-Americans, an honor bestowed to any athlete who places 9-16 at the NCAA Championships.


Byers recorded a season best toss of 237-6 (72.30m) to place 10th in the javelin while Austin and Liverpool finished 13th in their respective races. Austin clocked a 20.70 in the 200 meters while Liverpool clocked a 52.81 in the 400 meters. Melander, the 2012 Big Ten 5,000 meter champion, finished 14th on the national stage with a time of 16:44.78.


Senior Matt Banse and junior Ethan Holmes were named All-America honorable mentions. Holmes earned a pair of honors following a 19th place finish in the 110-meter hurdles and an 18th place finish in the 400-meter hurdles. Banse placed 20th in the hammer with a toss of 1977-11 (60.33m).



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