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Iowa's Austin named B1G Track Athlete of Year
May 24, 2013 - Troy Hyde
Iowa senior track and field star Justin Austin has been turning heads in and around the Big Ten Conference for the past four years.
And Austin once again was given an award that shows that as he was named Big Ten Track Athlete of the Year and Athlete of the Big Ten Championships. It was the second time in three seasons that Austin has swept the awards, also winning both in 2011.
Austin contributed 30 points to Iowa’s team total at the 2013 Big Ten outdoor championships after winning the 100- and 200-meter titles and helping the Hawkeyes take second in the 4x100 relay.
Since the Big Ten started naming the athlete of the year in 1988, only five student-athletes have earned the honor in more than one season. And only six since 1979 have earned multiple athlete of the championship honors.
Austin holds Iowa school records in the 100, 200 and 4x100 relay and returns to the track May 23-25 at the first round of the NCAA Championships. He is seeded 16th in the 100 and ranked 13th in the 200. The Hawkeyes’ 4x100 relay team is ranked eighth nationally.
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