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Former Hawkeye Sowinski sets world indoor record in 4×800

[ 0 ] February 8, 2014 |

\Former University of Iowa standout Erik Sowinski ran a 1:46.67 anchor leg on an American 4×800 relay team that set a new world indoor record of 7:13.11 at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix meet Saturday in Boston.

Sowinski, Duane Solomon, David Torrence and Richard Jones broke the old record of 7:13.94 set on the same track by a foursome that included former Northern Iowa NCAA champion Joey Woody.

Woody, an assistant at Iowa, now coaches Sowinski.

“Coach Woody had it before me,” said Sowinski, who held off a late charge by Mike Rutt on the last lap. “I knew Mike raced yesterday (1:46.71 for 800 meters at Boston University), so I had to break him in the first 400.”

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