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(Atlantic) An Atlantic High School graduate and University of Iowa senior is gearing up for a run at a national championship.


After a record breaking high school career at Atlantic, the fiercely competitive hurdler Jordan Mullen went off to the University of Iowa where for three years he showed flashes of greatness but also had a series of injuries slow his progress.


As a senior though, Mullen’s injury problems, much like his competition, appear only in the rear view mirror. The senior has lowered his own school record three times during the 2012-13 indoor season including most recently in his sprint to the Big 10 title two weeks ago when he finished in 7.70. Now Mullen looks to close out his first fully healthy season as a first team all-American.


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Mullen says people who have doubted he would ever get to this point have increased his competitive drive. He also points to a near miss of the finals as a sophomore as something that continues to motivate him.


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While Mullen will be a serious contender, he will likely have to post career best to win a national title. He says he expects it will take a low 7.50 to win the event as University of Florida Junior Eddie Lovett just set a new SEC record with a 7.54. According to Mullen and Iowa assistant coach Joey Woody, a fast start is the biggest key in the quest for a national championship. The NCAA meet is being held Friday and Saturday in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

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