Johnny Dutch to Contend with `Batman' in Kansas Relays Debut
April 14, 2011
LAWRENCE, Kan. – The world’s No. 2-ranked hurdler, Johnny Dutch, has committed to compete in the 2011 Kansas Relays, which will mark the first appearance for the former South Carolina hurdler in the track and field classic. The Invitational 400-meter hurdles will now feature the world’s No. 1 and 2-ranked hurdlers, as Dutch will go up against five-time Kansas Relays winner and the world’s top-ranked hurdler Bershawn `Batman’ Jackson.
Dutch wrapped up a stellar collegiate career with a 2010 NCAA title in 110-hurdles, before turning pro in July and forgoing his senior season. No stranger to top notch competition, Dutch earned four All-American honors in 2010 alone and eight all together in his three years as a Gamecock.
In 2010, Dutch was a Bowerman award finalist, which is given annually to the top collegiate track and field athlete. He also holds the distinction of being the only male in the country to earn All-American citations in all three hurdle events (60-, 110- and 400-meters).
Dutch finally broke through with an NCAA Championship in 2010 after finishing second to Washington State’s Jeshua Anderson twice. Dutch has stated that he enjoys his “budding rivalry” with Anderson because it pushes him competitively. The Kansas Relays will provide yet another opportunity for him to compete against the best when he goes up against Jackson.
The Clayton, N.C., native still resides in Columbia, S.C., as he continues to train with South Carolina head coach Curtis Frye.
Tickets for the 84th Kansas Relays can be purchased at Memorial Stadium or online at KUAtheltics.com. Advance orders can also be made by emailing the KU ticket office at kuticketsku.edu or by calling 800-34-HAWKS.