105 1st Avenue
The University of Iowa track and field team practices and competes at the Francis X. Cretzmeyer Track during the outdoor season. Located within walking distance of Carver-Hawkeye Arena and Pearl Field, the track was completed in 1986. The facility was named after the late Francis X. Cretzmeyer, who coached the men’s cross country and track teams from 1948-78 and led the Hawkeyes to five Big Ten team titles.
Resurfaced in 1993, the $2 million Olympic-sized outdoor track featured an expansive eight-lane, 400-meter Martin surface, which was considered to be one of the finest running mediums in the world. Destroyed by the flood of 2008, Cretzmeyer track was reconstructed and refinished in 2010. It features an IAAF certified, BSS 1000 track and field surface designed by Beynon Sports Surfaces. The state of the art full-pour polyurethane surface provides the resiliency and return of energy necessary for NCAA athletes to compete at the highest level.
Iowa hosted the 1987, 2000 and 2011 Big Ten Championships at Cretzmeyer. The track also hosts the annual Musco Twilight Invitational.
DIRECTIONS TO CRETZMEYER TRACK
Take Exit 242, First Avenue and turn onto First Avenue heading into Coralville. Follow First Avenue (south) through Hwy 6 intersection. The entrance to the UI Softball Complex and Cretzmeyer track will be on your left.