Iowa to Host Hawkeye Invitational

Jan. 12, 2004

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THIS WEEK — The Iowa men’s and women’s track teams will host the annual Hawkeye Invitational Saturday at the Iowa Recreation Building. Competing teams include Bradley, Coe, North Central College, Truman State and Wisconsin-Whitewater. Field events are set to start at 10:30 a.m., with running events starting at noon. There is no admission charge.

Field Events
10:30 a.m. Long Jump (W/M)
11:00 Weight Throw (W/M)
11:30 Pole Vault (W/M)
Noon High Jump (M/W)
Shot Put (W/M)
Triple Jump (M/W)

Running Events
Noon 3,000 Meters (W)
12:15 60-Meter Hurdles – T (W)
12:30 60-Meter Hurdles – T (M)
12:45 60 Meters – T (M)
1:00 60 Meters – T (W)
1:15 Mile Run (W)
1:25 Mile Run (M)
1:35 60-Meter Hurdles – F (W)
1:40 60-Meter Hurdles – F (M)
1:50 400 Meters (W)
2:00 400 Meters (M)
2:10 600 Meters (W)
2:25 600 Meters (M)
2:40 60 Meters – F (W)
2:45 60 Meters – F (M)
2:50 800 Meters (W)
3:00 800 Meters (M)
3:10 200 Meters (W)
3:20 200 Meters (M)
3:30 Two Miles (M)
3:45 1,600-Meter Relay (W)
3:55 1,600-Meter Relay (M)
T-trials, F-finals, M-men’s, W-women’s

2004 MEN’S OUTLOOK — The men’s track and field team, led by Head Coach Larry Wieczorek, look to be a balanced team, with good athletes in all events. Junior Juan Coleman, a Big Ten Champion and four-time NCAA qualifier, and senior Russell Peterson, a four-time NCAA qualifer, return after redshirting in 2003. Senior and two-time all American Bill Neumann looks to defend his two-time Big Ten Championship in the javelin. Junior Ken Kemeny is a two-time NCAA qualifier in the shot put and returns after a redshirt season in 2003. Juniors Matt Esche, Ben Lloyd, Tony Rakaric, Dan Trainor, and redshirt freshman Micah VanDenend could potentially rewrite school distance records this year.

2004 WOMEN’S OUTLOOK — After a successful 2003 campaign, Iowa women’s Head Coach James Grant returns five of Iowa’s seven NCAA qualifiers. The record breaking 1,600 meter relay team returns seniors Aisha Hume and Shellene Williams. Williams had a breakout year in 2003, winning Big Ten titles in the 400 meters and as part of the 1,600 meter relay. She placed fifth in the 400 meters at the NCAA regional and advanced to the semifinals in that event at the NCAA Championships. Freshman Peaches Roach, the 2003 Jamaican national high jump champion, will make an immediate impact in that event. Her best leap of 6-0 1/2 would be a new school record for the Hawkeyes. Junior Alana Redfern qualified for the NCAA Regional in the javelin with a personal-best and school record at the 2003 Iowa Musco Twilight V.