Hawkeyes At Missouri Relays

March 29, 2004

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THIS WEEK — The Hawkeye men’s track team will compete at the Missouri Relays Friday and Saturday in Columbia, MO. The co-ed meet will also feature high school competitors. All events will be held at Audrey J. Walton Stadium on the University of Missouri campus. Friday’s events are scheduled to start at 2 p.m., while Saturday’s events will begin at 9:30 a.m.

LAST WEEK — Iowa qualified four competitors for the 2004 NCAA Regional Championships at the Stanford Invitational. Seniors Ken Kemeny and Brad Daufeldt, junior Matt Esche and sophomore Adam Hamilton all qualified for the regional meet with their performances at Cobb Track and Angell Field. Daufeldt and Hamilton qualified in the hammer throw, with Daufeldt placing second in the “B” section with a personal-best 198-1 and Hamilton placing ninth in the top section with a toss of 195-10. Daufeldt also placed ninth in the top section of the discus (167-8), and Hamilton placed 19th in the “B” section of the shot put (47-5 3/4). Kemeny qualifed in the shot put, placing seventh in the top section with a throw of 59-11. He also placed 14th in the discus “B” section with a personal-best 155-7. Esche qualified in the 5,000 meters with a personal-best 14:15.73.

MEN’S TEAM CAPTAINS CHOSEN — The Hawkeye men’s team has chosen seniors Brad Daufeldt, Bill Neumann and Russell Peterson as tri-captains for the 2004 season. Daufeldt led the team in the discus last season and was the only Hawkeye to qualify for the NCAA midwest regional in two individual events (discus and hammer). Neumann is a two-time all-American and Big Ten Champion in the javelin. He won that event in five of six meets in 2003, and is the school record holder in the javelin. Peterson is a four-time national qualifier – qualifying three times in the 1,600-meter relay and once in the 400-meter hurdles.

HAWKEYE COACHES — Larry Wieczorek is in his eighth year as Iowa’s men’s head track coach. As a runner, Wieczorek was a six-time Big Ten champion for Iowa, winning four track and two cross country titles. He was also a four-time all-American. In 1998, Wieczorek was inducted into the National Iowa Varsity Club Hall of Fame. He is assisted by former Iowa all-American and world-class 400-meter hurdler Pat McGhee and three-time all-American and two-time Big Ten shot put champion Scott Cappos.

NEXT COMPETITION — Iowa will send competitiors to the Sea Ray Relays in Knoxville, TN, April 9-10, and the Jim Duncan Invitational in Des Moines, IA, April 10.