June 25, 2004
IOWA CITY, IA – The University of Iowa men’s track and field team said farewell to six seniors who left their imprint on the Hawkeye program. Seniors Robby Beyer, Brad Daufeldt, Warren Holloway, Tony Leick, Russell Peterson and Eric Rothwell combined for five NCAA appearances, three NCAA regional appearances and 21 team-leading performances.
Beyer, a native of Monroe, IA, joined the Iowa squad in 2004. He competed in the shot put during the indoor and outdoor seasons, and the discus outdoors. Beyer graduated from Buena Vista University in 2003, where he competed in football and track. He is currently in graduate school at Iowa. His best marks were 54-8 in the shot put and 168-0 in the discus.
Daufeldt, from West Liberty, IA, was a two-time team captain, three-time NCAA regional qualifier and an NCAA qualifier in 2004 in the throws. He was runner-up in the discus at the 2002 Big Ten Championships and led the team in the discus two seasons and the weight throw once. He is best marks in the discus (185-0), hammer throw (207-10) and weight throw (60-4 1/2) rank third, fourth and fourth, respectively, on Iowa’s all-time best performers list.
Holloway, from Homewood, IL, was one of two seniors to compete in both football and track. The sprinter is listed at first team wide receiver for the 2004 football season. His best times were 7.02 in the 60 meters, 10.89 in the 100 meters and 22.89 in the 200 meters.
Leick, from Council Bluffs, IA, was a two-time NCAA regional qualifier and led the team in six events during his Hawkeye career. He is ranked ninth in the 60-meter hurdles (8.51) and 600 yards (1:12.17) on Iowa’s all-time best performers list. His other best times were 14.85 in the 110-meter hurdles, 23.02 in the 200 meters, 49.26 in the 400 meters, 51.93 in the 400-meter hurdles, 1:04.92 in the 500 meters and 1:21.30 in the 600 meters.
2004 team tri-captain Russell Peterson
Peterson, from Manteno, IL, was a five-time NCAA qualifier and led the team in 12 events during his Hawkeye career. In 2004, he was named team tri-captain and qualified for the regional meet. He ranks in the top 10 in school history in six different events. His best times were 7.97 in the 60-meter hurdles, 14.85 in the 110-meter hurdles, 21.98 in the 200 meters, 47.62 in the 400 meters, 50.50 in the 400-meter hurdles and 1:19.12 in the 600 meters.
Rothwell, from McFarland, WI, was the second Hawkeye to compete in both football and track. He had his best track season in 2004, placing third in the discus at the Big Ten meet and qualifying for the regional meet. The offensive lineman started the last seven games at center for the Hawkeyes in 2003. His best discus throw (179-7) ranks fourth on Iowa’s all-time bests list.