Hawkeyes Qualify Most Throwers

March 4, 2005

IOWA CITY, IA – The University of Iowa men’s track team has qualified five throwers for the 2005 NCAA Indoor Championships, which ties for the most of any school in the nation. The championships will be held March 11-12 in Fayetteville, AR. Seniors Andy Banse and Ken Kemeny and redshirt freshman Shane Maier have provisionally qualified in the shot put, while senior Chris Voller and junior Adam Hamilton qualified in the weight throw. Colorado State has also qualified five throwers, while Manhattan has qualified four.

Banse is ranked 20th in the shot put with a collegiate-best 60-2, which is over four feet more than his best mark in 2004. He leads the Hawkeyes in that event. Hamilton, who is a returning all-American in the outdoor hammer throw, leads the team in the weight throw with a collegiate-best 65-11 3/4 that ranks 24th in the nation. Kemeny, a team tri-captain, is a six-time NCAA provisional qualifier in the shot put. He led the team in that event at last weekend’s Big Ten Indoor Championships, placing fourth with a throw of 58-11 1/2. Voller is a two-time all-region selection in the outdoor hammer throw, while Maier is competing in his first indoor season with the Hawkeyes. Iowa also returns two-time all-American and Big Ten Champion javelin thrower Bill Neumann for the 2005 outdoor season.

All-American Adam Hamilton has qualified for the NCAA Championships in the weight throw.

The Hawkeyes have had success in the throws in recent years. Iowa has had at least one all-American in the throws the last five seasons, and has boasted a total of 10 all-Americans, 10 Big Ten Champions, 15 regional qualifiers and five all-region selections all since 1998. The Hawkeye throwers scored 17 points at last weekend’s Big Ten Indoor Championships, which was more than any other conference school.