Hawkeyes Head West

March 28, 2005

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THIS WEEK — The Hawkeye men’s track team will compete at the Cal State Northridge Open Saturday in Northridge, CA. All events will be held at the Matador Track and Field Complex. The women’s team will be idle.

LAST WEEK — The Iowa men collected four NCAA Midwest Regional qualifiers at the Florida Relays and Stanford Invitational before the Florida meet was cancelled due to inclement weather. Hawkeye seniors Tim Brodersen and Andy Banse qualified in the discus at the Florida Relays with collegiate-best throws. Brodersen placed second (177-5), while Banse placed fifth (165-10). Freshman Eric MacTaggart and junior Dan Haut qualified in the 5,000 meters at Stanford with collegiate-best times. MacTaggart placed fifth in 14:04.79, while Haut placed 13th in 14:08.90.

The women’s team competed in two events in Florida before the cancellation. Sophomore Nikki Chapple led the team in the 1,500 meters, placing eighth in 4:30.76. The Iowa sprint medley relay of sophomores Peaches Roach, Lindsey McCalla and Shannon Stanley, and freshman Kineke Alexander placed eighth in 3:56.99.

NCAA REGIONAL QUALIFIERS — Iowa has qualified five student-athletes for the NCAA Midwest Regional Championships, which will be held May 27-28 in Norman, OK. The top five student-athletes in each event from each of the four regions will then advance to the NCAA Championships, scheduled for June 8-11 in Sacramento, CA. The qualifiers, their events, marks and national rank are listed below.

Name – Event – Mark – NCAA Rank
Andy Banse – Discus – 165-10 (50.56 m) – 19th
Tim Brodersen – Discus – 177-5 (54.09 m) – 6th
Dan Haut – 5,000 meters – 14:08.90 – Event not ranked
Tiffany Johnson – Triple Jump – 40-4 3/4 (12.31 m) – 8th
Eric MacTaggart – 5,000 Meters – 14:04.79 – Event not ranked

HAWKEYE COACHES — Head Coaches Larry Wiezcorek is in his ninth season at the helm of the Iowa men’s track program. During his career at Iowa, Wieczorek has coached 23 all-Americans and 35 Big Ten Champions. Iowa’s highest conference meet finishes during his tenure is second at the 1999 outdoor meet and fourth at the 1997 indoor meet. 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.