Feb. 25, 2006
This weekend the University of Iowa track team is hosting the 2006 Big Ten Indoor Championships. After one day of competition, the Hawkeyes are tied for third place with Michigan with 24 points. The defending champion Badgers of Wisconsin lead the team scoring with 29 points and Indiana is second with 27 points.
Sophomore Matty Gorman won the long jump with a collegiate best mark of 24-8.5. That mark is sixth-best in Iowa history and provisionally qualified him for the NCAA Indoor Championships in March. Sophomore Shane Maier took home the bronze medal in the shot put with a toss of 58-10.75. Maier has already provisionally qualified for the championships, as well.
“There were some really exciting things today,” said Iowa Head Coach Larry Wieczorek. “Matty Gorman won the long jump, and in this meet it’s more than just one place between first and second. It means that you’re a Big Ten champion and that is something that will last a lifetime.”
Ryan Niver is in second place after four events in the heptathlon. Niver won the high jump when he cleared 6-8.75, which ties his collegiate best mark. He trails Nathan Brown of Wisconsin by just six points heading into tomorrow’s 60-meter hurdles, pole vault and 1,000-meter run.
“The guys in shot put did great today and Niver is having a great heptathlon; he’s on fire.” said Wieczorek. “We also had some guys qualify for finals in their events – Matt O’Hollearn, David Chaplin and Jake Berns.”
The Big Ten Championships conclude tomorrow at the Recreation Building. The heptathlon 60-meter hurdles start the meet at 10:20 a.m. and running events begin at 1 p.m. with the 5,000 meter run. The team award presentation is tentatively scheduled for 3:45 p.m.