Hawkeye Men Ready For Action

March 29, 2006

Complete Release in PDF Format
Download Free Acrobat Reader

THIS WEEK — The Hawkeye men’s track and field team will compete in the Springtime Invitational on the campus of the University of Texas-El Paso. The two-day competition begins this Friday. Live results can be found at www.spato.us.

2006 OUTDOOR SEASON — The Hawkeyes look to start the spring season with a bang this weekend in the Springtime Invitational. Iowa looks to build on a successful indoor season in which several Hawkeyes met provisional qualifying marks for the NCAA championships, set new personal high marks and also broke many indoor school records.

Junior transfer Lee Elbert will lead the Hawkeye sprinting core. Elbert led the team in the 60 meters and was second in the 200 meters. Freshman David Chaplin was tops in the 200 meters, was second in the 60 meters and also competed in the 400 meters for the Hawkeyes. Max Milder, Prince Riley, and David Pierre also will anchor the sprint core.

Senior Matt O’Hollearn leads the Hawkeyes in middle distances with the squad’s fastest times in the indoor 600 and 800 meters. Davis Linden, Daniel Peoples and Jason Wakenight also look to compete in the middle distances for Iowa.

Junior Micah Van Denend, who holds the indoor school record in the 3,000 meters, joins senior Dan Haut and sophomores Eric MacTaggart and Jake Berns as leaders of a solid group of distance runners.

Big Ten long jump champion sophomore Matty Gorman will be a contender in that event and the triple jump in outdoor competition. Aaron Reed also competes in those two events while Jeremy Petsche and Ryan Niver hope to score points for Iowa in the high jump. Niver also holds the school record in the heptathlon and looks to continue to improve in the decathlon.

Hungry for gold in the throws are sophomore Shane Maier and junior Adam Hamilton. Hamilton and Maier picked up the bronze medals in the weight throw and the shot put, respectively, in this year’s Big Ten indoor championships. Senior Tim Brodersen, sophomores Kale Katt and Clint Huntrods along with freshmen A.J. Curtis and John Hickey are all contenders for the Hawkeyes.