Jan. 16, 2007
IOWA CITY, IA –
THIS WEEK — The Hawkeyes will compete at the co-ed Jack Johnson Classic in Minneapolis, MN, Friday-Saturday. All events will be held at the University of Minnesota Fieldhouse. Friday’s competition – which consists of pentathlon and heptathlon events – starts at 3 p.m. Saturday’s schedule includes pentathlon and heptathlon events starting at 9 a.m., while field and running events begin at 10:30. Competing teams include Iowa, Manitoba, Minnesota, Minnesota State-Mankato, North Dakota State and South Dakota State.
MAIER NAMED BIG TEN FIELD EVENT ATHLETE OF THE WEEK — Hawkeye junior Shane Maier was named Big Ten Field Event Athlete of the Week Tuesday for his performance at the Hawkeye Invitational. The Storm Lake, IA, native won the shot put with an NCAA provisionally qualifying throw of 59-5 1/2 (18.12 meters). It is the first time he has earned the weekly conference honor.
LAST WEEK — Hawkeye junior Shane Maier provisionally qualified for the NCAA Championships in the shot put and Iowa crowned a total of 10 event champions at the season-opening Hawkeye Invitational.
Maier provisionally qualified for the NCAA Championships with his winning throw of 59-5 1/2 (18.12 meters). Iowa’s other event winners were seniors Lee Elbert (60 meters-6.96), David Pierre (400 meters-49.22), Jeff Kent (3,000 meters – 8:31.24) and Adam Hamilton (Weight Throw-63-11), juniors Max Milder (200 meters-22.35) and Jeremy Petsche (High Jump-6-10 1/4), freshmen Adam Hairston (800 meters-1:57.29) and Jesse Luciano (Mile-4:19.75). Iowa also won the 1,600-meter relay in 3:22.58 with Pierre, sophomore Cannon Dolan and freshmen Ray Varner and Zach Splan competing.
HAWKEYE COACHING STAFF — Head Coach Larry Wieczorek is in his 10th season at the helm of the Iowa men’s track team. 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 are 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.
Scott Cappos is in his ninth year as an assistant coach at Iowa. While he is involved with all parts of the men’s track and field program, his main focus is developing the field event athletes. Joey Woody is in his first season as an assistant coach at Iowa. Woody’s main area of concentration will be the sprint and hurdles groups.
NEXT COMPETITION — The Hawkeyes will compete at the Gladstein Invitational February 26-27 in Bloomington, IN. All events will be held at the Gladstein Fieldhouse on the Indiana University campus.