Jan. 22, 2007
IOWA CITY, IA –
THIS WEEK — The Iowa men’s track team will compete at the co-ed Gladstein Invitational Friday-Saturday in Bloomington, IN. All events will be held at the Gladstein Fieldhouse on the Indiana University campus. On Friday the multi-events will start at Noon, the field events at 3 p.m. and the running events at 5 p.m. Saturday, the multi-events will start at 10 a.m. and field and running events at noon. Eighteen men’s and women’s teams will be competing, including Big Ten foes Indiana, Michigan and Ohio State.
LAST WEEK — Iowa crowned four event champions and provisionally qualified one student-athlete for the NCAA Indoor Championships at the Jack Johnson Classic Saturday in Minneapolis, MN. The Hawkeyes also recorded 14 collegiate-best performances on the day. Hawkeye senior Adam Hamilton won the weight throw with an NCAA provisional qualifying mark of 64-4. He was one of the three NCAA-eligible student-athletes at the meet to qualify for the national indoor competition in March. Iowa freshman Paul Chaney, Jr., won the 60 meters (6.95) in his collegiate track debut. The St. Louis, MO, native is a wide receiver on the Hawkeye football team. Sophomores Andy Napier and John Hickey also won event titles for Iowa. Napier won the 3,000 meters in a collegiate-best 8:32.88, while Hickey won the shot put with a throw of 57-9.
NCAA QUALIFIERS — The Hawkeyes have qualified two student-athletes for the NCAA Indoor Championships, which will be held March 9-10 in Fayetteville, AR. Their event, qualifying marks and where they rank in the Big Ten and nation are listed below.
HAWKEYE COACHING STAFF — Head Coach Larry Wieczorek is in his 11th season at the helm of the Iowa men’s track team. During his career at Iowa, Wieczorek has coached 24 all-Americans and 39 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.
Assisting Wieczorek are Scott Cappos and Joey Woody. Cappos, a three-time all-American at Indiana is in his 11th season developing the Hawkeye field event athletes. Woody, a World Champion and four-time all-American at Northern Iowa is in his first season with Hawkeye sprint and hurdles groups.
NEXT COMPETITION — The Hawkeyes will compete at the Meyo Invitational February 2-3 in South Bend, IN. All events will be held at Meyo Track and Field in the Loftus Center on the University of Notre Dame campus. Events are scheduled to start at 5 p.m. Friday and 9:30 a.m. Saturday. At 1/5 of a mile, Meyo Track is one of the largest indoor tracks in the nation.