Jan. 29, 2007
IOWA CITY, IA –
THIS WEEK — The Iowa men’s track team will compete at the Meyo Invitational Friday-Saturday in South Bend, IN. The meet will be held at Meyo Track 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.
2007 TEAM CAPTAINS NAMED — Seniors David Pierre, Adam Hamilton and Micah VanDenend and junior Shane Maier have been named team captains for the 2007 season. Hamilton, an all-American and all-region selection from Milford, NH, is the 2006 Big Ten hammer throw champion. Maier, from Storm Lake, IA, earned all-region in the shot put last season, finishing one spot out of all-America contention at the NCAA Championships. VanDenend, a native of Glenbard, IL, won the 2006 NCAA Midwest Cross Country Regional and set two school distance records last season. Pierre is a sprinter from Miami, FL. The four have earned a combined five academic all-Big Ten honors.
LAST WEEK — Hawkeye junior Shane Maier won the shot put with an NCAA provisionally qualifying 58-8 1/2 during Saturday’s competition at the Gladstein Invitational in Bloomington, IN. Senior Adam Hamilton also provisionally qualified for the NCAA meet in the weight throw (64-1) with a third-place finish. The Hawkeyes recorded 15 top-three finishes during the two-day, 18-team, co-ed meet on the Indiana University campus.
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. He has coached 24 all-Americans and 39 Big Ten Champions at Iowa. The team’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 – and a four-time all-American. In 1998, Wieczorek was inducted into the National Iowa Varsity Club Hall of Fame. He is assisted by three-time Indiana all-American Scott Cappos and World Champion and four-time Northern Iowa all-American Joey Woody.
NEXT COMPETITION — The Hawkeyes will compete at the Cyclone Classic February 9-10 in Ames, IA. All events will be held at the Lied Recreation-Athletic Facility on the Iowa State campus. The facilities’ 300-meter track is one of the largest and fastest indoor tracks in the world. Events start at 2 p.m. Friday and 9:30 a.m. Saturday.