Hawkeyes Head To Tiger Relays

March 20, 2007


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THIS WEEK — Select student-athletes from the Iowa men’s track team will compete at the Louisiana State University Tiger Relays Friday and Saturday in Baton Rouge, LA. All events will be held at Bernie Moore Stadium. Events are scheduled to start at Noon (CT) Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday.

LAST WEEK — Members of the Hawkeye track team opened the 2007 outdoor season last weekend at the Willie Williams Classic in Tucson, AZ. Sophomore John Hickey and senior Adam Hamilton were the first two Hawkeyes to post NCAA Midwest Regional qualifying marks for the outdoor season. Hickey placed fifth in the shot put with a qualifying toss of 59-5 1/2, while Hamilton placed fourth in the hammer throw with a qualifying 200-11. Hickey also placed 14th in the hammer throw (145-1).

Junior Kale Katt won the javelin (196-4) and placed eighth in the hammer throw (174-5). Sophomore A.J. Curtis placed seventh in the shot put (53-11 3/4) and 13th in the discus (144-4), and junior Mark Schaapveld placed ninth in the shot put (52-1 1/4) and 11th in the hammer (161-4).

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.

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 40 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 Nike Stanford Invitational, March 30-31, in Palo Alto, CA. All events will be held at Cobb Track and Angell Field on the Stanford campus. Meet officials are expecting over 5,000 participants from the high school and college ranks. Events are scheduled to start at Noon (CT) Friday and 11 a.m. Saturday.

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