Sept. 24, 2007
IOWA CITY, IA –
NEXT TIME OUT– The men’s next meet will be September 29 at the Loyola’s Lakefront Invitational. The meet will be held at Montrose Beach in Chicago, IL. The men will be running an 8K which will start at 12:15 p.m.
MEN’S LAST TIME OUT–The University of Iowa men’s team hosted the Hawkeye Invitational last Saturday at the Ashton Cross Country Course. The men scored wins over Wichita State and Northern Iowa with junior Andy Napier taking first place in the men’s 8,000-meter race with a personal best, 25:02.
The men’s youthful squad had nine finishers in the top 15 with nine personal best times. Sophomore Jesse Luciano placed third (25:27), followed by sophomore Tommy Tate (5th-25:33), freshman Mark Battista (8th-25:47), redshirt freshman Bruce MacTaggart (9th-26:07), sophomore Brendan Camplin (10th-26:13), sophomore Jay Renaud (11th-26:23), freshman Sam Bailin (13th-26:35), sophomore Mike Stout (14th-26:41)
THE RANKINGS–The United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association has released its preseason rankings for the 2007 season. The men’s cross country team is ranked fifth in the Midwest region.
HAWKEYE MEN’S COACH Larry Wieczorek — Larry Wieczorek is in his 21st season as Iowa men’s cross country coach. During his tenure, the cross country team has placed sixth or higher 10 times at the NCAA Regional Championships, has posted 29 all-region selections and qualified for the NCAA Championships five times. In 2004, the Hawkeyes recorded their highest placings under Wieczorek at the Big Ten (3rd) and NCAA Championships (13th). In 2002, Wieczorek was named Midwest Region Coach of the Year honors by the United States Cross Country Association after the Hawkeyes won the NCAA Regional for the first time in school history. Wieczorek was a two-time Big Ten champion and a member of Iowa’s last Big Ten track championship team in 1967. Wieczorek still owns the Iowa record in the indoor two miles.
QUOTING COACH WIECZOREK– “Our goal for this season was to take incremental steps toward excellence. In this meet we, as a group took a big step. Andy Napier had an outstanding meet. It was his first win. To do it over UNI’s Dorian Ulrey is a big win for him as an individual.”
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