Hawkeyes Head To Notre Dame, New York

Feb. 2, 2009

The Hawkeye men and women’s track teams will split competition between two meets this weekend.

The men’s throwers will head to New York for the New Balance Invitational at the Armory Track. The men’s shot put is set for 2:45 p.m. Friday and the men’s weight throw will be at 12:15 p.m. Saturday.

The rest of the team will compete at the Meyo Invite in South Bend, IN. Events are set to start at 5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. Saturday, and will be held at the Loftus Center on the Notre Dame University campus.

Iowa hit the road last weekend, sending one group to the Jack Jennett Invitational in Cedar Falls, IA, and a men’s 3,200-meter relay to the 102nd annual Millrose Games in New York, NY.

Hawkeye junior heptathletes Dan Rolling and Frank Prill participated in their first multi-event competition of the season in Cedar Falls. Rolling placed third with a collegiate-best point total of 4,909, which ranks third in school history. He won the 60-meter hurdles (8.54) and high jump (6-10 3/4) as part of the competition, and posted collegiate-bests in the 1,000 meters (2:43.10) and pole vault (11-9 3/4). Prill placed seventh (4,784 points) in the seven-event competition.

Senior Renee White won the women’s 60-meter hurdles (8.91) and placed fifth in the 200 meters (26.51), posting season-best times in both events. Sophomore James Paul won the mile with a season-best 4:17.90, while sophomore Mark Battista ran a collegiate-best 4:25.53 in the race. Junior Alex Zona also tied a collegiate best in the pole vault (15-7 3/4).

The men’s 3,200-meter relay team, consisting of junior Adam Hairston, sophomore Dan Kuhlman, and freshmen Zack Braff and Eric Sowinski, competed, but did not finish the race when their baton was knocked out by another competitor early in the race.

The Hawkeye coaching staff has some new faces and responsibilities for the 2009 season. Larry Wieczorek is the men’s head track and cross country coach, and Layne Anderson is the women’s head track and cross country coach. The teams now share administrative responsibilities, coordinate their competition schedules and divide coaching responsibilities by event instead of gender. Assistant Scott Cappos, who is in his 13th year at Iowa, will coach the throws, while third-year assistant Joey Woody will coach the men’s sprints, short hurdles and relays, and women’s long sprints and hurdles. First-year assistant Clive Roberts will coach the women’s short sprints, hurdles and relays, as well as the horizontal jumps for both groups. First-year assistant Christi Smith will direct the multi-events and vertical jumps.

The Hawkeye coaching staff are scheduled to host two ond-day throws and speed/hurdle clinics and one four-day summer camp in 2009. The first clinic is set for Feb. 22 and the second is Mar. 8. The summer camp is scheduled for June 21-25. For more information contact Assistant Coach Scott Cappos at (319) 335-9392 or scott-cappos@uiowa.edu, or visit www.hawkeyetrack.com.

The Hawkeyes are set to host the co-ed Iowa Invite Friday, Feb. 20 at 4 p.m. at the University of Iowa Recreation Building. Competing teams include Iowa, Coe, Simpson, Augustana and North Central College.

The Hawkeyes will split competition between two meets for the weekend of Feb. 13-14. Part of the group will compete at the Iowa State Classic in Ames, while the rest of the team will travel to the Husky Classic in Seattle, WA. Events at Iowa State are scheduled to start at 9 a.m. Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday, and will be held at the Lied Recreation Center on the Iowa State University campus. Events at the Husky Classic are set to start at 10:30 a.m. (CT) Saturday and will be held at the Dempsey Indoor Facility on the University of Washington campus.

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