June 12, 2010
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Iowa City, IA — The NCAA Championships concluded Saturday with a tight race in the men’s 1,600-meter relay, with Iowa running a season-best performance to place seventh against the top competition in the nation.
The team, consisting of sophomores Patrick Richards, Erik Sowinski, and juniors Chris Barton, and Steven Willey saved their best performance for last, clocking in with a season-best 3:05.61 that ranks fifth all-time at Iowa. The Hawkeye’s 4×4 relay team was a model of consistency all season, placing in the top three in all six of their competitions, including second-place finishes at the Drake Relays (3:05.84) and the Big Ten Championships (3:05.75).
Amidst all their success, the best part for Men’s Head Coach Larry Wieczorek is that he gets to see this entire team return next season.
“The guys looked great on the victory stand,” said Wieczorek. “It was a terrific performance, they closed off the season in style and I can’t wait until next year to have them all back.”
Iowa’s second field event qualifier, sophomore Ryan Lamparek was also in action in the shot put Saturday, placing 11th in his flight and 20th overall, throwing 57-2 (17.42m). Lamparek was riding the momentum of a collegiate-best performance at the NCAA West Regional (58-4, 17.78m) and a season where he led the team in the shot put and discus, placing in the top three in three of his four regular season shot put competitions.
Texas A&M’s women’s and men’s teams both came out on top, winning with 72 and 55 points, respectively.