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June 1, 2005

2005 MEN'S OUTDOOR TRACK REVIEW

TOM MCINTIRE REWRITES RECORD BOOK IN HAMMER THROW EN ROUTE TO FOURTH PLACE FINISH IN NCAA DIVISION III NATIONAL MEET; MCINTIRE & JASON MYERS PULL DOWN MVP HONORS FOR VIKINGS; MCINTIRE, DOUG COCHRANE (SHOT) & DAVID WINSTON (400 HURDLES) WIN INDIVIDUAL CONFERENCE TITLES

 

For a guy who had never seen the event contest just three years ago, Augustana College junior Tom McIntire (Galva HS, Galva, IL) has gotten fairly comfortable with the hammer throw. McIntire came to the Augustana campus in the fall of 2002 having put together a solid career as a discus thrower and shot putter at Galva High School. He also was a top-notch football player.

 

At Augustana he has continued in that two sport mode, playing tight end for the Vikings in football and competing in the throwing events in track & field. At the college level there is plenty of adjustment to make in the throwing events as the shot is heavier and the discus is bigger than in high school. However, McIntire has made the biggest impact in an event that isn’t event on the high school slate – the hammer throw. He made steady progress throughout his career but 2005 was a breakout year for him.

 

He won both the 35 pound weight (the indoor equivalent of the hammer) and the hammer in the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin in 2004 and this year he not only repeated that double victory feat but set new league records in each event as well. McIntire then topped the 2005 season by uncorking a new school record toss of 185’ 7” at the NCAA Division III national meet at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa on Saturday, May 28. That performance earned him All-American honors with a fourth place finish. Quite an achievement for a guy who went into the meet ranked just 13th among all the throwers who qualified.

 

McIntire may have had his best overall performance at the CCIW championship meet on May 6-7. Throwing from his home circle behind the Carver PE Center, he won the hammer for the second year in a row with a conference record toss of 178’ 6”. That was also a new school record but he would break it just three weeks later at the national meet. He did not rest on his laurels in the hammer cage however. He also took second in the discus with a throw of 157’ 3” and third in the shot put at 47’ 1”.

 

His performance helped the Vikings of veteran head coach Paul Olsen take third in the final CCIW standings. North Central won the meet with 215 points while Carthage was second with 150.5 and Augustana third at 116.5. Wheaton (103.5), Illinois Wesleyan (97.5), Elmhurst (68), Millikin (61) and North Park (8) rounded out the eight team field.

 

Besides McIntire, the Vikings also claimed two other individual champions. Doug Cochrane (Kirksville HS, Kirksville, MO) won the shot with a toss of 49’ 3 �” and David Winston (Westmont HS, Westmont, IL) took first in the 400 intermediate hurdles with a time of :55.07.

 

Once again Olsen’s team had a tremendous season overall. The Vikings were the champions of the Early Spring Opener on March 19 and the Viking Olympics on April 2. They placed third in the Monmouth Midweek Invitational on April 26, where fourth in the Norsemen Relays on April 16, fourth in the Meet of Champions on April 23 and sixth at the Wartburg Select meet on April 8-9.

 

Besides McIntire, who also qualified in the discus with a throw of 157’ 3” at the conference meet, three other individuals and one relay team met the NCAA Division III qualifying standard in their respective events. Cochrane qualified in the shot put with a toss of 50’ 11” at the Wartburg Select meet, Jason Petit (Rochester HS, Rochester, IL) made it in the pole vault with a clearance of 15’ 4 �” at the Midwest Championship on May 20 and Rob Hanauer (East Peoria HS, East Peoria, IL) was a double qualifier. He made it in the 800 with a time of 1:53.43 and in the 1500 with a clocking of 3:53.24. Both of those performances came at the Dr. Keeler Invitational in Naperville, Illinois on May 13. The 1600 relay team of Mike Luchetti (Prairie Ridge HS, Crystal Lake, IL), Jay Watson (Oregon HS, Mount Morris, IL), Dillon Smith (Rock Island HS, Rock Island, IL) and Jason Myers (Prairie Central HS, Fairbury, IL) qualified on May 20 at the Midwest Championship with a time of 3:14.10. That time is the second fastest in Augustana history.

 

Myers was named the Most Valuable Track athlete and McIntire the Most Valuable Field athlete according to a vote of their teammates following the season. Justin Kossak (Somonauk HS, Somonauk, IL) was named the Most Valuable Freshman for field events while Watson was the Most Valuable Freshman for track events. Kossak recorded the top performance on the team in the high jump when he cleared 6’ 3 �” that was good for third place in the CCIW. Watson had the best time on the team in the 400 with a clocking of :48.95 and he finished second in the CCIW in that event.

 

The Most Improved Performer award was shared by sophomore 800 runner Curt Hurd (Aurora Central Catholic HS, Aurora, IL), freshman distance runner Brad Holehan (Joliet Catholic HS, Shorewood, IL) and freshman Ben Locke (Glenbard East HS, Glen Ellyn, IL). Cochrane and distance runner Nick Johnson (Lincoln Way HS, New Lenox, IL) were the co-winners of the Most Inspirational honor. Captains-elect for the 2006 season will be McIntire, middle distance runner Nick Stirrett (Champaign Central HS, Champaign, IL) and distance runner Adam Houghton (Havana HS, Havana, IL).

 

Johnson and Myers were both named to the ESPN – The Magazine Academic All-District team.

 

2005 COLLEGE CONFERENCE OF ILLINOIS & WISCONSIN CHAMPIONSHIP

May 6-7, 2005

Ericson Field/Alumni Track at Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois

 

TEAM SCORES: 1. North Central 214; 2. Carthage 150.5; 3. Augustana 116.5; 4. Wheaton 103.5; 5. Illinois Wesleyan 97.5; 6. Elmhurst 68; 7. Millikin 61; 8. North Park 8.

 

INDIVIDUAL EVENT CHAMPIONS

100 – Matt Harden, Illinois Wesleyan :10.75

200 – Tyler Neal, Illinois Wesleyan :21.72

400 – Adam Pennington, North Central :47.77 (new CCIW record)

800 – Julius White, North Central 1:53.00

1500 – Andy Hubner, North Central 3:56.55

5000 – Pat Rizzo, North Central 15:13.85

10,000 – Chris Bosworth, North Central 31:31.64

110 High Hurdles – Matt Harden, Illinois Wesleyan :14.65

400 Intermediate Hurdles – David Winston, Augustana :55.07

3000 Steeplechase – Matt Field, Wheaton 9:21.29

400 Relay – Illinois Wesleyan :41.50 (new CCIW record)

1600 Relay – North Central 3:17.33

Shot – Doug Cochrane, Augustana 49’ 3 �”

Discus – Lance Brooks, Millikin 164’ 11”

Hammer – Tom McIntire, Augustana 178’ 6” (new CCIW record)

Javelin – Kyle Stumpenhorst, North Central 173’ 4”

Long Jump – Jeff Sizemore, North Central 23’ 1 �”

High Jump – Jordan Thomas, Millikin 6’ 7 �”

Triple Jump – Jeff Sizemore, North Central 46’ 1 �”

Pole Vault – Brian DeLoriea, North Central 16’ 6”

Decathlon – Nate Mealy, Wheaton 6,272

 

2005 AUGUSTANA MEN’S TRACK & FIELD SUPERLATIVES

NCAA DIVISION III ALL-AMERICAN: Tom McIntire – 4th in the hammer with toss of 185’ 7”

MOST VALUABLE TRACK PERFORMER: Jason Myers

MOST VALUABLE FIELD PERFORMER: Tom McIntire

MOST VALUABLE TRACK PERFORMER: Jay Watson

MOST VALUABLE FRESHMAN FIELD PERFORMER: Justin Kossak

MOST IMPROVED: Curt Hurd, Brad Holehan & Ben Locke

MOST INSPIRATIONAL: Doug Cochrane & Nick Johnson

2005 TEAM CAPTAINS: Doug Cochrane, Nick Johnson & Jason Myers

2006 TEAM CAPTAINS-ELECT: Tom McIntire, Nick Stirrett & Adam Houghton

ESPN – THE MAGAZINE ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT: (1st team) – Nick Johnson & Jason Myers

CCIW INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONS: Tom McIntire – hammer…Doug Cochrane – shot put…David Winston – 400 hurdles.

NCAA DIVISION III NATIONAL QUALIFIERS: 1600 relay (Mike Luchetti, Jay Watson, Dillon Smith & Jason Myers) with time of 3:14.10 at Midwest Championship on 05/20…Hammer throw – Tom McIntire with toss of 178’ 8” at Midwest Championship on 05/20…Pole vault – Jason Petit with clearance of 15’ 4 �” at Midwest Championship on 05/20…1500 – Rob Hanauer with time of 3:53.24 at Dr. Keeler Invitational on 05/13…800 – Rob Hanauer with time of 1:53.43 at Dr. Keeler Invitational on 05/13.

SCHOOL RECORDS SET IN 2005: Hammer throw – Tom McIntire with toss of 185’7” at NCAA Division III national meet in Waverly, Iowa on May 28, breaking own record of 178’8” on 05/20 at Midwest Championship.