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2005 Men's Indoor Track Review

 

2005 MEN’S INDOOR TRACK & FIELD

 

TOM MCINTIRE ESTABLISHES NEW CONFERENCE RECORD IN WINNING 35 POUND WEIGHT TOSS; DOUG COCHRANE ALSO NABS CCIW TITLE IN SHOT PUT; VIKINGS PLACE FOURTH IN CONFERENCE MEET; DISTANCE MEDLEY

 

Junior Tom McIntire (Galva HS, Galva, IL) established a new conference record in winning the 35 pound weight toss at the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin indoor track & field championship on Saturday, February 26 in Bloomington, Illinois. McIntire won for the second straight year by getting off a throw of 53’ 5 ¾”, breaking the old record of 52’ 3 ¾ set by his former teammate and current coach David Gonzalez in 2002. The 35 pound weight toss has been conducted in five CCIW championships and Augustana has had the champion each time (Gonzalez in 2001-02-03 and McIntire in 2004 and again this year).

 

McIntire was not the only individual champion as senior Doug Cochrane (Kirksville HS, Kirksville, MO) won the shot put with a heave of 51’ 10”. Thanks to the championship performances by McIntire and Cochrane, the Vikings placed fourth in the team standings with 95.5 points. North Central won the team title with 186, followed by Carthage with 126.5 and Illinois Wesleyan at 117. Augustana was trailed by Wheaton (48.5), Elmhurst (42), Millikin (41) and North Park (6.5).

 

Besides winning the 35 pound weight throw, McIntire also placed third in the shot put behind Cochrane, with a toss of 48’ 2 ¾”. The Vikings also got a third place in the 35 pound weight from sophomore Eric Oberlin (Hampshire HS, Hampshire, IL), who recorded a mark of 47’ 10”. Sophomore Tony Hobbs (Rockton Hononegah HS, Roscoe, IL) also scored in the shot with an eighth place toss of 45’ 5”. Freshman Josh Branch (Rockton Hononegah HS, Roscoe, IL) took fifth in the triple jump with a leap of 43’ 5”. Sophomore Jason Petit (Rochester HS, Rochester, IL) was seventh in the pole vault with a clearance of 14’ 10 ¼” and freshman Justin Kossak (Somonauk HS, Somonauk, IL) took seventh in the high jump at 5’ 11 ½”.

 

Senior Jason Myers (Prairie Central HS, Fairbury, IL) took third in the 55 in :06.60 and freshman John Hamrin (Bloomington HS, Bloomington, IL) was sixth in :06.65. Myers also grabbed eighth in the 200 in :22.92. Junior Drew Letko (Crete-Monee HS, Crete, IL) placed seventh in the 400 in :51.59 with freshman Dan Gates (St. Charles East HS, St. Charles, IL) finishing eighth in :51.91. Senior Ammon Paquette (United Township HS, Hampton, IL) was seventh in the 800 in 1:59.48 while in the mile freshman Rob Hanauer (East Peoria HS, East Peoria, IL) took third in 4:20.79, senior Nick Johnson (Lincoln Way HS, New Lenox, IL) was fourth in 4:22.42 and sophomore Eric Junco (Waubonsie Valley HS, Aurora, IL) placed eighth in 4:23.89. Sophomore Jeff Bailey (Deerfield HS, Deerfield, IL) finished fourth in the 5000 in 15:03.41 and junior Scott Walker (United Township HS, East Moline, IL) was seventh in the 55 hurdles.

 

During the course of the season the Vikings won a pair of invitationals, taking the Midwest Invitational in Monmouth, Illinois on January 29 by a narrow 1.5 point margin over host Monmouth and the Leif Ericson Invitational at home on February 5 by a wide 164 point margin over second place Aurora.

 

Four school records fell during the course of the season with Myers getting two of them. He ran :36.54 in the 300 at the Leif Erickson Invitational on February 5 and :22.56 in the 200 at the Midwest Invitational in Monmouth on January 29. McIntire set a new school record in the 35 pound weight throw at the Midwest Invitational and the distance medley team of Hanauer, Myers, Ammon Paquette (United Township HS, Hampton, IL, and Johnson ran 10:02.81 at the Iowa State Qualifier in Ames, Iowa on March 5.

 

2005 MEN’S INDOOR TRACK & FIELD SUPERLATIVES

 

SCHOOL RECORD: Distance Medley - 10:02.81 (Rob Hanauer, Jason Myers, Ammon Paquette, Nick Johnson) at Iowa State Qualifier on 03/05/05 in Ames, Iowa – old record of 10:12.09 by Steve Wahls, Brandon Vahl, Mike Bartlett, Craig Lawrence in 2001…300 – :36.54 (Jason Myers) at Leif Erickson Invitational on 02/05/05 in Rock Island, Illinois – old record :36.57 by Brad Blake in 2001…200 - :22.56 (Jason Myers) at Midwest Invitational on 01/29/05 in Monmouth, Illinois – old record :22.68 by Brad Blake in 2001…35 Pound Weight – 53’ 10 ¼” (Tom McIntire) at Midwest Invitational on 01/29/05 in Monmouth, Illinois.

NCAA DIVISION III NATIONAL QUALIFIERS: Distance Medley Relay - 10:02.81 (Rob Hanauer, Jason Myers, Ammon Paquette, Nick Johnson) at Iowa State Qualifier on 03/05/05 in Ames, Iowa…Shot Put – 51’ 10” (Doug Cochrane) at CCIW Championship on 02/26/05 in Bloomington, Illinois…35 Pound Weight Throw – 53’ 10 ¼” (Tom McIntire) at Monmouth Invitational on 01/29/05 in Monmouth, Illinois.

CCIW INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONS: 35 Pound Weight Toss – 53’ 5 ¾” (Tom McIntire) *** new conference record breaking old mark of 52’ 3 ¾” set by Augustana’s David Gonzalez in 2002…Shot Put – 51’ 10” (Doug Cochrane).

PEPSICO FIELDHOUSE RECORD: Mile – 4:21.29 (Nick Johnson) at Leif Erickson Invitational on 02/05/05.

 

INDIVIDUAL INVITATIONAL CHAMPIONS

02/19/05 – Wisconsin-Platteville Open: Jeff Bailey in mile with time of 4:22.93…Josh Branch in triple jump with leap of 43’ 0 ½”.

02/05/05 – Leif Ericson Invitational: Jason Myers in 300 with time of :36.54…Nick Johnson in mile with time of 4:21.29…Jay Watson in 400 with time of :51.93…Ammon Paquette in 800 with time of 2:00.43…Scott Walker in 55 hurdles with time of :08.31…Josh Branch in triple jump with leap of 42’ 5 ¼”…Tom McIntire in 35 pound weight toss with throw of 51’ 1 ½”…Doug Cochrane in shot put with toss of 50’ 6”…800 Relay (J.J. McDowell, Desmond Cunningham, Jay Watson, Jason Myers) with time of 1:33.07…3200 Relay (Adam Houghton, Nick Stirrett, Rob Hanauer, Eric Junco) with time of 8:17.21…1600 Relay (J.J. McDowell, Dan Gates, Mike Luchetti, Yancy Gillespie) with time of 3:31.1.

01/29/05 – Midwest Invitational: Jason Myers in 200 with time of :22.56…Rob Hanauer in 800 with time of 1:59.98 and mile with time of 4:27.41...Jeff Bailey in 5000 with time of 15:22.83.

 

TEAM FINISHES: Champions of Midwest Invitational in Monmouth, Illinois on January 29 and Leif Erickson Invitational at home on February 5…Second at Illinois Wesleyan Relays in Bloomington, Illinois on January 15…Fourth at CCIW Championship in Bloomington, Illinois on February 26.