Cretzmeyer Track

Cretzmeyer Track









Francis X. Cretzmeyer Track

Francis CretzmeyerHonoree: Francis X. Cretzmeyer
1913 - 2001
(photo courtesy of F.W. Kent Collection, University Archives)


  • Francis X. Cretzmeyer coached the University of Iowa men's cross country and track teams from 1948-78 and led the Hawkeyes to five Big Ten team titles
  • Competed at the UI from 1934-1936 in long jump, high jump, 220 yard hurdles, and javelin
  • Named an alternate for the 1936 Olympic Team in the 220 yard hurdles
  • Set school records for points scored in a season and career points scored, the latter which stood for over 60 years
  • He is recognized in several Halls of Fame, including the Drake Relays, the Des Moines Register Iowa Sports, the Iowa Track Coaches Association, and the University of Iowa Athletics Halls of Fame, and the University of Iowa’s track is named in his honor
  • Cretzmeyer served as President of the Track Coaches Association in his last year of coaching, 1977-78


Description of facility:
The University of Iowa track and field team practices and competes at the Francis X. Cretzmeyer Track during the outdoor season. Located within walking distance of Carver-Hawkeye Arena and Pearl Field, the track was completed in 1986. The facility was named after the late Francis X. Cretzmeyer, who coached the men's cross country and track teams from 1948-78 and led the Hawkeyes to five Big Ten team titles. Destroyed by the flood of 2008, Cretzmeyer track was reconstructed and refinished in 2010. It features an IAAF certified, BSS 1000 track and field surface designed by Beynon Sports Surfaces. The state of the art full-pour polyurethane surface provides the resiliency and return of energy necessary for NCAA athletes to compete at the highest level.
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Address: 105 1st Avenue, Coralville, Iowa
Year built: 1986
Additional building information and map: Cretzmeyer Track

Cretzmeyer Track

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