Wieczorek returns to Musco Twilight meet

Larry Wieczorek started the Musco Twilight track and field meet in 1999, and he's coached in the annual event ever since.

On Saturday, Wieczorek will have a new role when Iowa hosts Musco Twilight XVI.

The former Iowa athlete and longtime director of track and field will serve as honorary referee on when the Hawkeyes host the meet for the 16th time.

"We're excited to honor Wiz and welcome his return to Musco as an honorary referee," Iowa director of track and field Joey Woody said. "He started this meet 17 years ago and it has become a prominent meet in the Midwest and the Big Ten."

Wieczorek was a Big Ten champion as an athlete at Iowa and joined the Iowa coaching staff in 1984.

He was named head coach of the men's cross country program in 1987 and took over as head coach of the men's track and field program in 1997.

In 1999, Wieczorek started the Musco Twilight meet and it has become an Iowa tradition.

Since its inception the meet has run annually with the exception of 2008 when floodwaters caused the cancellation of the meet.

Wieczorek, who retired in June, coached 53 all-Americans in 30 years on the Iowa coaching staff.

The 16th edition of the Musco Twilight meet begins with field events at 2 p.m. on Saturday at Cretzmeyer Track with running events set to begin at 4:15 p.m.