Junior finishes 10th out of 30 participants with career-best tally
UW multi-event athletes represent program well on first day
Incoming group balanced between track, field athletes
Coach Meinecke enters his second season as an assistant track and field coach at Wyoming in 2013-14. His primary coaching responsibilities for the program include jumps, sprints, hurdles and combined events.
In his first year at UW, Meinecke coached five athletes to All-MW honors during the indoor season and four for the outdoor season in 2012-13. Freshman Sabina Sandberg earned a MW title in the high jump during the indoor season, and junior Jenna Mann earned a school-best point tally for the pentathlon (3,681 points) and second-best heptathlon (5,200). He helped Brandon Douglass to a school record 7.90 in the 60-meter hurdles during the indoor season and freshman Kereston Thomas to a UW-best 11.68 in the 100-meter dash from the outdoor season.
Before Wyoming, Meinecke coached for three years as an assistant at Long Beach State. In 2011, three Long Beach State student-athletes earned All-Big West honors with the men's sprinters and hurdlers accounting for 21 points to help the squad to the Big West title.
In his first year with the 49ers (2009-10), three of his athletes earned all-conference honors, while the men's 4-by-100- and 4-by-400-meter relay squads finished in the top three at the conference meet. Three of his hurdlers qualified for the NCAA West Preliminary meet, while one advanced to the NCAA Championships. Previously, he coached at Miami (Ohio) University for three years as an assistant. During his time at Miami, Meinecke helped produce six conference champs, seven national qualifiers, five trips to nationals, and two All-America honors. The Red Hawks set seven school records, one Mid-American Conference record, and one Israeli national record under his guidance.
Meinecke spent two years as the head women's cross country/track and field coach at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Ga., earlier in his career, earning Southern Conference Outdoor Track and Field Coach of the Year honors two times. His athletes produced 15 conference crowns, 13 regional qualifying performances, two SoCon records, two Junior National qualifiers, and one NCAA qualifying mark. He helped the Eagles to consecutive second-place finishes at the Southern Conference outdoor championships. Meinecke also was an assistant at Georgia Southern from 2001-03.
He was an NCAA Division III All-America decathlete at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. A three-time national qualifier, he was a member of a national championship team as a member of the distance medley relay.
Meinecke earned his bachelor's degree in business management from Luther College in 2001 and went on to earn his master's degree in sport management from Georgia Southern in 2003.