Cyclones Eager Hosts of Big 12 Indoor Meet
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Action begins at 10 a.m. CST Friday with the multi-events. Field events and track events begin at 3 p.m. The final event Friday, the men's distance medley, starts at 9 p.m. Competition starts Saturday at 11 a.m. with multi-events. Field events begin at noon and running events start at 1:30 p.m. The final event Saturday, the men's 4 x 400-meter relay, begins at 5:25 p.m. Adult admission is $7 for one day. An adult two-day pass is $10. Admission for youth high school age and younger is $3 for one session and a two-day pass is $5.
"Both our men's and the women's teams have individuals who are among the favorites," Iowa State head coach Corey Ihmels said. "But where you finish in a meet is largely determined by those rising up to get us fifth through eight in an event. I am excited for our athletes to be able to compete on our home track."
Among the conference champions returning for the Cyclones is 2012 mile champion Rico Loy. Loy, who is rounding into shape after some early season injuries, won the mile last season in dramatic fashion by passing the leader on the inside. Iowa State's Edward Kemboi is the defending outdoor conference champion in the 800 meters.
"Beyond the distance events you have guys like Ian Warner, who was third last year for us in the 60-meter dash,' Ihmels said. "We have Jan Jeuschede, who is going to help us in the throws. Ethan Wilkins will be a scorer in the multi-events. You add Troy Walls in the high jump to Nick Efkamp, who has the fastest times in the league in the 200 and 400 meters, and you can see how we are going to make an impact."
NCAA cross country champion Betsy Saina, the defending national collegiate indoor champion in the 5,000 meters, will defend the 3,000 and 5,000-meter titles she won last year indoors at the Big 12 meet in College Station. Ihmels notes that Saina and All-American Meghan Nelson will not have to shoulder all the responsibility for the team's success this weekend.
"There is a lot more to our team than Betsy and Meghan," Ihmels said. "Christina Hillman, Danielle Frere and Shema Hampton lead a strong throws crew for us and we are looking to pick up points in races like the 600-yard dash, the 800 meters and the 1,000-meter run. Ejiro and Ese Okoro will be key to our chances in those events."
The 2012 men's team champion, Texas A&M, is no longer in the league. Texas was second last season, followed by Oklahoma and Kansas State. The Texas women were behind Texas A&M last season as Iowa State finished sixth overall.