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Jumpers, Multi-Eventers Ready for Big 12 Meet

Release: 02/19/2013
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AMES, Iowa - As Iowa State prepares to host the 2013 Big 12 Indoor Track and Field Championships this weekend at the Lied Center, the Cyclones will rely in part on its group of multi-event performers and jumpers.  Iowa State jumps coach Pete Herber says his group is ready for the challenge.

"This is what we train for," Herber said. "Our goals revolve about scoring points at the Big 12 meet indoors and outdoors and qualifying for the NCAA Championships."

Herber has developed Iowa State's formidable stable of multi-event performers who should rack up points as a group at this weekend's Big 12 Championship.

"We have a talented group of multi-event performers who should score at the conference meet and be national qualifiers," Heber said.

Ethan Wilkins leads the way for the Cyclones. The senior was a national junior college champion in the heptathlon indoors before coming to Iowa State in 2012. He placed fifth in the decathlon and the heptathlon in Big 12 competition last season scoring 7,047 points at the league championship outdoors.

"Ethan was a scorer for us indoors and outdoors last season," Herber said. "He is currently ranks third in the league indoors and he has made great progress at Iowa State."

Troy Walls is an accomplished high jumper. At the 2012 Big 12 indoor meet he was third in that event. But he is a former national junior college runner up in the heptathlon and the Cyclones are counting on him in the heptathlon and decathlon.

"Troy is back training in the multis this season and is doing really well," Herber said. "He has been healthy and we are expecting big things out of him this season."

Redshirt freshman Taylor Sanderson showed promise as a multi-eventer last season. He ranks fifth in the Big 12 in the heptathlon at 5,082 this season.

"Taylor came on and scored well in the decathlon last season," Herber said. "Time is on his side and I expect him to steadily improve."

Herber has several up and coming high jumpers who have a chance to score at the Big 12 indoor meet. Nick Lucs is a redshirt sophomore from Waukee who has cleared 6-8 ¼.  Redshirt freshman Jordan Cress has a personal best of 6-10.

"Nick is a guy that just missed scoring at the Big 12 indoor meet last year and got injured outdoors," Heber said. "Jordan redshirted last season because he was injured last season."

Kevin Poster could score in the triple jump for the Cyclones this weekend. His best of 46-1 ¼ ranks him sixth in the Big 12.

"Kevin is a freshman from Minnesota that can develop into a fine jumper," Herber said. "I see him developing into a 50-foot jumper and he'll close in on that as the season progresses."

Iowa State's women's performers look to compete at a high level this weekend.

High jumper Hannah Wilms is adjusting to track and field as her sole sport after competing in volleyball and track and field when she came to Iowa State.

"Hannah is getting her confidence back," Herber said. "We are getting her dialed in and she will get better and better with time."

Multi-eventers Bree Woelber and Kelly McCoy head into the Big 12 meet ranked sixth and seventh, respectively among their league counterparts.

"Bree gets it," Herber said. "She has really figured things out this season and is coming on really quick."

Big 12 track 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. A two-day pass is $5.
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