Three Meets On Cyclones' Weekend Slate
AMES, Iowa – The Iowa State track and field teams will split athletes across three different meets this weekend, sending team members to the Jace Lacoste Invitational, Payton Jordan Invitational and Iowa Musco Twilight. The Cyclones are coming off of a strong showing at the Drake Relays that saw six events notch places on the program’s all-time top-10 lists.
Jace Lacoste Invitational (Starkville, Miss.)
Ese Okoro will be back in the 400-meter hurdles, after a week off from the event. Okoro currently ranks third in the NCAA at 56.78 seconds and is one of three athletes in the nation to post at least three sub-58 second performances this season. Her mark of 56.78 is also the fastest time run by a British athlete this year. Okoro will be joined by Krista Shoeman, who holds a mark of 1:00.50 coming into the race.
Shoeman and Okoro will be compete with Dana Christensen and Kendra White in the women’s 4x400-meter relay. The squad posted the second fastest time in program history at the Drake Relays, clocking in at 3:36.39. White and Christensen will also be competing in the 400-meter dash. White currently ranks fourth on the all-time list with a personal record of 53.83 seconds.
The trio of Derek Jones, Kris Brander and Trey Achterhoff will be taking the track in the 400-meter hurdles. Jones currently ranks fourth in the Big 12 in the event with a personal best of 52.07 seconds. The three Cyclones will also compete in the 4x400m, along with Jacob Hoogensen.
Mark Sitek, coming off his first action of the outdoor season at the Drake Relays, will join Ivan Tamba and Jared Ingram in the 200-meter dash. Tamba currently holds the top mark on the team at 21.46w. Tamba and Ingram will also be competing in the 100-meter dash.
Shot putters Christina Hillman and Jan Jeuschede will be in the field in Starkville. Jeuschede has thrown a mark of 58 feet, 3 inches this season and holds a top mark of 60’9.25” in the event. Hillman ranks fourth nationally at 56’11.50” this season, but holds a personal best of 59’6.75” from this year’s NCAA indoor championships. Hillman will also compete in the discus competition.
High jumpers Kelly McCoy and Hannah Willms are currently tied for fifth in Iowa State outdoor history in the event, both clearing the mark of 5’9.25” this season. Willms cleared the mark at LSU’s Alumni Gold, and McCoy notched the height last weekend at the Drake Relays.
Kayla Sanborn and Anna Holtermann from the women’s team and Henry Kelley from the men’s are set to throw the hammer. All three rank on Iowa State’s all-time list, as Sanborn (189’03”) and Holtermann (162’06”) rank sixth and 10th on the women’s list, with Kelly (185’07”) coming in at sixth on the men’s.
Kevin Poster will be competing in the triple jump, coming off of an eighth-place showing at the Drake Relays. Poster notched a mark of 49’7.75”, just off of his PR of 49’11.75” set earlier this season.
The men will also be fielding a 4x100-meter relay team for the first time this season. Ingram, Tamba, Sitek and Ryan Sander will make up the team, as they look to post a regional-qualifying mark. Sander will also be competing in the 110-meter hurdles, coming off a season-best performance at the Drake Relays of 14.35 seconds.
Bree Woelber is slated for four events this weekend, as she continues her training for the Big 12 heptathlon . Woelber is coming off of a career performance in the heptathlon at the Drake Relays, where she notched a career-best overall performance of 4,746 points. Woelber is scheduled to compete in the 100m-hurdles, 200-meter dash, long jump and javelin throw.
Payton Jordan Invitational (Palo Alto, Calif.)
Ejiro Okoro is set to compete in the women’s 800-meter run, marking the first time this outdoor season that she has competed in the event. The two-time All-American will have her hands full as she races against conference-rival Savannah Camacho of Oklahoma State, along with some of the nation’s best middle-distance runners.
The Cyclones will pack the women’s 1,500-meter run, sending six into the field. Maggie Gannon will look to continue her ascent on Iowa State’s top-10 list, as she currently stands at No. 6 with a time of 4:22.16. Long distance runners Crystal Nelson, Katy Moen, Bethany Brown and Samantha Bluske will also be in the race, along with Perez Rotich. Each are capable of posting marks around 4:30 or better.
Edward Kemboi is set to run in a loaded field this weekend, competing in the 800-meter run. Kemboi will be taking on numerous athletes currently ranked in the nation’s top-25 in the event. The Eldoret, Kenya, native posted a mark of 1:46.14 earlier this year at the Stanford Invitational, which is good for the second fastest time in the NCAA this season.
Musco Invitational (Iowa City, Iowa)
Jessica Nichols will be taking the track in the 100m and 200m dash. Nichols currently ranks eighth in program history in the 100m, with a PR of 12.17 seconds. She will join Emily Toennies, Britney Williams and Kaci Storm in the 4x100m relay. Toennies and Williams are also slated for the 400-meter dash, while Storm will compete in the 100-meter and 400-meter hurdles.
Taylor Sanderson is also training for Big 12 multis competition and will be competing in three events. Sanderson is scheduled for the 110m-hurdles, long jump and javelin throw. Mark Johnson will be joining Sanderson in the long jump, coming off a career performance at the Drake Relays. Johnson equaled his personal best at the Relays, jumping a distance of 23’4.75”.
Brandon Barnes and Joe Gioielli are in the field for the men’s 800-meter run. Gioielli holds a top mark of 1:50.56 in the event, with Barnes at 1:52.34. Steve Dado is scheduled for the men’s 5,000m, where he has a best time of 14:59.51.
From the women’s distance squad, Maryn Lowry is the lone entry in the 800-meter run. Lowry notched a PR at the Big 12 indoor championships this season at 2:12. 25. Taylor McDowell, Heidi Engelhardt and Maddie Nagle are set to compete in the 1,500-meter run. All three are capable of running around 4:40 or faster in the event. Engelhardt and Nagle may also see action in the 3,000m-steeplechase.
The Cyclones will send four athletes to compete in the women’s 3,000-meter run. Anna Buenneke, Bethany Olson, Julie Wiemerslage and Kristen Henson are each scheduled to run the race for the Cardinal and Gold.
*This season, the Cyclones have set seven program records, with six coming from the women’s team and one from the men’s. Through five outdoor meets, 18 different Cyclones have notched places on Iowa State’s all-time top-10 lists.
*30 Cyclones currently on roster account for 36 total slots on Iowa State’s all-time top-10 outdoor lists.
*Through five outdoor meets, 26 different Cyclone student-athletes have notched a total of 41 personal records.
*At the Drake Relays, the Cyclones notched six all-time top-10 performances and two school records.
*Ese Okoro posted the nation’s third-fastest time in the 400-meter hurdles at the Tiger Classic, breaking the tape in 56.78 seconds. Okoro is one of just three athletes in the nation to run sub-58 seconds at least three times this season.
*Three-time All-American Edward Kemboi made his outdoor debut at the Mt. SAC Relays, placing fifth overall and second among collegians in 1:46.14.
*Katy Moen is one of six student-athletes in the NCAA to rank in the top-30 in both the 5,000m (17th) and 10,000m (27th). Moen, Crystal Nelson and Bethanie Brown each rank inside Iowa State’s all-time top-10 in the 5,000m
*Maggie Gannon ranks sixth in program history in the 1,500-meter run after notching a personal best of 4:22.16 at the Mt. SAC Relays.
*Mo Hrezi posted a time of 28:51.88 in the 10,000m at the Stanford Invitational, which is good for the sixth-best performance in Cyclone history.
*At 5 feet, 9.25 inches, Hannah Willms and Kelly McCoy are tied for the fifth-best mark in Iowa State history in the high jump, Willms setting the mark at the LSU Alumni Gold and McCoy at the Drake Relays.
*Colleen Riley set the program record in the 3,000m-steeplechase at the Drake Relays, crossing the line in 10:33.32.
*Kayla Sanborn has PR’d in three weight-throw competitions this year, culminating in a mark of 189’03” to rank sixth in ISU history.
*29 Iowa State student-athletes earned a total of 44 All-Big 12 honors at this year’s indoor conference championships. Iowa State won seven events at the Big 12 Indoor Championships, a total that was good for second in the conference (Texas).