Moen Crowned, Throwers Showcased In Big 12 Opener
LUBBOCK, Texas – Iowa State junior Katy Moen captured the Cyclones’ first title of the 2014 Big 12 Outdoor Track and Field Championships this evening. Moen became the fourth Cyclone in conference history to win the 10,000-meter run. With the Cyclones' strong showing in the 10,000m and hammer throw, the women have the lead in the team race at the end of Day 1.
Moen bided her time in the race, as the early sections were very strategic and runners felt out the competition. With about 1600 meters to go, Moen made her move. Lap by lap, the Fairbank, Iowa, native increased her lead, building a gap between her and West Virginia’s Allison Lasnicki. She would go on to win the race by nearly 20 seconds over the competition. Joining Moen on the Big 12 podium, Samantha Bluske and Bethanie Brown both notched scoring efforts for the Cyclones. Bluske finished third overall with a time of 35:32.34, and Brown took seventh, crossing the line in 36:12.50.
Moen joins Lisa Koll, Meaghan Nelson and Bonnie Sons as the only Cyclones to capture the conference 10,000-meter title.
In the women’s hammer throw, both Kayla Sanborn and Anna Holtermann worked their way onto the podium, placing third and eighth. The Cyclone throwers notched personal records on the day, as Sanborn threw a distance of 195 feet, 2 inches and Holtermann hit a mark of 180’06”. With the performances, Sanborn and Holtermann move into fourth and ninth all-time in Iowa State hammer throw history. Both throwers accomplished their marks on their final throw of competition.
On the men’s side, Henry Kelley notched a fourth-place finish in the hammer. Kelley made the finals on a throw of 183’07”. In the finals, the Waukee, Iowa, native improved his mark to 185’03” to seal fourth in the competition.
In the men’s 10,000-meter run, senior Mohamed Hrezi took seventh. Hrezi ran towards the back of the pack over the opening laps, but picked off competitors throughout the race leading up to the bell lap. In the final lap, Hrezi held place, crossing the line in 30:34.34.
Bree Woelber is in seventh after the first four events of the heptathlon, notching two personal records on Day 1 of the event. Woelber took fourth overall in the 100-meter hurdles, tying her personal record of 14.27 seconds. She then lowered her 200m PR for the second time this season, crossing the line in 25.90 seconds.
In men’s multi-event competition, Taylor Sanderson ended the day in fifth place. Sanderson notched a personal-best time in the 100-meter dash, taking second in 11.27 seconds. Sanderson holds a career-best of 6,042 points in the decathlon. The Bondurant, Iowa, native closed out the day with a third PR in the 400-meter dash, crossing the line in 51.31 seconds.
Sanderson and Woelber will wrap up multi-event competition tomorrow afternoon.
10,000m (W): 1) Katy Moen, Iowa State, 35:06.54; 3) Samantha Bluske, Iowa State, 35:32.34; 7) Bethanie Brown, Iowa State, 36:12.50
10,000m (M): 1) Kennedy Kithuka, Texas Tech, 28:48.04; 7) Mohamed Hrezi, Iowa State, 30:34.34; 17) Tyler Jermann, Iowa State, 32:13.88
Heptathlon: 1) Lindsay Vollmer, Kansas, 3,597; 7) Bree Woelber, Iowa State, 3,067
Decathlon: 1) Devin Dick, Kansas State, 4,122; 5) Taylor Sanderson ,Iowa State, 3681
Hammer Throw (W): 1) Sara Savatovic, Kansas State, 199’06”; 3) Kayla Sanborn, Iowa State, 195’02”; 8) Anna Holtermann, Iowa State, 180’06”
Hammer Throw (M): 1) Nick Miller, Oklahoma State, 244’00”; 4) Henry Kelley, Iowa State, 185’03”
*Kayla Sanborn (HT): 195’02”
*Anna Holtermann (HT): 180’06”
*Bree Woelber (100H): 14.27
*Bree Woelber (200m): 25.90
*Taylor Sanderson (100m): 11.27
*Taylor Sanderson (400m): 51.31
*Taylor Sanderson (LJ): 23'02"