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Cyclones Split to Stanford Invite & Tiger Track Classic

Release: 04/03/2014
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AMES, Iowa – The Iowa State men’s and women’s track and field teams will be splitting athletes this weekend at the Stanford Invitational and at the Tiger Track Classic. The meets will mark the Cyclones’ first competition since the Baldy Castillo Invitational.

Stanford Invitational
The Stanford Invitational has been a mainstay in the Iowa State outdoor schedule over the years. Members of the women’s middle-distance and distance crew will be heading to the meet looking to post NCAA-regional qualifying marks. The Cyclone women will have athletes competing in the 800m, 1500m and 5000m.

From the men’s team, Mohamed Hrezi will be the lone Cyclone entry, as the 2013 cross country All-American will look to notch a strong time in the men’s 10K. The race will feature some of the nation’s best long-distance runners.

The 2014 Stanford Invitational will be held at Cobb Track and Angell Field and will be available online to Flotrack Pro subscribers. In total, around 3,300 athletes from across the country are slated for competition at the event.

Tiger Track Classic
The Cyclones will also send a large group of athletes south to compete at Auburn’s Tiger Track Classic. The meet will feature athletes from numerous athletic conferences and will be held at the Hutsell-Rosen Track.

Four athletes have already set personal-best marks this season in Henry Kelley (WT), Kayla Sanborn (WT), Derek Jones (400H) and Kevin Poster (TJ). Kelley (9th) and Sanborn (8th) both notched slots on Iowa State’s all-time top-10 lists in the weight throw.

Senior hurdler Ese Okoro currently holds the world’s 11th-fastest mark in the 400-meter hurdles after posting a 57.77 second mark at the Baldy Castillo Invitational. The performance ranks Okoro fourth in the NCAA this season. At 52.07 seconds, Jones is ranked No. 19 nationally in the men’s 400-meter hurdles and holds the second-fastest time by a freshman this season.

Following the Cyclones
Be sure to follow all of this weekend’s action via social media. Cyclone performances will be reported via the @CycloneTrackXC twitter handle and through Iowa State’s Facebook page. Links for live results and meet schedules are attached in the ‘Related Links’ section of this article.

Cyclone Notebook
*The Cyclones opened the outdoor season at the Baldy Castillo Invitational in Tempe, Ariz., where the team set four personal records and notched three all-time top-10 performances. Iowa State is coming off a very strong indoor slate, where 23 student-athletes accounted for 25 new slots on Iowa State’s all-time top-10 indoor lists.
*Ese Okoro posted the nation’s fastest time in the 400-meter hurdles at Baldy Castillo, breaking the tape in 57.77 seconds. Derek Jones is currently ranked 7th nationally in the men’s side of the event at 52.07.
*This season, the Cyclones have set five program records, with four coming from the women’s team and one from the men’s.
*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).
*Edward Kemboi, Christina Hillman, Ejiro Okoro and Cameron Ostrowski currently account for 18 spots on Iowa State’s all-time top-10 indoor list, including five program records.
*Hillman became the first Cyclone in program history to be crowned as national champion in the shot put, earning first-team All-America recognition and marking the third consecutive year Iowa State has had an indoor national champion.
*Hillman is Iowa State’s record holder in the shot put with a mark of 59 feet, 6.75 inches, setting the mark at this year’s NCAA Indoor Championships.
*Kemboi also garnered first-team All-America status, notching a runner-up finish at the NCAA Championships and crossing the line in 1:48.54.
*Kemboi and Okoro are both program record holders in the 800m. Kemboi’s mark stands at 1:45.98 and is the seventh-fastest time in the world this year. Okoro’s mark is currently the fifth-fastest collegiate time this year. Both marks were set at this year’s ISU Classic.
*Ostrowski ranks second in Iowa State indoor history in the high jump. The Burlington, Ill., native cleared a personal-best height of 7’3.75” at the Big 12 Championships.
*The Iowa State women’s distance medley relay team just missed this year’s NCAA Championships after posting the three fastest indoor times in program history, each with a different lineup.
*Kendra White holds the three fastest times in Iowa State indoor history in the 400-meter run at 54.11, 54.16 and 54.29, setting all three marks this season.

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