Kemboi and Elahi Are Official All-Amercians
DES MOINES, Iowa - You can add the name Kianna Elahi to the All-America Wall at Jack Trice Stadium. In addition, add 2012 to the plaque of Edward Kemboi. Kemboi raced to a fifth-place in the 800-meter run and Elahi placed seventh in the 400-meter hurdle final to highlight Iowa State's Friday at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship in Drake Stadium.
Kemboi sat back in the first 100 meters of the 800 final, but sensing a fast pace by the rapidly moving pack of leaders, surged back to a mid-pack position. In the mad dash for home, first across the finish line was Charles Jock of UC-Irvine, who won in 1:45.95. Kemboi was fifth for the second straight season, finishing in 1:46.20.
"I love my kick but today everyone went out fast," Kemboi said. "I have run against these guys several times, including in last year's final. I was forced to the outside coming off the final turn and that made me have to run a little more to get where I wanted to be. I was happy but I know I could have run a better race."
Elahi placed seventh, finishing the 400-meter hurdles in 56.93.
"While it wasn't my best race, I still appreciate the opportunities God and given me," Elahi said. "I appreciate the chance I have been given and I'm thankful for all that has happened to me at Iowa State."
Elahi, who earned a Big 12 Conference Postgraduate Scholarship Friday,will run in the Olympic Trials later this month and then head for Minnesota for graduate school in biomedical studies.
Cyclone shot putter Danielle Frere placed 10th with a throw of 54-7, a personal best.
Men's 800 meters
1. Charles Jock, UC-Irvine, 1:45.95; 5. EDWARD KEMBOI, IOWA STATE, 1:46.20;
Women's 400-meter hurdles
1. Cassandra Tate, LSU, 55.22; 7. KIANNA ELAHI, 56.93
Women's Shot Put
1. Tia Brooks, Oklahoma, 60-6; 10. DANIELLE FRERE, IOWA STATE, 54-7