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Cyclone Women Debut At No. 24 in USTFCCCA Poll

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Release: 01/28/2014
         
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NEW ORLEANS – The Iowa State women’s track and field team jumped into the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches’ Association’s national rankings this week. The Cyclones debut at No. 24 after the first full week of national competition.

The women’s team is powered by three athletes with All-America accolades in Christina Hillman (shot put), Ejiro Okoro (800m) and Ese Okoro (400m-hurdles).

Hillman, a two-time All-American, currently holds the top throw in the nation, with a hurl of 57-05.50 in the shot put. The Dover, Del., native placed in the top-5 at both last year’s NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Hillman holds a personal record of 58-00.50 in the event.

Ejiro Okoro notched fourth-place finish at the 2013 Big 12 Indoor Championships and finished seventh at the 2013 NCAA Indoor Track and Field championships with a 2:05.44. The mark is her best in indoor competition. Ejiro will be making her season debut this weekend at Iowa State’s Bill Bergan Invitational.

Ese Okoro brings strength to the Cyclones’ hurdles group and 400-meter squad. She holds personal-bests of 54.54 in the 400-meter dash and a 57.43 in the 400-meter hurdles. The Cyclone hurdler and her sister Ejiro both took home second-team All-America honors at the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Championships.

Hillman and the Okoro sisters are slated for action this weekend, as Iowa State hosts at the fifth-annual Bill Bergan Invitational.

Iowa State is the fourth-highest ranked program in the Big 12 conference behind No. 2 Texas, No. 10 Kansas and No. 19 Baylor. The Cyclones also feature returning talent including numerous All-Big 12 athletes and the Iowa State women’s cross country team, which finished 13th at the 2013 NCAA Championships.

To view the full USTFCCCA release, click here.

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