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Iowa State To Host Bill Bergan Invitational

Courtesy: cyclones.com
Release: 01/29/2014
         
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AMES, Iowa – The Iowa State men’s and women’s track teams are set to host the fifth-annual Bill Bergan Invitational, this weekend. The event will kick off with the heptathlon on Thursday and the pentathlon on Friday. Running events will be competed on Saturday.

The Cyclone women are ranked 24th nationally and feature three athletes with All-America accolades in Christina Hillman (shot put), Ejiro Okoro (800m) and Ese Okoro (400m-hurdles). Hillman currently leads the nation in the shot put. The Cyclone thrower holds an indoor-best mark of 57’5.50”. All three student-athletes are slated for action this weekend, including Ejiro Okoro’s season debut in the 800-meter run.

On the men’s side, three individuals hold top-16 rankings in Edward Kemboi (1st), Cameron Ostrowski (13th) and Alex Dillenbeck (16th). Kemboi leads the nation in the 800-meter run after a strong showing at Penn State’s Nittany Lion Challenge earlier this season.

Ostrowski won the individual title at Iowa State’s Holiday Preview with best jump of 7’1.75”. The mark is Ostrowski’s best in indoor competition. Dillenbeck was impressive last weekend at Boston’s John Thomas Terrier Invitational. The Aurora, Colo., native ran a personal-best 4:03.96 in the mile, improving more than a full second over his previous mark.

The 2014 edition of the Bill Bergan Invitational will feature talent from Texas, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa State, North Dakota, North Dakota State, South Dakota, South Dakota State, Kansas State and Iowa.

Live results will be available through the Delta Timing Group. Click here to visit Delta’s schedule page.

Kemboi will look to improve on his performance at the Nittany Lion Challenge and defend his No. 1 ranking at the Penn State National Invitational, where he will compete against the nation’s top collegiate talent in the event.

Cyclone Notes:
* The Iowa State women are ranked No. 24, nationally.
* Christina Hillman is the national leader in the shot put with a top throw of 57-5.50.
* Ejiro Okoro will be making her season debut, Saturday, as she competes in the 800-meter run.
* Ed Kemboi holds the fastest 800-meter time in the nation, running a 1:48.14 at the Nittany Lion Challenge.
* Cameron Ostrowski is ranked 13th, nationally in the high jump.
* Alex Dillenbeck ran a 4:03.96 at the John Thomas Terrier Invitational, which is good for the 16th-best time in the nation this season.

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