Cyclone Women Jump To No. 18 In USTFCCCA Poll
NEW ORLEANS – The Iowa State women’s track and field team is back in the national rankings after a strong performance at the ISU Classic. The Cyclones come in at No. 18 in the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association poll (USTFCCCA), marking their highest ranking this season.
The women’s team features several program record holders, as well as three All-Americans in Christina Hillman (shot put), Ejiro Okoro (800m) and her twin sister Ese Okoro (400m-hurdles). Hillman has competed four times this season, finishing first in each competition. The two-time All-American is currently ranked No. 1 nationally with a top mark of 57’5.5” and is headed to the USA Indoor Championships this weekend.
Ejiro Okoro set the program’s fastest time in the 800-meter run this past weekend, clocking in at 2:03.91. The Birmingham, England, native broke the previous record held by two-time NCAA champion and seven-time All-American Edith Nakiyingi set back in 1991 (2:04.84).
Ese is one of Iowa State’s top 400m runners and held the program record at 54.54 seconds until this year’s Bill Bergan Invitational. Both Okoro’s were a part of Iowa State’s record-breaking distance medley relay squad, which crossed the line in 1:11:93, over 1.5 seconds ahead of the previous mark set last season. The relay (Perez Rotich, Es. Okoro, Ej. Okoro, Bethanie Brown) broke the record on Feb. 8, at the Armory Collegiate Invitational.
The Cyclones also feature Kendra White, who is the current 400-meter dash record holder. White posted the program’s fastest quarter mile at the Bergan Invite, finishing third overall in 54.11 seconds. White has also competed one the women’s DMR squad, running the 400m leg of the relay.
This season, the Iowa state women have notched 10 performances that rank inside the program’s top-10 all-time list.