Cyclones Head To Des Moines For Jim Duncan Invite
AMES, Iowa – Iowa State sprinters and hurdlers, along with a small group of women’s middle-distance runners will take the spotlight at this weekend’s Jim Duncan Invitational. The meet is hosted by Drake University and will be held at Drake Stadium on the Jim Duncan Track.
For several Cyclone student-athletes, the meet will be an outdoor debut, marking their first outdoor competition of the year and, for some, their career. On the men’s side, Jared Ingram, Ivan Tamba and Jacob Hoogensen will be competing at the event. Tamba and Hoogensen are both coming off of career performances at the Tiger Classic, both running to personal records in their respective events. Tyler Jermann will take to the track in the men's 5,000-meter run.
From the women’s team, a group of 10 student-athletes will take the stage. Sprinters Jessica Nichols, Emily Toennies and Britney Williams will each make their 2014 outdoor debuts. Hurdlers Kaci Storm and Bree Woelber are also slated for their first outdoor action.
Action is scheduled to begin Friday at 3:00 p.m. CT with the men’s high jump, with running events kicking off at 5:00 p.m. CT with the women’s 10,000-meter run.
2014 Cyclone Notebook
*The Cyclones have competed in three meets in this 2014 outdoor slate in the Baldy Castillo Invitational, Stanford Invitational and the Tiger Classic, notching 21 personal records by 18 different student-athletes.
*Ese Okoro posted the nation’s second-fastest time in the 400-meter hurdles at the Tiger Classic, breaking the tape in 56.78 seconds. Derek Jones currently holds the third fastest-time run by a freshman on 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. Through three outdoor meets, 11 different Cyclones have notched places on Iowa State’s all-time top-10 lists.
*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 and ranks fourth in outdoor history with a time of 53.83.