Cyclones Set For 105th Drake Relays
AMES, Iowa – Iowa State is set to compete at the state’s most prestigious track meet this week in the 105th annual Drake Relays. The Cyclones will be competing against top competition from around the nation.
Wednesday will mark the debut of Taylor Sanderson and Bree Woelber in multi-event competition. Sanderson and Woelber have both competed in individual events this year but will be seeing their first action in the decathlon and heptathlon, respectively.
Sanderson and Woelber will wrap up competition in the multis Thursday morning, as the meet moves onto individual events. Joe Gioielli is set to compete in the men’s 800-meter run and the women’s 4x1600m relay squad will look to defend its title from last year’s Relays. Last year’s squad of Maggie Gannon, Crystal Nelson, Dani Stack and Ejiro Okoro broke the tape in 19:16.69, a mark that is the second-fastest in program history.
In the evening session, Iowa State distance runners will take the track in the 10,000m and 5,000m runs. Taylor McDowell and Andrea Toppin are slated to represent the women in the 5,000m, as Anna Buenneke will take the track in the 10,000m. On the men’s side, Tyler Jermann is scheduled to compete in the 10,000-meter run.
Action will pick up Friday, as the Cyclones will see athletes compete in seven different events. First up will be Ryan Sander in the men’s 110-meter hurdles. Sander is coming off of a 14.39-second performance at the LSU Alumni Gold and holds a personal best of 14.33 in the event. Following Sander, Krista Shoeman will race in the women’s 400-meter hurdles.
In the afternoon and evening sessions, the Iowa State track focus will be on relay events. The Cyclones will look to put together strong 4x400m squads on both the men’s and women’s side, as well as a strong men’s 4x200m.
The afternoon session will also focus on the field events. Big 12 champion Cameron Ostrowski is scheduled to make his outdoor debut in the high jump, after being sidelined with an ankle injury up to this point in the season. Also competing Friday will be Christina Hillman (discus) and Mark Johnson (long jump).
The Iowa State men’s sprint medley team will take the track first on Saturday, shortly before Colleen Riley, Maddie Nagle and Andrea Toppin compete in the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase. Riley and Toppin currently rank No. 2 and No. 3 in program history in the event with marks of 10:42.71 and 10:43.78, respectively.
The men’s and women’s distance medley squads will look to put on a show for the instate crowd in the afternoon races. Derek Jones will get his first taste of the Drake Relays as a Cyclone in the 400-meter hurdles. Jones holds a personal best of 52.07 seconds in the event and ranks 10th in program history.
Hammer throwers Kayla Sanborn, Anna Holtermann and Henry Kelley will take the circle Saturday morning. All three rank on Iowa State’s all-time list, as Sanborn and Holtermann rank sixth and 10th on the women’s list and Kelley ranks sixth on the men’s.
In the women’s high jump, Hannah Willms and Kelly McCoy will be competing for the Drake Relays’ flag. Willms is coming off of a career performance at the LSU Alumni Gold, where she cleared an outdoor best of 5 feet, 9.25 inches. McCoy also holds a personal best of 5’8.75” in the event.
Jan Jeuschede is set to contend in the men’s shot put. Jeuschede holds a personal best of 60’9.75”, setting the mark at this year’s Big 12 indoor championships. Kevin Poster is also slated for the men’s triple jump, Saturday afternoon.
2014 Cyclone Notebook
*This season, the Cyclones have set five program records, with four coming from the women’s team and one from the men’s. Through five outdoor meets, 12 different Cyclones have notched places on Iowa State’s all-time top-10 lists.
*27 Cyclones currently on roster account for 32 total slots on Iowa State’s all-time top-10 outdoor lists.
*Through five outdoor meets, 25 different Cyclone student-athletes have notched a total of 35 personal records.
*Ese Okoro posted the nation’s third-fastest time in the 400-meter hurdles at the Tiger Classic, breaking the tape in 56.78 seconds. Okoro is one of just five athletes in the nation to run sub-57 seconds in the event.
*Three-time All-American Edward Kemboi made his outdoor debut at the Mt. SAC Relays, placing fifth overall and second among collegians in 1:46.14.
*Katy Moen is one of six student-athletes in the NCAA to rank in the top-30 in both the 5,000m (17th) and 10,000m (27th). Moen, Crystal Nelson and Bethanie Brown each rank inside Iowa State’s all-time top-10 in the 5,000m
*Maggie Gannon ranks sixth in program history in the 1,500-meter run after notching a personal best of 4:22.16 at the Mt. SAC Relays.
*Mo Hrezi posted a time of 28:51.88 in the 10,000m at the Stanford Invitational, which is good for the sixth-best performance in Cyclone history.
*At 5 feet, 9.25 inches, Hannah Willms holds the fifth-best mark in Iowa State history in the high jump, setting the mark at the LSU Alumni Gold meet.
*Kayla Sanborn has PR’d in three consecutive weight-throw competitions, culminating in a mark of 189’03” to rank sixth in ISU history.
*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).
*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.