Moen Wins 2nd Title; Okoro, Kemboi Crowned in Big 12 Finale
LUBBOCK, Texas – Iowa State junior Katy Moen captured her second title of the 2014 Big 12 Outdoor Track and Field Championships, taking the win in the 5,000-meter run. The Cyclones repeated their middle-distance success, sweeping the men’s and women’s 800-meter run titles as they did in the indoor conference championships. Edward Kemboi and Ejiro Okoro both found themselves atop the Big 12 podium after impressive victories.
Kemboi ran to his fourth conference title and his third 800m title, breaking the tape in 1:49.67. The Eldoret, Kenya, native took the win by nearly 10 meters largely in part to an impressive kick over the final 200 meters. Kemboi ran in the middle of the pack over the first 600m of the race before pulling away in the last half lap. Kemboi’s two conference outdoor titles in the 800m are tied for the most in program history with Joseph Chepsiror and Joseph Kiptanui. Kemboi is also the lone Cyclone to win the event in Big 12 history (1997-present).
Okoro’s race was a bit more dramatic, as the Birmingham, U.K., native ran in third coming down the home straightaway. The Cyclone senior opened up her stride over the last 50 meters and edged out the competition, taking the title in 2:08.88. Okoro’s title is the second of her career, as she defended her 2014 indoor conference title this evening. With the victory, Okoro becomes the fourth Cyclone to win the 800-meter title at the conference meet, joining Lenka Kalabova, Edith Nakiyingi and Debbie Vetter as the only Iowa State student-athletes to break the tape in the event. Okoro and Kalabova are the only to win the title in the Big 12 era.
After winning the 10,000-meter run title Friday evening, Moen took home the 5,000m title in similar fashion. Moen hung strong with the leaders until the final mile. It was a three-way battle between Moen, Baylor’s Rachel Johnson and Texas’ Olivia Mickle with three laps to go, when Moen made her move. The Fairbank, Iowa, native took the lead and led the rest of the way. Johnson would give chase, but Moen outkicked the Lady Bear over the final 200 meters to seal the victory. Moen joins Lisa Koll-Uhl as the only Cyclones in history to win both the 5,000m and 10,000m in the same championship event.
Samantha Bluske joined Moen on the podium, notching a fifth-place finish in the 5,000m. Bluske crossed the line in 17:25.92 to score four team points, giving the Cyclones multiple scoring athletes in both the 10K and 5K for the weekend.
Ese Okoro placed second in the women’s 400-meter hurdles behind Texas’ Danielle Dowie. The Cyclone senior crossed the line in 57.39 seconds to secure eight team points. Okoro and Dowie were neck and neck coming out of the final turn, but the Longhorn pulled away over the final two hurdles. With the performance, Okoro has now clocked sub-58 seconds in five of six races this season.
Two Cyclone high jumpers put on scoring performances in the afternoon session, as Kelly McCoy and Hannah Willms both earned places on the Big 12 podium. McCoy finished fourth in the competition, clearing the bar at 5’9.75” and equaling her career-best height in the event. Willms took sixth overall, notching a height of 5’7.25”. The Cyclone duo picked up seven team points in the competition.
Derek Jones dropped yet another personal record in the 400-meter hurdles, placing third in 51.03 seconds and notching his fourth PR of the season in the event. The time is one-half of a second faster than his previous mark that he set in yesterday’s prelims. At 51.03, Jones moves up to eighth on Iowa State’s all-time top-10 list in the event. Joining Jones on the Big 12 podium, Kris Brander placed seventh in the race, clocking a time of 53.61 seconds. The tandem notched eight team points in the effort.
Ryan Sander equaled his career best in the 110-meter hurdles, crossing the line in 14.17 seconds. Sander set the mark in yesterday’s prelims and placed eighth overall with the time this afternoon. Sander’s time is good for the seventh-fastest in program history.
Cameron Ostrowski placed third in the men’s high jump competition, clearing a height of 6’11”. The Burlington, Illinois, native passed the first two and cleared the next two heights on the way to the six-point performance.
Triple-jumper Kevin Poster took fifth in today’s competition. Poster notched a mark of 49’07.75” to earn a spot on the podium. The mark is good for his third-best in 2014.
The Iowa State women finished sixth in team competition, while the men finished ninth. In total, the Cyclones crowned five conference champions this weekend and notched 17 personal records.
800m (W): 1) Ejiro Okoro, Iowa State, 2:08.88
800m (M): 1) Edward Kemboi, Iowa State, 1:49.67
1,500m (W): 1) Marielle Hall, Texas, 4:20.82; 6) Perez Rotich, Iowa State, 4:39.11
5,000m (W): 1) Katy Moen, Iowa State, 17:01.04; 5) Samantha Bluske, Iowa State, 17:25.92; 15) Perez Rotich, I
owa State, 17:52.15; 16) Taylor McDowell, Iowa State, 17:55.94
5,000m (M): 1) Kennedy Kithuka, Texas Tech, 13:54.46; 8) Mohamed Hrezi, Iowa State, 14:54.89
110H: 1) Jordan Moore, TCU, 13.64; 8) Ryan Sander, Iowa State, 14.17
400H (W): 1) Danielle Dowie, Texas, 56.62; 2) Ese Okoro, Iowa State, 57.39
400H (M): 1) Michael Stigler, Kansas, 49.91; 3) Derek Jones, Iowa State, 51.03; 7) Kris Brander, Iowa State, 53.61
3,000S (W): 1) Rachel Johnson, Baylor, 10:11.79; 8) Colleen Riley, Iowa State, 11:21.49; 11) Andrea Toppin, Iowa State, 11:41.81
4x100m (W): 1) Texas, 43.54; 8) Iowa State, 48.31
4x400m (W): 1) Baylor, 3:30.75; 5) Iowa State, 3:38.45
4x400m (M): 1) Baylor, 3:06.24; 7) Iowa State, 3:13.13
High Jump (W): 1) Shanay Briscoe, Texas, 5’11.25”; 4) Kelly McCoy, Iowa State, 5’09.25”; 6) Hannah Willms, Iowa State, 5’07.25”
High Jump (M): 1) Bradley Adkins, Texas Tech, 7’03”; 3) Cameron Ostrowski, Iowa State, 6’11”
Triple Jump (M): 1) Devin Field, Kansas State, 52’11”; 5) Kevin Poster, Iowa State, 49’07.75”
Discus (W): 1) Jessica Maroszek, Kansas, 197’05”; 13) Christina Hillman, Iowa State, 140’10”
|1. Texas (149)||1. Texas Tech (160.5)|
|2. Baylor (113.5)||2. Texas (125)|
|3. Texas Tech (109.5)||3. Oklahoma State (96)|
|4. Kansas (100.5)||4. Baylor (93)|
|5. Kansas State (93)||5. Oklahoma (90)|
|6. Iowa State (83)||6. Kansas State (83)|
|7. Oklahoma State (54)||7. Kansas (67)|
|8. TCU (45)||8. TCU (51)|
|9. West Virginia (40.5)||9. Iowa State (50.5)|
|10. Oklahoma (30)|
Cyclone PRs (All Days)
*Kris Brander (400H): 52.65
*Anna Holtermann (HT): 180’06”
*Mark Johnson (LJ): 24’06.50”
*Derek Jones (400H): 51.63
*Derek Jones (400H): 51.03
*Kayla Sanborn (HT): 195’02”
*Ryan Sander (110H): 14.17
*Taylor Sanderson (100m): 11.27
*Taylor Sanderson (400m): 51.31
*Taylor Sanderson (LJ): 23’02”
*Taylor Sanderson (JT): 165’03”
*Taylor Sanderson (1,500m): 4:42.23
*Taylor Sanderson (Dec): 6,925
*Bree Woelber (Hep): 5,058
*Bree Woelber (100H): 14.27
*Bree Woelber (200m): 25.90