Moen, Hillman, Jeuschede Punch Tickets To Eugene
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Three Cyclone student-athletes punched their tickets to the NCAA Championships Thursday, as Katy Moen, Christina Hillman and Jan Jeuschede each posted qualifying marks in their respective events. Six more Cyclones qualified for the finals in their events on Day 1 of the NCAA West Preliminaries.
Hillman put on a strong performance in the shot put, throwing a mark of 57 feet to take the event title. Hillman posted the mark on her first attempt, a distance that proved to be more than enough, as she out-threw the competition by over 6 inches en route to the victory. The mark is her second-best of the season, only bettering the distance at the Big 12 Championships. The Dover, Delaware, native will likely enter the Championships with the No. 4 overall ranking, and will look to defend her national title from this past indoor season.
Moen ran away from the field in the final 800 meters to win the women’s 10,000-meter run. The race was highly tactical, with no more than 5 seconds separating first place from 20th for the first 20 laps of the race. It wasn’t until the final 10 laps until the lead pack began to separate itself from the group, and Moen held pace. As the laps ticked down, more and more runners fell back. Over the final 400 meters, Moen built a 15-meter gap and broke the tape in 34:02.98.
With the victory, Moen has now won three consecutive races, dating back to the Big 12 Championships. The Cyclone junior took down national standouts in Boise State’s Emma Bates, Arizona’s Elvin Kibet, Washington’s Megan Goethals and Lindsay Flanagan and Texas’ Olivia Mickle in tonight's race.
Jan Jeuschede was the first Cyclone to punch a ticket to the NCAA Championships, notching a ninth-place finish in the shot put. Jeuschede threw a mark of 60 feet, 8 inches to earn the qualifying spot, hitting the mark on his first throw of competition. The mark is just 1.5 inches off of his career best in the event.
The Rosrath, Germany, will become the first Cyclone shot putter to compete in the NCAA Championships since 2000 (Jamie Beyer). With his appearance at the outdoor nationals, Jeuschede will become the sixth Cyclone in program history to earn All-America recognition in the shot put.
The Cyclone 800-meter runners were strong this evening, as both Ejiro Okoro and Edward Kemboi posted auto-qualifying marks in their heats. Kemboi and Okoro both won their heats in similar manner, biding their time and running in the middle of the pack until the final 200 meters. With 200m to go, the Cyclone standouts opened up their strides and cruised to victory, each winning comfortably and advancing to tomorrow’s regional final.
Derek Jones and Ese Okoro both advanced to the regional finals in the 400-meter hurdles. On the women’s side, Okoro clocked the fifth-fastest overall time, crossing the line in 57.69 seconds. The Cyclone senior took first in her heat, and was one of seven student-athletes in the competition to run sub-58. Needing to finish in the top-12 in the finals, Okoro will have her sights set on Eugene, Oregon, and a spot at the national championships.
On the men’s side, Jones nabbed the final qualifying spot for Friday’s final. The Glenwood, Iowa, native posted a time of 51.66 seconds, which is good for his third-fastest mark of the year. Jones has posted an altitude time of 51.03 this season, and he will look to equal that performance to earn a spot at the NCAA Championships.
Maggie Gannon took fifth in her heat of the women’s 1,500-meter run to secure an automatic-qualifying spot in the regional final. Gannon clocked a time of 4:24.27 in the race, using a strong final 800m in the performance to pass several competitors. She will compete Saturday in the event final.
Kendra White clocked a personal record in the 400-meter dash. The St. Louis, Missouri, native crossed the line in 53.52 seconds, taking fifth in her heat. The time breaks her previous PR by just over 3 tenths of a second (53.83) and improves her fourth-place standing on the program’s all-time top-10 list.
The Cyclones will be back in action tomorrow at John McDonnell Field for Day 2 of the NCAA West Prelims, as Ryan Sander will kick things off at 5:00 p.m. CT in the 110-meter hurdles.
*Kendra White (400m): 53.52
West Prelim Results
400m (W): 1) Phyllis Francis, Oregon, 51.92; 24) Kendra White, Iowa State, 53.52
800m (W): 1) Amy Weissenbach, Stanford, 2:05.87; 23) Ejiro Okoro, Iowa State, 2:09.51
800m (M): 1) Nick Hartle, UCLA, 1:48.70; 32) Edward Kemboi, Iowa State, 1:52.24
1500m (W): 1) Stephanie Brown, Arkansas, 4:20.73; 26) Maggie Gannon, Iowa State, 4:24.27
10,000m (W): 1) Katy Moen, Iowa State, 34:02.98; 17) Samantha Bluske, Iowa State, 35:04.33
10,000m (M): 1) Kennedy Kithuka, Texas Tech, 29:05.77; -- Mohamed Hrezi, Iowa State, DNF
400H (W): 1) Michael Stigler, Kansas, 49.84; 24) Derek Jones, Iowa State, 51.66
400H (M): 1) Janeil Bellille, Texas A&M, 57.00; 5) Ese Okoro, Iowa State, 57.69
Shot Put (W): 1) Christina Hillman, Iowa State, 57’00”
Shot Put (M): 1) Ryan Crouser, Texas, 66’11.25”; 9) Jan Jeuschede, Iowa State, 60’08”
Long Jump (M): 1) Raymond Higgs, Arkansas, 25’06”; 37) Mark Johnson, Iowa State, 23’01.25”