Cyclones Head To Tempe, Ariz. For Outdoor Opener
AMES, Iowa – The Iowa State men’s and women’s track and field teams are set to open the 2014 outdoor season this weekend at the Baldy Castillo Invitational. The meet is hosted by Arizona State University and will feature athletes from Air Force, Georgia, Kennesaw State, Kentucky, Long Beach State, Minnesota, North Dakota State and Oklahoma.
The Cyclones are coming off a very strong indoor slate that saw four student-athletes earn All-America recognition at the NCAA Indoor Championships. Ejiro Okoro (800m, 9th) and Cameron Ostrowski (high jump, 13th) each earned second-team honors, while Christina Hillman (shot put, 1st) and Edward Kemboi (800m, 2nd).
This past indoor season, the Iowa State saw 49 different athletes set personal records in their respective events, most breaking their previous marks multiple times over the season. Numerous spots fell on the Iowa State indoor all-time top-10 lists as 25 current Cyclones etched their name in the record books.
Five program records fell as Kendra White (400m), Ejiro Okoro (800m), Christina Hillman (shot put), the women’s distance medley relay team, and Edward Kemboi (800m) each knocked off the top marks in program history in their respective events. The women’s record-breaking DMR consisted of Perez Rotich (1,200m), Ese Okoro (400m), Ejiro Okoro (800m) and Bethanie Brown (mile).
Competition will begin on Friday at 12:00 p.m. CT with the men’s hammer throw. Running events will kick off at 7:30 p.m. with the men’s 1,500-meter run. The event will be held at Sun Angel Stadium.
*The Cyclones are coming off a very strong indoor slate, where 23 student-athletes
accounted for 25 new slots on Iowa State’s all-time top-10 indoor lists.
*49 Cyclone athletes set personal records this past indoor season, with most breaking their previous marks multiple times.
*This season, the Cyclones set ﬁve program records this past indoor season, with four
coming from the women’s team and one from the men’s.
*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 ﬁ ve program
*Hillman became the ﬁ rst Cyclone in program history to be crowned as national
champion in the shot put, earning ﬁ rst-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 ﬁ rst-team All-America status, notching a runner-up ﬁ nish 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 ﬁ fth-fastest collegiate time this year. Both marks were set at this year’s ISU
*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
*Kendra White holds the three fastest times in Iowa State indoor history in the
400-meter run at 54.11, 54.16 and 54.29, setting all three marks this season