Four Cyclones compete on first day of NCAA Championships


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Ejiro and Ese Okoro both came to Iowa State after attending school in London with high hopes and dreams after college.

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Four ISU track and field athletes competed in Eugene, Ore., on day one of the NCAA Outdoor Championships, and all four made statements in the opening round.

Senior Ejiro Okoro won her heat in the 800-meter preliminary, finishing with a time of 2 minutes, 4.28 seconds. Her time, the best of her career, is now the fourth-best 800-meter time in program history.

Okoro finished fourth overall in the event and will compete in the final June 13.

Senior Ese Okoro, Ejiro’s sister, sprinted her way to a spot in the 400-meter hurdle final on day one. She finished third in her heat with a personal best of 56.67 seconds. Ese finished fifth overall in the event and will compete in the final on June 13.

Ejiro and Ese also became the first sister duo to earn NCAA first-team All-American status in the same season.

Sophomore Jan Jeuschede finished 17th overall in the shot put June 11, throwing a distance of 61 feet, 6.75 inches. The German native became the first ISU athlete since 1999 to throw farther than 61 feet, and he now claims the fourth-best mark in program history.

Junior Edward Kemboi was the fourth and final ISU athlete to compete June 11. Kemboi finished third in his heat in the 800-meter run, coming in with a time of 1:49.68. He finished 15th overall in the event, earning second-team All-American honors.

Iowa State will continue to compete in the NCAA Championships through June 14.