Moen grabs spotlight on first day of Big 12 Outdoor Track and Field Championships


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Katy Moen, junior distance runner, gets ready to run on Feb. 14 at Lied Recreation Center.

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Redshirt junior Katy Moen left the Big 12 elite in her dust May 16, claiming the top spot in the 10,000-meter run to earn Iowa State its first title of the Big 12 Outdoor Championships.

Fellow distance runners redshirt senior Samantha Bluske and freshman Bethanie Brown each placed in the event, claiming third and seventh respectively and adding to Iowa State’s team point total.

Redshirt junior Kayla Sanborn took third place in the hammer throw and redshirt junior Anna Holtermann finished in eighth. Each eclipsed her personal best in the event.

Junior Bree Woelber ended the day in seventh place in the heptathlon, with more events to follow throughout the weekend.

On the men’s side, redshirt junior Henry Kelley tallied points for the Cyclones in the hammer throw, placing fourth.

Other notable performances on the men’s side came from redshirt senior senior Mohamed Hrezi, who placed seventh in the 10,000-meter run, and redshirt sophomore Taylor Sanderson, who sits in fifth place in the decathlon after the first day of competition.

Iowa State will hit the track again May 17 in Lubbock, Texas, for the second day of the Big 12 Outdoor Track and Field Championships.