Three more Cyclones qualify for NCAA track and field championships

Ryan Young

ISU track and field earned three more bids to the NCAA Championships on the second day of the west regional meet, with one Cyclone winning a regional title.

Edward Kemboi finished first overall in the 800-meter run, coming in with a time of 1 minute, 47.4 seconds. This is just the second time this season when Kemboi has been able to finish under 1:48.

On the women’s side, sisters Ejiro and Ese Okoro both qualified for the NCAA Championships. Ejiro took third in her heat of the women’s 800-meter run, finishing seventh overall. Ese also finished third in her heat of the 400-meter hurdles, finishing sixth overall. Ese finished just under 58 seconds, marking the third-fastest time in her career.

Freshman Derek Jones continued to impress this weekend, placing in seventh in his heat of the 400-meter hurdles. Jones ran a time of 51.54, the second fastest of his career. He finished 20th overall in the event.

Junior Kendra White finished 17th overall in the 400-meter dash, coming in with a time of 53.9 seconds. White, who set her personal best of 53.52 seconds in yesterday’s preliminary round, now ranks fourth on Iowa State’s all-time top 10 list.

Day three of the NCAA West Regional meet will start at 6:00 p.m. May 31.