Track, field team is set for annual Iowa State Classic


Photo: Jessica Langr/Iowa State Daily

Edward Kemboi, redshirt junior, rounds a turn in the men’s 4×400-meter relay on Feb. 9 at Lied Recreation Athletic Center. The men’s ISU 4×400 team finished in fourth place with a time of 3:12.39.

Kyle Kubiak

More than 50 college teams will be flocking Lied Recreation Center this weekend for the Iowa State Classic. Friday and Saturday will mark the 23rd time Iowa State has hosted this event.

The field of teams will feature 16 conferences and over 100 All-Americans hailing from the Big 12, Big Ten, SEC, ACC, Ivy League, Mountain West, Big East, ECAC, Sun Belt, American, Southern, Big Sky, Missouri Valley, WAC, Summit League and Ohio Valley conferences.

The Cyclones having been waiting for the opportunity to build off last weekend’s meet in Lincoln, Neb., this time in front of the home crowd. The majority of the athletes will be competing to qualify for the NCAA Indoor Championships in Albuquerque, N.M. on March 14 and 15.

High jumper Cameron Ostrowski will be hoping to build off his fourth place finish from last weekend. He currently holds the best jump going into the weekend at 7’1.75”.

All-American and reigning 800m Big-12 champion Ed Kemboi will be running for the first time at home this season, while redshirt senior Mohamed Hrezi, will be making his season debut. He is coming off an NCAA All-American cross country season.

Kemboi will be entering the field to hold the pace in the 800m. He has run as fast as 1:48.14 earlier this season and achieved a personal best of 1:46.06 and is currently ranked 6th nationally.

Martin Smith, director of men’s and women’s track and field , and the team were unavailable to talk to media this week.

Field events are tentatively scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. with the preliminary running events set to follow at 12 p.m. Friday. All events will be held at Lied Recreation Center.