Track and field compete at NCAA Championships


Photo: Jonathan Krueger/Iowa State Daily

Senior Dani Stack runs her leg during the women’s distance medley at the Drake Relays on April 27, 2013, at Drake Stadium. Moments after, Stack was passed by Minnesota and finished in third with a time of 11:12.92.

Beau Berkley

For ISU track and field, months of competition have boiled down to four days.

Eight Cyclones will compete at the NCAA Championships June-5-8 in Eugene, Ore. The squad is comprised of six runners and two throwers.

Leading the way for the Cyclones is senior Betsy Saina. Saina won the 10,000-meter race at the NCAA West Regional with a time of 34:52.34 and also qualified for the 5,000-meter race.

Saina is joined in the 10,000-meter by fellow seniors Meaghan Nelson and Dani Stack. Nelson finished in ninth place while Stack became the final qualifier as she crossed the line in 12th place.

The Okoro sisters, Ejiro and Ese, will also see action for the Cyclones. Ese will compete in the 400-meter hurdles after her seventh place finish at the NCAA West Regional, while Ejiro will compete in the 800-meter race.

On the men’s side, senior Mohamed Hrezi was the lone qualifier for track. Hrezi will compete in in the men’s 10K after qualifying in 10th place at the NCAA West Regionals.

Representing the throwers will be two first time qualifiers. Sophomore Christina Hillman will compete in women’s shot put and freshman Jan Jeuschede will compete in the men’s shot put.

The first event of the NCAA Championships, the women’s 4X100 relay, is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. PST., on Wednesday.