Sprinters lead Cyclones at Sun Angel Classic


Photo: Yanhua Huang/ Iowa State Daily

Nick Efkamp, sophomore, won the men’s 400-meter dash with final time of 46.75 seconds. The ISU Open was held in the Lied Recreational Center on Saturday, Jan. 19.

Isaac Copley

Thus far, the sprinters for the ISU men’s track and field team have gotten off to an especially fast start to the 2013 outdoor season.

Ian Warner, Ryan Sander and Nick Efkamp, among others, competed at the Sun Angel Classic in sprinting events this weekend.

Efkamp thinks the Cyclones have a talented group of sprinters and expects the group to accomplish many things this season.

“Our sprints group has really stepped up this season for our whole team. Ian is a great leader and he has really rubbed off on Ryan and I to step up and lead too,” Efkamp said. “We aren’t where we want to be yet, but for this time of the year we are okay with that.”

Warner finished third in the 100-meter dash premiere event with a time of 10.50 seconds. Sander finished sixth in the 110-meter hurdles recording a time of 14.55 seconds and junior Greg Kufahl finished eighth in the 400-meter dash.

Warner, Efkamp and Ivan Tamba competed in the premiere heat of the 200-meter dash. Efkamp finished seventh with a time of 21.19 seconds, Warner finished 10th and Tamba finished 13th.

The Cyclones competed in the 4×100-meter relay and the 4×400-meter relay. The 4×100 team, compromised of Efkamp, Warner, Sander and Tamba, did not finish, while the 4×400 relay team, compromised of Efkamp, Kufahl, Tamba and Russell Acton, finished fourth — eight seconds off of the first-place finish by the 4×400 relay team from Kansas.

“I think we’ve gotten some things accomplished on both the men’s and women’s side. Some good things happen and some not so good things happen,” said coach Corey Ihmels.

Freshman shot-putter Jan Jeuschede finished third in the premiere division of the shot put with a best throw of 59-02.00 feet.