ISU Open held bright spots for women


Photo: Chenyan Shan/ Iowa State Daily

Dani Stack, senior in dietetics, finished third with a time of 4:49.30 in the women’s one mile run on Saturday at the ISU Open.

Isaac Hunt

With one week under its belt, the ISU women’s track and field team still has a lot to look forward to.

At the ISU Open this past weekend, the team did not do anything unexpected by the coaches.

“I think anytime you open up your season, you are going to have really good things and not so good things,” said ISU coach Corey Ihmels.

On Friday the women’s distance medley relay team broke a record that has stood for more than three decades, giving its members a boost in confidence.

“Anytime you can break a 31-year-old school record, it’s a good day,” Ihmels said. “The women came out and smashed that school record and ran very well for their first time out. It was good to start off the meet on a positive note.”

A Cyclone team that is known for its distance had some good results on the field as well, placing both top two spots in high jump, top three spots in shot put and places first, third, fifth and sixth in the weight throw.

“I think our throws group is as good as our distance group,” Ihmels said. “There is a lot of talent in that group. Just like the distance group expects to get to conference and score a bunch of points, our throwers think the same thing. It’s as good of a group as you’re going to find.”

Assistant coach Pete Herber, who coached Kelly Hering to first place in high jump, said he did not expect much from his group Saturday.

“We’re just beat up training-wise from the last couple of weeks,” Herber said. “We knew we weren’t going to be sharp and it wasn’t going to be our best performance of this weekend.”

Herber went on to say his team executed well and did what their bodies allowed.

After the meet, some were glad to get a notch in this season’s belt. Senior Dani Stack said it was good to get the first race out of the way.

“It’s out of the way and you can get back on the track,” Stack said. “It’s a good starting point; knowing where I am at now is kind of motivating for where I can be the rest of the season. I am kind of antsy to get back on the track again and keep improving.”

Stack sees good things ahead for this team, giving praise to her teammates’ hard work.

“It is apparent people have been putting in the work over winter break,” Stack said. “That’s always kind of a big if. It’s exciting for us; if people can get it together, we have a shot at winning the Big 12.”