Cyclones compete at Olympic Trials, will travel to London


Iowa State’s Ian Warner and Washington’s James Alaka participate in the 100-meter dash. Warner placed fifth in his heat Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at Drake Stadium. 

Stephen Koenigsfeld

It was a busy week across the country for Cyclone athletes. Olympic Trials were underway in towns such as Eugene, Ore., and Omaha, Neb.

Earlier this week, former Cyclone Lisa Uhl qualified for the 2012 London Olympic Games in the 10,000-meter run. Uhl will be competing in her first Olympic games.

Also, in the same 10,000-meter run, current Cyclone Meaghan Nelson competed and placed 12th. Nelson said before heading out to the trials in Eugene that she was looking forward to the experience of running with some of the best athletes in the country.

Closer to the Midwest, swimmer Imelda Wistey competed in the 100-meter breaststroke in Omaha at the swimming and diving Olympic Trials. Wistey finished 62nd out of 153 competitors. 

On Thursday, Uhl was back on the track trying to double-down at this year’s summer games. This time, Uhl was racing for a spot in the 5,000-meter run. 

Uhl finished sixth, just missing the qualifying spot by three positions. 

On Friday, senior Kianna Elahi finished out her season with an appearance in the 400-meter hurdles. Elahi placed 21st overall with a time of 58.52.

Also competing in Canada, sprinter Ian Warner capped off the week for the Cyclones at the Canadian Olympic Trials in the 100-meter dash. Warner placed second overall with a time of 10.20 and will represent the Cyclones and Canada in London.