Eight Cyclones earn bids to NCAA Outdoor Championships


Photo: Dani Harris/Iowa State Daily

Edward Kemboi approches the last stretch of the 3,000-meter run Friday, May 13, at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Kemboi placed fifth in the event

Stephen Koenigsfeld

The ISU men’s and women’s track and field teams qualified eight athletes for the NCAA Outdoor Championships during the weekend. The Cyclones will have three men and five women competing for national honors. 

The first of the men to compete at Drake Stadium in June will be Edward Kemboi in the 800-meter run followed by teammate Ian Warner in the 100-meter dash. 

Cam Ostrowski — competing in his first outdoor season as a Cyclone — is one of 12 qualifiers for the high jump at the outdoor championships.

The first of the women to qualify this weekend were throwers Hayli Bozarth and Danielle Frere. Bozarth threw her personal best in the shot put with a throw of 52-9 1/4, which propelled her into a qualifying position.

Senior Kianna Elahi continued her outdoor season success with a bid to the national stage in the 400-meter hurdles. Elahi qualified in the first heat of the event Friday.

Teammate Ese Okoro waited and placed her bid just narrowly, as Okoro had to wait until the very end of the event to see if she would be going to Des Moines. 

Distance runner Meaghan Nelson punched her ticket to the NCAA Outdoor Championships with a sixth-place finish in her heat of the 10,000-meter run. This will be Nelson’s second appearance in the national spotlight this year.

The NCAA Outdoor Championships will take place at Drake Stadium June 6 to June 9 in Des Moines.