Four hurdlers create chemistry, become close friends

Kianna Elahi and Ese Okoro both will compete in the 400-meter hurdles during the NCAA Track and Field Championships next week. Kianna goes into the championship ranked 10th with a time of 57.34 seconds, and Ese is ranked 21st with a time of 58.10 seconds.

Stephen Koenigsfeld

As the outdoor season winds down, so does the number of ISU track and field athletes. But they continue to train and progress into the final meets of the year.

For four hurdlers, the post-season has been a little more special this year.

Kianna Elahi, Ese Okoro, Donnise Powell and Krista Shoeman all punched their tickets to the NCAA West Regionals earlier in May. The four represented the only school with more than two athletes in a single event.

As of now, only Elahi and Okoro remain on the track as they begin to prepare for the NCAA Outdoor Championships set to take place next week at Drake Stadium in Des Moines. 

Both athletes will be competing for the 400-meter hurdle crown, as well as using the meet to boost preparation for the U.S. and London Olympic Trials.

For more on the four hurdlers and how they have grown closer throughout the season, check back to the Daily on June 5 for an updated feature.