Beach Invite last stop on Cyclones’ weekend tour of California

Dylan Montz

The ISU men’s track and field team will have perhaps one of its busiest weekends of the season as the team has the Mt. SAC Relays, the Bryan Clay Invitational and the Beach Invitational.

The Beach Invitational, hosted in Cerritos, Calif., will be the last stop for the Cyclones. Sprints coach Nate Wiens said this weekend will be a competitive one for his runners and they will hope to have great marks every day as well.

Wiens also said senior Ian Warner may compete Saturday, depending on how he performs on Friday and that he is really performing at a high level right now.

“Every time he hits the track he runs faster,” Wiens said of Warner. “So we’re not going to mess up the progression of what he’s doing. He’s really on fire right now and really figuring out a lot of things, and it’s really fun to have an athlete that comes into their own and get’s that kind of thing.”

Coach Corey Ihmels said, while the trip to California may be a logistical nightmare, it is still a fun trip to take with almost the whole team able to go and, with the exception of the distance runners, able to run more than once.

“It’s a great weekend for us,” Ihmels said. “It’s maybe a little unfortunate that it’s the weekend before Drake [Relays] with a big weekend like this, but it’s just one of those opportunities that is just hard to pass up because there is so many good things that come out of it.”

Ihmels also said these last few weeks leading up to the Big 12 Conference meet will be important for the team to prepare and get in all of the workouts that they need to be successful.

“The distance group had a great meet at Stanford and hopefully that can continue this weekend,” Ihmels said. “I thought the rest of the groups — throws, jumps and sprints — I thought we came out of the gun really well at that first Arizona State meet and maybe didn’t make as much progress at that second meet. I think this will be a big weekend for us to kind of see where we’re at.”

The Beach Invite will be Saturday in Cerritos, Calif.