No. 12 Cyclones have successful showing in New York


Photos: Jordan Maurice/Iowa State Daily

Eseroghene Okoro and Kianna Elahi compete in the women’s 400-meter dash at the Bill Bergan Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 28, at Lied Recreation. Elahi took first place with a time of 54.62 seconds, with Okoro taking a close second with 55.18 seconds. 

Stephen Koenigsfeld

The No. 12 ISU women’s track team came away from the New Balance Invitational on Saturday with four personal records and two runner-up showings.

Iowa State placed second in the women’s College Division 4-x-400 meter relay with a time of 3:34.49 — the best so far this season by the relay squad.

The relay also shocked tough teams such as George Mason, Duke, Connecticut and Clemson. The Cyclones’ time was the second-best in their heat, as well as second-best in the finals, and managed to beat out those championship contenders.

In longer distance, Ejiro Okoro finished third in her heat of the 1,000-meter championship. Okoro’s time of 2:52.90 was enough for a 10th-place finish overall in the finals. Okoro ran seventh for 500 meters of the race until a 100-meter push at the end landed her in third.

Redshirt freshman Morgan Casey won her heat of the mile run Championship Division. Casey made her debut at the New Balance Collegiate Invite with a time of 4:52.48 and finished 14th overall.

The women will continue to compete for NCAA Indoor Championship qualifying times and against conference foes this weekend at the Iowa State Classic starting Thursday at the Lied Recreation Athletic Center.