Lagat advances to 800m final, several Cyclones earn honors at NCAA Men’s Track and Field Championships


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Iowa State’s Festus Lagat runs the first leg of the men’s distance medley during the last day of the Drake Relays in Des Moines on April 28, 2018. Lagat and the Cyclones finished with a time of 9:42.95.

Sam Stuve

In day one of the Men’s NCAA Men’s Track and Field Championships in Austin, Texas, Iowa State Senior Festus Lagat placed fifth out of 24 runners with a time of 1:47.54 in the 800-meter run preliminary round, which earned him a spot in the finals on Friday at 8:44 p.m. 

In each event, only eight athletes or teams advance to the finals. 

The Cyclones had another athlete in the 800-meter run, junior Roshon Roomes, who ran a 2:01.82, which was last among the other runners, earning him a spot as an Honorable Mention All-American

Four other athletes from Iowa State competed on Wednesday in sophomore Charlie Johnson and seniors Eric Fogltanz, Ben Kelly and Vlad Pavlenko.

Fogltanz, Johnson, Kelly and Roomes ran for Iowa State in the 4×400-meter relay and placed 14th out of 24 teams and earned Second Team All-American Honors.

Fogltanz also ran in the 400-meter hurdles and placed 21st out of 24 runners which earned him an Honorable Mention All-American honor in the event.

Pavlenko threw in the men’s hammer throw and placed 17th, which also earned him an Honorable Mention All-American honor.

Along with having Lagat running in the 800-meter race on Friday, the Iowa State men will have junior Edwin Kurgat running in the 5,000- meter race at 9:25 p.m.

On Thursday, the three Cyclone women will compete in the Women’s NCAA Track and Field Championships.

Freshman Keira Christie-Galloway will run in the second heat of the 100-meter hurdles at 8:02 p.m.

Senior Erinn Stenman-Fahey will run in the third heat of the Women’s 800-meter run. at 8:44 p.m.

Lastly, sophomore Amanda Vestri will run in the Women’s 10,000-meter race at 9:38 p.m.

The championships can be seen on the ESPN channels.