Men finish 10th at Big 12 Championships

Zach Gourley

The ISU men’s track and field team finished 10th this weekend at the Big 12 Outdoor Track and Field Championships with 34 team points, edging out Kansas State by a single point.

Josh Koglin garnered a second-place finish in the hammer throw with a personal best of 197-02, which came on his last throw of the final round of the event. The throw of 197-02 puts Koglin in third on the all-time list of Iowa State outdoor track and field performers.

The second day of competition was a busy one for the ISU men hoping qualify for final events, which would take place on Sunday.

Ian Warner placed ninth in his prelim of the 100-meter dash with a personal best time of 10:50 to qualify him for the final the next day.

Freshman Edward Kemboi also qualified for the final of the 800-meter run after running a personal best time of 1:49.58, good enough for fourth in his prelim.

Warner matched his personal best on the previous day with another 10:50 time in the 100-meter dash final, earning him a fifth-place finish. Oklahoma’s Mookie Salaam won the event with a time of 10.23.

The 17-year-old Kemboi was then able to improve his time from the previous day, clocking a 1:47.90 in the 800-meter final, good enough for a second-place finish.

Hillary Bor, of Eldoret, Kenya, was able to continue his domination of the 3,000-meter steeplechase on Sunday posting a season-best time of 8:52.11. That was good enough to defend his title as Big 12 steeplechase champion.

Bor, the three-time steeplechase all-american, garnered 10 more points for the ISU men with that steeplechase title.

Two relay teams also contributed to the team points total, with the 4×100-meter relay team of Amara Sama, Ian Warner, Bryce Colston and Clint Martin finishing seventh with a time of 40.39. Texas A&M’s relay team won the event, clocking a 39.04.

The 4×400-meter relay team of Brian Sandvig, Jamal Currica, Kemboi and Alvin Garnett finished with a time of 3:11.16, good enough for eighth place, garnering the single point that would push them into 10th in the team rankings.

Texas A&M’s men’s track and field team captured the Big 12 title in dominating fashion, ending with 175 team points, with Texas finishing second with 103.5 total points

The ISU men’s track and field team will now begin preparing for the NCAA Regionals in Eugene, Ore. from May 26 to May 28.