Saina tops Cyclone performances out west

Kevin Shay

Betsy Saina once again led the ISU track and field teams with her third-place performance at the Stanford Invitational on Friday in Palo Alto, Calif. Saina placed third in the 10,000-meter run with a personal best time of 33 minutes, 13.87 seconds. Tara Erdmann of Loyola Marymount won the event in 33:10.15.

Iowa State’s Dani Stack and Semehar Tesfaye finished 11th and 30th, respectively. Also, India Lee finished 21st in the 5,000-meter run.

Ben Murphy-Baum paced the men’s side with a 19th-place finish in the 10,000-meter run. Edward Kemboi took sixth in the 1,500-meter run for the men in 3:51.51 — five seconds behind first-place finisher Trevor Dunbar of Portland, Ore.

Both the men and women had one competitor in the hammer throw – Josh Koglin finished eighth on the men’s side with a top throw of 180-07, and Britta Christofferson collected a fourth-place finish with a throw of 183-06.

The Cyclones also had three runners compete in the San Francisco State Distance Carnival on Friday afternoon. Isaac Chelimo ran to a sixth-place finish in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Meanwhile, Taylor Petersen’s efforts in the women’s 5,000-meter run garnered her fourth-place, and Beth Olson finished in 20th in the same event.

The second day of the Cal Multis meet in Berkely, Calif. was cancelled due to strong winds and hard rain.

Iowa State will compete next weekend at the Missouri Relays in Columbia, Mo.