Men have solid performances in rainy west coast trip

Kevin Shay

Even though they didn’t amass the results they would like to, the ISU men had some solid personal performances during the recent slew of west coast meets. A select group of athletes competed in one of three meets: the California Multi-Event in Berkeley, Calif., the Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif., and the San Francisco State Distance Carnival.

However, due to a large amount of rain, the second day of the California Multi-Event was canceled, and most of the team, including all of the distance runners and coach Corey Ihmels, remained stranded in California until Monday afternoon.

Jamal Currica, who was the lone ISU competitor in the decathlon at the multi-events, was in 12th place through five events prior to the cancellation of the meet. He had a first-place finish in the 100-meter dash, and events coach Pete Herber said he was “pleased with Jamal’s continued progress.”

While the men sent five runners to compete in either the Stanford Invitational or the San Francisco State Distance Carnival, Josh Koglin was the lone thrower to compete. And even though he placed eighth in the hammer throw, throws coach Grant Wall wasn’t even planning on bringing Koglin to the meet.

“I wasn’t even going to bring Josh on the trip,” Wall said. “But, coach Herber, who was doing multi’s, wanted me to give him some help. So if he was going to do that, I wanted to bring Josh out later in the week because then I wouldn’t have seen him all week. But, he and the others kept training through it.”

However, due to the circumstances, Wall was pleased with Koglin’s performance as he continues to try to improve in his final season as an ISU thrower.

“Josh did really well,” Wall said. “He only threw 180 [feet] in the competition, but in the warm-up he threw about 192 — which is only about three feet off of his PR, so I was really happy with it.”

And while Koglin works out the kinks while switching formats — he was doing the weight throw event all indoor season — the distance runners were attempting to make the switch from the 5,000-meter run to the 10,000-meter run.

“I thought the guys did really well,” Wall said. “It’s such an interesting environment out there; there are a ton of great runners so you can get pulled along to a really good time. And they all ran solid times.”

Ben Murphy-Baum had a personal-record time of 29:56.51 in the 10,000-meter run, which led to a 19th-place finish. Clayton Carper finished in 30:08.92 — good for 26th place. Sophomore Charlie Paul finished 31st place in his first race in the event after a time of 30:29.57.

Edward Kemboi led the male runners with a sixth-place finish in the 1,500-meter run at the Stanford Invitational.

The majority of the team will be competing this weekend at the Missouri Relays in Columbia, Mo.