Cyclones’ California trip, travel disrupted by rain

Sally Donlin

The ISU women’s track and field team is finally home in Ames after a long weekend competing at the California Multi-Event in Berkeley, Calif., the Stanford Invitational and the San Francisco State Distance Carnival.

The team experienced a fair amount of rain, which caused early cancellations not only in the meets but with the flight home as well.

Multi-event competitor Jordon Andreassen carried the Cyclones at the California Multi-Event, placing fourth with 2,959 points on day one of competition. Day two didn’t occur due to high winds and heavy rain.

“Before we got rained out, Jordon started out really well,” said assistant coach Pete Herber. “She was on pace to a personal record, being about 15 to 20 points shy.”

For the distance runners, Cyclone Betsy Saina was a standout in the outdoor season-opening meet Friday in the Stanford Invitational. The three-time All-American earned third place in the 10,000-meter run, finishing in 33:13.87 minutes, close to her personal-best mark.

ISU assistant coach Grant Wall explained how Saina led the way for her fellow teammate Dani Stack in the race.

“Betsy ran a great race, Dani was right behind her, there were only about 25 seconds between the two,” Wall said. “That was the first 10K Dani had ever run and she ran really well.”

The only Cyclone to compete in the field events on Friday was Britta Christofferson, who earned fourth place in the hammer throw.

Distance runner Taylor Petersen was one of the three ISU athletes to compete in the San Francisco State Distance Carnival on Friday afternoon. Petersen finished fourth in the 5,000-meter run with a new personal best time of 17:10.31.

The distance runners’ flight was delayed Sunday night causing them to miss Monday classes. They arrived late Monday night and will squeeze in one more practice Tuesday before they head to the Missouri Relays.

The Missouri Relays begin on Friday in Columbia, Mo.