Iowa State finishes strong at Big 12 Championship, turns focus to NCAA Preliminaries


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Runners from the Men’s Mile Run at the Iowa State Classic lead by Unnattached Will Crocker at Lied Gym on Feb 9th.

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Iowa State men’s and women’s track and field teams achieved their goal this weekend: to excel at the Big 12 Championship and have a number of athletes qualify for NCAA Preliminaries.

The most impressive performances came from the men in the 4×400 meter relay, 5,000-meter run and 10,000-meter run, as well as the women in the 5,000-meter run, 10,000-meter run and 100-meter hurdles.

Iowa State men

In the 4×400-meter relay, the team of sophomore Charlie Johnson, senior Roshon Roomes, senior Eric Fogltanz and sophomore Ben Kelly placed second with a time 3:05.50 minutes.

The 5,000 and 10,000-meter run ended with the most placers in any event by the Cyclones at the Big 12 championship meet.

In the 5,000-meter run, redshirt senior Dan Curts placed first with a time of 14:08.76 minutes. Senior David Too placed second with a time of 14:11.86. Senior Edwin Kurgat placed third with a time of 14:12.32. Freshman Chad Johnson placed sixth with a time of 14:16.16. Senior Thomas Pollard placed eighth with a time of 14:21.28.

In the 10,000-meter run, Kurgat placed second with a time of 23:91.38 minutes. Curts placed third with a time of 29:36.15. Too placed fourth with a time 29:37.84. Pollard placed fifth with a time of 29:45.65. Sophomore Mitchell Day placed with a time of 30:08.19.

Iowa State women

In the 5,000-meter run, junior Cailie Logue finished first with a time of 16:12.81 minutes. Junior Amanda Vestri finished second with a time of 16:23.51. Senior Kelly Naumann finished ninth with a time of 16:45.89.

In the 10,000-meter run, Louge and Vestri placed first and second, with times of 33:36.00 and 33:47.28 minutes, respectively.

In the 100-meter hurdles, sophomores Keira Christie-Galloway and Kaylyn Hall placed first and eighth, with scores of 13.10 and 13.72 seconds.

Team Rankings

The Iowa State women finished second overall, and the men finished sixth overall; their best overall finish at the Big 12 Outdoor Track and Field Championship.

With the women having eight individual-event qualifiers, the men having nine individual qualifiers and one team-qualifying event, the Cyclones will look to make a deep run.

Iowa State will compete in the NCAA West Preliminaries Thursday through Saturday at Sacramento State University.

The preliminaries will be streamed online for viewing on FloTrack. You can find out who is participating in each event below as well as what time it will be at.