Cyclone men disappointed with 10th place finish at Big 12s


Distance runner Rico Loy leads the pack in the 800-meter run during the Bill Bergan Invitational held Saturday, Jan. 29 at the Lied Recreation Center.

Kevin Shay

The ISU men were disappointed at practice Monday after a poor performance at the Big 12 Indoor Championships this past weekend. Iowa State finished in 10th place with a total of 24 points, 110 behind champion Texas A&M.

Coach Corey Ihmels thought the team could have done better.

“We left a lot of points on the track,” Ihmels said. “I felt like we could have gotten to 50 [points], which would have gotten us to seventh-place, and that’s where we finished last year. But, we fought hard and we had three guys who finished ninth and just missed qualifying for the finals, but those are finals you need to make in the conference meet. “

Sprinter Ian Warner finished a disappointing ninth in the 60-meter dash with a time of 6.75, while Amara Sama came in 12th. However, that was an improvement from last year after they finished in the bottom two spots of the meet for the Cyclones.

Elphas Sang came in ninth in the 800-meter run, and David Lantz just missed advancing to the finals in the 1,000-meter run.

One runner that did advance in two events was German sophomore Rico Loy.

Loy placed fourth in the 1,000-meter run, and 23rd in the 3,000-meter run. But, Loy said he was not in top form due to a sore Achilles he’s had the past week, and that running in two events was a little more difficult than focusing on one.

“I was happy with the fourth-placed finish but definitely feel I could have done better in both events,” Loy said. “In the end of the 3K I just got so tired. And for sure running two events made me more tired, but I want to help my team as much as I can. But, hopefully, if I get to nationals I will focus on one event.”

Loy said he would probably focus on the mile run if he qualifies for nationals.

Another runner who fell short of his goals was Hillary Bor. Bor placed fourth in the mile run after capturing a Big 12 individual title last year at the indoor conference meet.

“Anybody in that top four could have won that race,” Ihmels said. “And he competed hard, and now we’re just kinda looking to get him ready for outdoors. We might be a little behind [for indoors], but we’re excited about what he can do outdoors.”

Bor finished third in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at last year’s NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

Perhaps the strongest performance on the men’s side was unusually not a member of the distance team. Josh Koglin placed third in the weight throw for Iowa State after a personal best toss of 63-06.75. KP Singh of Oklahoma won after a throw of 65-11.75.

“He PR’d [set personal bests] on his last two throws,” said throws coach Grant Wall. “First place was there for the taking, KP [Singh] had a bad day, and you can’t complain when you come into an event ranked fourth and finish third. It would have been nice to get a little closer to first, but I was really happy for him, he’s been working his butt off.”

The men will set their sights on attempting to qualify for the NCAA Championships this weekend here in Ames at the NCAA Qualifier at Lied Recreational Athletic Center beginning at 10 a.m.