Distance runners shine for men at ISU Classic

Kevin Shay

Foreign-born distance runners Rico Loy and Joel Limo were the only two Cyclone men to earn first-place honors at the ISU Classic this weekend at the Lied Recreation Athletic Center.

Loy, a native of Germany, took first place in the one-mile run Saturday with a time of 4:04.35 ahead of Wisconsin’s Luke Rucks, who finished in 4:05.49. The sophomore set a personal indoor best in the event. ISU senior Hilary Bor finished the race third with a time of 4:06.43.

Both Loy and Bor look ready to go for the Big 12 Championships the weekend after next, as Bor placed first in the mile at the Big 12 Indoor Championships last year with a time of 4:12.59.

Kenyan distance runner Joel Limo captured first for the Cyclones in the 3,000-meter run with a time of 8:14.95. Aaron Lenzel, Limo’s closest competitor, finished 1.07 seconds behind. Martin Coolidge of Iowa State finished fourth in 8:22.40.

Limo improved his 3,000-meter run time from the Bill Bergan Invitational two weeks ago by more than 15 seconds. He ran the event in a time of 8:32.14 at the Invitational.

Meanwhile, Canadian-born sprinter Ian Warner continues to impress in the 60-meter dash, despite not winning the event Saturday.

Warner tied his personal-best time of 6.72 seconds Saturday even though he was narrowly edged out in a photo finish by Iowa’s Justin Austin, who also was clocked with a time of 6.72 seconds.

Fellow sprinter and training-partner Amara Sama captured eighth place in the event with a time of 6.84.

ISU junior Floyd Ross — who competed unattached — placed second in the triple jump behind Frederick Brown of Oral Roberts.

ISU senior Josh Koglin placed eighth in the men’s weight throw with a toss of 18.65 meters. Koglin has yet to match the 18.68-meter toss he threw during the Holiday Preview in December.

Iowa State will not compete again until the Big 12 Indoor Championships in Lincoln, Neb. on Feb. 25 and 26.