Women tie best point total ever at Big 12 conference meet

Kevin Shay

The ISU women’s track and field team finished the Big 12 Indoor Track and Field Championships with 66.50 points, tying the highest number of points they have ever scored at the event, and good enough for a sixth-place finish in Lincoln, Neb.

The men didn’t fare as well, as they concluded the meet with a total of 24 points for 10th place.

Nebraska won the women’s side with 115.50 points, while Texas A&M took the men’s title with 134 points.

Defending men’s mile run, champion Hillary Bor finished in 4:08.95, two seconds behind the winner and good for fourth place. Alex Dillenbeck of Iowa State finished the event in eighth place.

The men disappointed in the 3,000-meter run on the banked track at the University of Nebraska, with their best runner Ben Murphy-Baum finishing the event in 19th place.

Rico Loy finished fourth in the 1,000-meter run, and Jamal Currica completed the heptathlon in seventh place after a new personal best in both the 60-yard dash and pole vault.

Sprinters Ian Warner and Amara Sama finished ninth and 12th in the 60-yard dash, an improvement from last year, in which they finished in the last two spots.

Josh Koglin lost by a little over two feet with a third-place weight throw of 63-06.75.

Meanwhile, on the women’s side, Betsy Saina and Laishema Hampton continued their strong seasons.

Saina once again won the 5,000-meter run with a time of 16:14.96; Dani Stack finished the race in fifth place.

Saina also placed third in the 3,000-meter run. Lucy Kennedy was runner-up in the event to Colorado’s Emma Coburn.

Laishema Hampton finished second behind Texas Tech’s Kelly Closse in the weight throw. She had a throw of 64-08.50.

Kianna Elahi ran a close second in the 600-yard run to Kendra Chambers of Texas. Hannah Willms finished tied for fourth in the high jump, and Danielle Frere placed fifth in the shot put.

Iowa State will prepare this week for the NCAA Qualifier at Lied Recreational Athletic Center at 10 a.m. Saturday.