Iowa State Track and Field team preps for Bill Bergan Invitational

The ISU track and field team will be back at the Lied Recreation Athletic Center on Thursday, Friday and Saturday as it gets set to host the Bill Bergan Multi-Event and the Bill Bergan Invitational.

Iowa State will play host to Missouri, South Dakota, South Dakota State, North Dakota, North Dakota State, Marquette, the Minnesota men’s team and the Southern Methodist University women’s team. Thursday and Friday, the meet will feature combined events.

“With the combined events starting tomorrow it’s just a different kind of event,” said ISU assistant coach Pete Herber. “It’s not like a normal track meet so it’ll be good to have a high-caliber event starting tomorrow.”

The Cyclones made a good showing Jan. 21 and 22 at the ISU Open, but will see better competition at the Bill Bergan Invitational.

“The field includes some guys that really should be national qualifiers,” Herber said. “It’s going to be a pretty exciting couple of days here on Thursday and Friday.”

One of the athletes looking to step up his game is Josh Koglin. Koglin took first in the weight throw at the ISU Open but is looking to improve upon that.

“I’m hoping to get a little better this week,” said Koglin, a redshirt senior. “I didn’t do as well last meet [the ISU open] as I did the first meet [the Holiday Preview]. Obviously it would be nice to get a huge throw and get the win, but me and the rest of the team are just trying to keep focus and keep improving with each throw.”

Also getting ready to throw this weekend are Danielle Frere and Laishema Hampton. Assistant coach Grant Wall had a lot of good things to say about Frere and Hampton.

“[Danielle Frere has] improved by almost three feet from last year,” Wall said. “She’s 15th on the national list and is doing really well. I think she’s got a chance to be in the national indoors with Laishema [Hampton].”

Frere came away from the ISU Open with the shot put title and Hampton with the weight throw title. Wall said he is also optimistic about what the indoor season looks like for both women.

“Laishema came in after break and came in right around her personal best,” Wall said. “So I think they both have a great chance at indoor nationals.”