ISU men, women finish second at Bill Bergan Invitational

Kevin Shay

Both the ISU men and women came up short last Saturday at Lied Recreation Center during the Bill Bergan Invitational.

The men finished in second place with 64 points, 118 behind first-place Minnesota and 10 points ahead of Big 12 conference rival Missouri, who finished third.

Sprinter Ian Warner was the only ISU competitor on the men’s side to win in his event. The junior from Ontario, Calif., did it twice in the 60-meter dash with a time of 6.75 seconds, as well as the 200-meter dash that he completed in 21.73.

Warner, who also won the 60-meter dash at last year’s Invitational, was happier for teammate Amara Sama’s accomplishments than his own. Sama finished second behind Warner in both races.

“It was good [to go first] in both races,” Warner said. “But to be honest with you I’m more happy to see my training partner Sama come right behind me because last year he didn’t run as well as he wanted. But this year he’s really coming along and we’re pushing each other to get better … and we’re on the same page.”

Meanwhile, the women had a slightly better day as they finished just 31.67 points behind meet champion Missouri. The ISU women collected three individual titles during the day.

Kianna Elahi won the 400-meter dash with a time of 55.06, and was satisfied with her performance even though she said the 400-meter dash isn’t her best event.

“It feels good, it was a push,” Elahi said. “I had to focus a lot on getting a good start and getting a good position. It’s just a guts race, you just have to give it your all. But, I’ll be running the 600 [-meter] at the Big 12 indoors [championship]. I’m definitely more competitive in the 600 [-meter].”

The highlight of the evening came in the women’s 3,000-meter run in which the Cyclones placed three runners in the top four.

Betsy Saina won the race in 9:22.65, Dani Stack placed a close second in 9:25.04, and Semehar Tesfaye finished the race in fourth with a time of 9:49.52.

Both Saina and Stack set personal bests in the event. And even though Stack finished just behind Saina, she said the goal was simply to work together.

“Honestly we went out to work together and run fast,” Stack said. “And we both [got personal records]. Honestly she pushed me the whole way and I’m happy for her. You know she got first, but if anything she kept me going.”

The women’s throw team also continued their winning ways. Laishema Hampton won the weight throw with a toss of 61 feet, 11.5 inches. Cyclones Britta Christofferson finished third. Danielle Frere — who finished second to Hampton at last week’s ISU Open — did not compete due to sickness.

While the jumpers didn’t take home any first-place finishes, assistant coach Pete Herber was pleased with their progress.

“I’m very happy with the way our jumpers competed today,” Herber said. “We’ve had kind of a rough week of training – a little heavier than we’ve had in the past few weeks, but to be able to come out and do what we did is satisfying.”

Hannah Willms and Alison Tedrow — who also set a personal record — tied for second in the high jump with leaps of 5 feet, 7 inches.

Iowa State travels to Nebraska Friday and Saturday for the Husker Invitational.