Track and field team happy with results at ISU Open


Photo: Yue Wu/Iowa State Daily

Joel Limo celebrates with a friend after Limo finished his race Friday, Jan. 21 at Lied Recreational Athletic Center. Limo placed 9th in the mile run with a time of 4:16.98.

Clint Cole

The ISU track and field team kicked off the indoor season by hosting the ISU Open Friday and Saturday at the Lied Recreation Athletic Center.

The Cyclones made a great showing at the season-opening meet, winning four titles on day one, and five titles on day two. Coach Corey Ihmels was optimistic about the results from the meet.

“We’ve had some good results all the way around,” Ihmels said. “I think if you can look at every event area, we’ve had some positive things happen.”

On Friday, junior Laishema Hampton won the women’s weight throw with a throw of 62 feet 1/2 inch. Redshirt senior Josh Koglin won the men’s weight throw with a distance of 60 feet 1 1/4 inches.

The ISU distance medley relay ‘A’ team, which includes Rico Loy, Brian Sandvig, David Lantz and Joel Limo won their event with a time of 9:50.09.

The women’s distance medley relay ‘B’ team, which includes Dani Stack, Kianna Elahi, Ines Fischer and Betsey Saina won their event with a time of 11:39.74, which is a new ISU Open record.

“It’s our first competition back from break,” Ihmels said. “So I just kind of wanted to get out and have everyone be really competitive in whatever event they’re in and not really worry about the time or the distance or the height.”

On Saturday, junior Lucy Kennedy won the women’s mile run with a time of 4:48.52. Senior Hillary Bor won the men’s mile run with a time of 4:12.83. Junior Meaghan Nelson won the women’s seeded 3,000-meter run with a time of 9:42.75, which is a new personal best for her.

Cyclone volleyball player Hannah Willms made her track and field debut by winning the women’s seeded high jump with a height of 5 feet, 8 3/4 inches. Danielle Frere made a new personal best by throwing the shot put 51 feet, 1 1/4 inches in a winning effort.

“All in all, the kids have competed hard and we’ve had some pretty good results,” Ihmels said.

The ISU track and field team was hoping to be competitive at this meet and get ready for the rest of the season.

“By and large, I think I’ve seen a pretty competitive group out there this weekend,” Ihmels said.