ISU throwers shine in Holiday Preview

Kevin Shay

ISU men’s and women’s throw teams impressed Friday night at Lied Recreation Athletic Center during the 13-team Holiday Preview track and field meet in Ames.

“It was awesome; that’s about all I can say,” said throws coach Grant Wall of his women throwers. “I don’t even know how many personal bests we had, but it seemed like everyone was throwing hard today.”

For the women, two of their six competitors in the weight throw had personal bests: Hayli Bozarth and Laishema Hampton. Hampton won the event while fellow Cyclones Britta Christofferson and Danielle Frere finished second and third. Bozarth placed fourth.

Plenty of reason for their success as a group has been due to their work ethic. Frere also finished first in the shot put.

“They worked really hard last year; [they] had goals in their minds and worked their butts off,” Wall said. “Then during the offseason they worked hard, and came in and worked their butts off [this fall]. So, it’s all them working hard. I can structure, but it’s them in the end, and it paid off today.”

Meanwhile, senior Josh Koglin won the weight throw on the men’s side. With a top throw of 18.68 meters, he threw nearly 2 meters further than his nearest competitor — Cy Williams of Grand View University, who reached 16.97 meters with his best toss.

“[Koglin] probably had one of the best meets of his life,” Wall said. “He was at Saginaw Valley State with me, and transferred over here when I took the job. He’s a two-time All-American and threw further today than he did last year indoors.”

And how does Wall feel about Koglin’s chances for competing at nationals at the end of the year?

“It was a great start, but he’s still got 7 feet to go to have a shot at it,” Wall said.

As for the rest of the track and field squad, coach Corey Ihmels was satisfied with the day’s results.

“I think it’s exactly what we wanted to accomplish today, I think the sprinters looked really good in relays, and a couple middle-distance runners did well,” Ihmels said. “I also think the jumpers did well, and the multi-event kids came through and did a good job too.”

Cyclone David Lantz won the men’s 800-meter race with a time of 1:56.13. Also, ISU men won the 4×300 meter relay.

The long-distance runners had the meet off after a long season of cross country. However, Ihmels expects a strong season from both the men and women.

“Long distance is going to be an important part of our team, and success,” Ihmels said. “We’ve invested some really good athletes in that area.”

But Ihmels expects everyone on his team to continue to work hard over break and come back ready to compete.

“I think the next three to four weeks is imperative for indoors,” Ihmels said. “It’s really important. They know they can enjoy their [Winter] Break, but have to get their work in.”

And Ihmels is confident that his team will return in shape after break.

“We got a good group,” Ihmels said. “A young group, but it’s been a motivated group. And I think they’re all excited about what they can do and looking to build off of what cross country did in the fall.”

The Cyclones’ next meet will be the Iowa State Open on Jan. 21 and 22 at Lied Recreation Athletic Center.