Koll wins 10,000 for second straight season

Matt Gubbels

This season, junior distance runner Lisa Koll had two indoor All-American performances, an American Collegiate Record in the 10,000-meter run and three school records to her name, and she accomplished another feat Friday.

At the Big 12 Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Boulder, Colo., Koll added to her already hefty accolades by defending her Big 12 outdoor title in the 10,000-meter run with a time of 35:59.28. Koll is only the second runner in Big 12 history to win back-to-back 10,000-meter titles.

“You always want to come back and defend your title,” Koll said in a press release. “At the conference meet it is all about place and not necessarily about time.”

Koll added a runner-up finish in the 5,000 Sunday, and has established herself as one of the top contenders in the 10,000 at the NCAA Championships in Des Moines. She finished the 5,000 behind the runner with the nation’s fastest time, Sally Kipyego from Texas Tech.

Fellow distance runner Grace Kemmey also had a strong performance at the conference meet, finishing third and fourth, respectively, in the 10,000 and 5,000.

“Both [Koll and Kemmey] are a good testament to where the distance program is going,” said head coach Corey Ihmels in a press release.

Freshman Tiffanie Synacek finished third in the high jump by clearing 5-8 3/4 to qualify for the NCAA Midwest Regional on her third and final attempt. The Cyclones, who finished ninth as a team, also qualified for regionals in the 4×100-meter relay with a seventh-place time of 45.51.

The men’s track and field team finished 11th, and qualified for the regionals in several events. Junior Kiel Uhl and freshman Luke Pinkelman led the Cyclones by placing in two events.

Uhl finished sixth in the 10,000 Friday and followed that up with an eighth-place finish in the 5,000 Sunday. Pinkelman, in his first conference meet, finished fourth in the shot put Saturday with a regionally-qualified toss of 58-1 1/4 and followed that with an eighth-place finish in the discus.

Robbie Utterback finished just ahead of Pinkelman in the discus. Junior James Galvan had the top preliminary time in the 800-meter run at 1:49.82, but finished fifth in the finals.

Iowa State placed two runners in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, with freshman Hillary Bor clocking in second and Jayden Russ finishing eighth. Bor led with two laps remaining but could not hold off the defending Big 12 champion, Colorado’s Billy Nelson.

“I knew it was going to be tough. I was ready for it,” Bor said in a press release. “My strategy was to just hang around, but with five laps left I wasn’t feeling well, so I thought I should jump ahead.”

On May 30th, 15 Cyclone qualifiers will compete at the NCAA Midwest Regional Track and Field Championships in Lincoln, Neb. The NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship will be held in Des Moines on June 11-14 at Drake Stadium.