Men’s, women’s track teams still prepping for outdoor season

Mark Pawlak

The ISU men’s and women’s track teams will be continuing its early season training for the outdoor season with the Northwest Invitational Saturday at Northwest Missouri State.

The Cyclones will be giving some athletes their first competition of the outdoor season, while others will get the week off.

“I thought it was a good start for us for the outdoor season [at the Florida Relays last week] and I’m excited to get going from there on,” ISU men’s head coach Steve Lynn said. “This week we go to Northwest Missouri and it’s a meet that not everybody is going to be competing at. Quite a few of the people are training through this week. The people that are going are the ones that need the races, mostly the sprinters and hurdlers. It gives us a chance to get a race in.”

Women’s coach Dick Lee will be taking the same approach.

“This is a low-key meet for us. Several of our best kids will not compete. We have some of our kids running different events from what they normally run,” Lee said. “Some of the kids that didn’t make the trip to Florida, this will be their first taste of competition, but all of our top kids made that trip to Florida a week ago.”

One that will continue training and not compete this week is sophomore Rocky Moore. Moore has performed well early this season, winning the shot put and discus two weeks ago at the Weems Baskin Invitational in South Carolina, and he also won the shot put last week at the Florida Relays with a throw of 58′ 9-1/4″.

“[Moore] had a personal record in both the shot and the discus last week,” Lynn said. “At South Carolina, he won both the shot and the discus. His best throw a year ago in the shot put was 55’8”, so he threw farther at South Carolina and at Florida.

“His throw at Florida was a provisional qualifying mark for the NCAA. His best throw a year ago in the discus was 154′ and he threw 162′ in Florida. Obviously, there’s a big improvement there. He’s stronger and faster.”

The competition for Moore will become stiffer as the Big 12 features three indoor All-Americans in the shot put.

He will meet one of them April 13 in Missouri’s Christian Cantwell at the Missouri Quad.

“Cantwell was third in the NCAA indoor with a 65′ or 66′ shot put,” Lynn said. “Rocky is not at that level yet, but I’m anxious to see how he responds when he get into the rings with the guys who are All-American. He’s been beating the people that he used to be equal with, and he’s made himself better than them.”

Also at the Florida Relays, Lisa Griebel qualified for the NCAA meet in the shot put, while Daniel Kaczmarczyk jumped 25′ 3-1/4″ in the long jump and Joey Brunkhorst cleared 7′ 2-1/2″ in the high jump to each provisionally qualify for the NCAA Championships.