Men’s track starts strong

Zac Reicks

The ISU men’s track team opened its outdoor season in fine fashion, garnering five first-place finishes at the Arizona State Invitational Saturday.

Andy Long continued the success he had during the indoor season by taking first in the 110-meter high hurdles in a time of 14:13. Tait Steines won the 3,000m steeple chase in 9:38.31 with teammate Jason Vogel finishing third in a time of 9:48.31.

The Cardinal and Gold also found some surprising success in the 400m hurdles. Known as one of the most difficult events to compete, the Cyclone men exceeded expectations by taking the top three spots in the race.

Nic Weers won the event in a time of 52.76 with Kyle Bolejack crossing the finish line second in 53.56.

Ryan Boyington rounded out the top three, finishing with a career best time of 54.51.

All three of the Cyclone runners finished with career bests in an event that had given Iowa State trouble in the past.

The ‘Clones also experienced success in the field events as they took a first in the long jump and discus, as well as third place in the long jump.

Daniel Kaczmarczyk, NCAA Championship Qualifier, won the long jump with a leap of 7.6m with Tunji Giwa finishing third.

Zech Schiebout took home the gold in the discus with a throw of 54.52 meters.

In one of the most competitive fields of the day, Schiebout did a fine job of representing Iowa State against some of the countries’ top competition.

The ISU men will be back in action at the Texas Relays in Austin, Texas.