Long ranks among nation’s elite

Zac Reicks

There are days when you are in the zone. Michael Jordan had them. Joe Montana had them. Tiger Woods seems to have them every weekend.

ISU hurdler Andy Long took his turn last Friday as he turned in a phenomenal performance at the 74th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays, placing second in the 110-meter high hurdles.

In a meet for only select ISU track members, Long led the way for the Cyclones as he turned in a personal best time as well as the third best time in ISU history. In a meet with some of the best talent in the country on hand, Long proved once again that he is among the nation’s elite hurdlers.

The senior from Fort Dodge won his preliminary race in an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 13.88 seconds leaving many of the nation’s best in his wake. Long currently holds the eighth fastest time in the nation and has beaten two of the athletes ranked ahead of him.

“It was just a great weekend,” Long said. “Everything clicked for me and I finally ran a time that I knew I could run.”

Daniel Kaczmarczyk continued the success for the Cyclones as he placed fourth in the long jump leaping 24-10. The Big 12 indoor freshman of the year, Kaczmarczyk has continued to improve each meet and hopes to be peaking when the outdoor championships roll around.

Nic Weers rounded out the placers for the Cardinal and Gold as he snared fourth in his heat of the 400m hurdles in a time of 54.14 sec.