Men’s track ends indoor season

Zac Reicks

The ISU men’s track team wrapped up their indoor season with the NCAA Championships held in Fayetteville, Ark. at the Randal Tyson Track Center.

With only three team members representing the cardinal and gold down in Razorback country, the Cyclones were strictly concentrating on individual goals as opposed to what a full team could do.

Senior Joey Brunkhorst led the way for Iowa State with 10th place in the high jump as he finished his indoor career with a jump of 6-10. Battling a hip injury, Brunkhorst showed just what kind of determination it takes to be successful at the highest level of competition.

“It showed that he hadn’t been able to jump for four weeks,” head coach Steve Lynn said. “I really felt like he could’ve made two more heights. He just had that spring in his step, but his confidence is back now to know that he is jumping well again.”

Big 12 Freshmen of the Year Daniel Kaczmarczyk got his first taste of NCAA championship competition and came away just missing All-American status. His jump of 25-2 3/4″ was seventh going into the last jump, but two guys had their best jumps of the day to knock him out of contention.

“Daniel’s future is almost unlimited, and it’s exciting to see what he will be able to do,” Lynn said.

The final member of Iowa State’s qualifying trio was senior hurdler Andy Long. Long finally fulfilled his potential after battling an injury plagued career but just ran out of steam heading into Friday’s pre-lims.

The senior veteran saw his bid to make the finals fall short as he could only muster a seventh place finish that kept him from advancing.