Women’s track hopes to be state champs

Gabe Davis

The ISU women’s track team is shaping up for the University of Northern Iowa Firstar Invitational this weekend held in the UNI Dome.The meet has traditionally been a quadrangular with the four state schools, but since University of Iowa dropped just a few days ago, Iowa State, UNI and Drake will be the only schools competing.Some ISU women runners spent last weekend at the Illini Invitational while the field competitors took some time off.”We were generally pleased,” head coach Dick Lee said. “A couple of kids had kind of off days when they raced. Hopefully they’ll be ready to go for the next few weeks.”Overall, the coaches were pleased with how their runners placed last weekend. The team uses the smaller meets as conditioning workouts for the experience of it, sprinting coach Scott Roberts said. “We hope to improve upon the marks that we have every weekend,” he said.First place Cyclone performances at Illinois were Laurie Meythaler in the mile, Kelly Brinkman in the 3000 and Ola Adetiba in the 200.”We had an OK meet,” Lee said. “We had a couple of pretty good performances.”This coming weekend the women will be running at the UNI Dome against UNI and Drake. The coaches will be placing some of their women in alternative events from what they usually run and using some team members to get more experience for future meets.”Some of the events there will be real good competition because we match up well with UNI in a few areas,” Lee said. “With just three teams, it’s not going to be a real high-powered meet.” For the past several years, this meet was scored and Iowa State always won it, Lee said. This year, UNI decided not to score the meet, giving the women running another opportunity to work on their qualifying times without having to worry about team points. “We’ve had a hard week of training and so really this is more like a training meet, getting through this meet and hopefully getting ready for the ISU Classic,” O’Mara said.Lee said he has enjoyed these two weekends because they are great preparation for the ISU Classic which will be held next weekend at the Lied Recreation Center. Dan O’Mara, throwing coach, said the UNI meet is important but “we want to perform well here at our own meet.”