Iowa State track is ready for ISU Classic

Gabe Davis

The ISU men’s and women’s track teams will be back at their home track this weekend for the largest indoor track meet held in the nation.The ISU Classic, which will run Friday evening and all day Saturday, will host more than 45 different teams of the best track athletes in the nation.”It’s a great opportunity for the guys to get to compete against some of the best competition in the nation,” said Steve Lynn, men’s head coach. “There will be guys who are former Olympians and several guys that will be competing at the NCAA meet,” he said.Lynn said the ISU Classic is the largest indoor meet in the nation and will prove to be even better competition than what the men and women will face at the conference meet.”This is an exciting weekend,” women’s head coach Dick Lee said. “Every event will have people qualifying for the NCAA indoor meet and it will not just be the woman who wins it. “There will be multiple qualifiers in every event. It’s exciting for us to be able to host a meet like this.”Dan O’Mara, men’s and women’s throwing coach, has been trying to get his athletes ready for the level of competition they will face this weekend. “This weekend we’re having six of the top ten throwers in both men’s weight and shot coming in,” O’Mara said. “On the women’s side, the best woman shot putter in the nation is coming in. Minnesota is also bringing a top qualifier,” he said.Iowa State will have its top athletes competing against the other national champions, but O’Mara expects good things to come out of it.”This [meet] is bigger than our conference meet as far as the number of ranked athletes that will be competing at it,” O’Mara said. “It’s a strong field and we’re happy to have our kids competing in this type of field.” With the conference meet just a few weeks away, O’Mara says this meet is just a notch below the level of competition that the men and women will encounter at the NCAA meet.”There will be 15 men or better who can jump over seven foot on the men’s side,” he said. “On the women’s side there are two jumpers coming in who have already cleared six foot this year.”Lynn said there are several team members who have already qualified for nationals; the meet will be a chance to improve their times. “It’s a meet where we’re going to go out and try to do our best in the field,” Lynn said.