ISU men’s track paced by individual efforts at the Classic

Zac Reicks

In what is becoming a theme for the ISU men’s track team, individual efforts paced the squad once again at the ISU Classic held Feb. 9 and 10 at the Lied Recreation Center.At a meet where All-American effort was required just to place in the top eight, Cyclones Joey Brunkhorst and Daniel Kaczmarczyk each took home runner-up honors in the high jump and long jump, respectively.With more than 1,500 competitors coming to Ames, placing runner-up was an accomplishment for those two athletes. ISU head coach Steve Lynn said he was overall very happy with how his squad performed and how smoothly the meet ran.”It was a phenomenal meet as far as the meet was concerned,” Lynn said. “The pure numbers along with the quality of competition required the individual or team to compete at an All-American level in order to place.”As far as the two silver medalists are concerned, Lynn was happy to see his stars performing so well.”I was really pleased with how Daniel responded to the top competition,” Lynn said. “With four guys going over 25 feet, Daniel’s three jumps of over 25 feet was good enough to give him second.”Brunkhorst continued to shine for the men as he skied to reach 7 feet 2 1/4 inches which tied him for the top leap of the day. However, since he had one more miss than Stanford’s Michael Ponikvar, he just missed taking home top honors.”His best jump put him at No. 2 on the ISU all-time indoor/outdoor list, which almost assuredly qualified him for the NCAA meet,” Lynn said.Also turning in solid performances for the cardinal and gold were Troy Weiland and Ryan Boyington. Weiland kept up with the leaders for much of the 800m but just didn’t have enough to pull it out at the end.”Troy tried to win the 800 but died at the end,” Lynn said. “But that’s what it takes in order to run really fast, so you have to applaud him for that.”Boyington continued his string of steady performances by turning in a third place finish in the 600m run to cap what had been an impressive weekend for the Cyclones.”There is no question the team is getting better, as we had season-leading performances in almost all our events,” Lynn said. “We still need to keep getting better and get everyone healthy. When the injured guys start coming back, we will definitely have a lot stronger team.”