Women’s track and field team storms Big 12

Gabe Davis

Emotions ran high over the weekend at the Big 12 conference track meet at Bob Devaney Sports Center in Lincoln, Neb.Leading the effort for the ISU women’s track team was Gina Curtis who won the high-jump competition. After fighting many battles this season, Curtis was able to take home the gold with a jump of 5’10 3/4. “I was really pleased with how Gina performed,” said head coach Dick Lee.With 30 points picked up by red-shirt freshmen, the team took eighth with 36 points. “We knew we were leaving a lot of points [with the red shirts],” sprint coach Scott Roberts said.The team had some great performances including Sheba Clark’s 60-meter dash, Ola Adetiba’s 200m sprint, Lori Meythaler’s mile and the team’s 4X400 relay. Adetiba was able to improve on her 200m time by eight hundredths of a second to finish fourth overall, while Meythaler finished fifth in the mile with a time of 4:50. The women’s 4X400 team consisted of Adetiba, Christina Peterson, Anna Hauskins and Clark. They ran 3:46 which was good enough to place them seventh in the event overall. “Ola and Sheba both had very good days,” Roberts said. “Sheba’s only a freshman, so we’re looking forward to many more good things from her.”One of the disappointments of the day was Aurelia Trywianska’s fall in the finals of the 60m hurdles. After running an impressive preliminary time, Trywianska hit the first hurdle and didn’t finish the race. However, she did manage to finish fifth in the triple jump with a jump of 38′ 11 3/4. The indoor season is coming to an end for the women, but this weekend Iowa State will be hosting a regional NCAA qualifying meet. The purpose is simply to give runners in the area one more chance to qualify for the national meet that will be held next weekend in Fayetteville, Ark.