Track and field seasons getting out of the blocks

Zac Reicks

Led by the strength of Andy Long’s meet record in the 60m hurdles, the ISU men’s track team continued their young season by giving a strong effort in the Northwest Open held at the University of Minnesota.Head coach Steve Lynn was very pleased with the performance of his runners at their first away meet of the season and even happier with the showing of senior hurdler Long.”The highlight of the meet was Andy setting the meet record and Griak Fieldhouse record in the 60m hurdles,” Lynn said. “Andy has been making steady improvements throughout his career, and this is just another step up for him. His goal this year is to run solid times at every meet, and it looks like he is well on his way of doing that.”The high jump was another successful event for the team as senior Joey Brunkhorst and freshman Andy Kohler finished one, two with jumps of 6-10 3/4 and 6-8 3/4, respectively. Tabbed as a team strength at the beginning of the year, both Brunkhorst and Kohler showed just what can be expected as the year progresses.”The high jumpers did a good job with Joey and Andy taking the top two spots,” Lynn said. “They were both really close to going higher than they did, so we will look for a little more improvement from them at the next meet.”The Cyclone men also got a pleasant surprise from newcomer Tunji Giwa in the long jump. Giwa set a personal best with a leap of 21-11 3/4 and possibly gives the ‘Clones another scoring threat in the field events.Also taking home a first-place finish for the ISU men was the 4×400-meter relay and the distance medley relay. With the middle distances returning many runners from last year’s team, Coach Lynn was not surprised to see them do so well Saturday.”The distance medley competed really well despite the lack of competition,” Lynn said. “All of the middle distance runners got a couple of good races in and that will help them this coming weekend at the ISU Open.”The ISU men will be in action again Jan.19-20 as they host the ISU Open at the Lied Recreation Center.