Track and field prepares for ISU Holiday Invitational


Jacob Rice

Iowa State redshirt sophomore Gable Sieperda competes in the 2022 Big 12 Indoor Track and Field Championships on Feb. 25 at Lied Recreation Center.

The Iowa State track and field team will be back in action Friday and Saturday as they host the annual ISU Holiday Invitational.

Senior Chad Johnson had a personal best in the 5k race last weekend as he took off almost 25 seconds from his original best time, putting himself in 21st. Johnson’s final time was 13:33.15, moving him to No. 3 all-time for the ISU indoor all-time performance.

Senior Ashley Tutt was also highlighted last weekend for the Cyclones as she finished 67th overall and was the 52nd collegiate runner to cross the line with a time of 16:30.81.

“We’ve had an incredible recruiting year in regards to not only one area, but all of them, and our coaching staff really hit the ground hard, so I think this year’s squad is really primed to do really well at the conference level and national level,” said Jeremy Sudbury, the director of the track and field team.

Additionally, Sudbury discussed the goals that the team has for the season.

“First goal is top half, then top 3, then after that everything is a bonus, and I think that is in the cards for both men and women,” Sudbury said.

Sudbury also talked about how success is varied between each event.

“Both genders in different event areas can score at the national level,” Sudbury said. “Our middle distance squad has been one of the premiere programs in the country and will continue to be that this year.”

Sudbury spoke highly of the throwing and long-distance groups as well. The Cyclones will get back the four-time All-American Cailie Logue. Logue has multiple Big 12 championship wins, which will help the women’s distance group. Transfers will also play a big role for the team.

The team is looking forward to seeing how they will compete in the new year.

“It’s super early, so we’re not expecting a lot, but we will have a couple things that we are trying to get done more of a personal type growth for each athlete,” Sudbury said.

Events will kick off at noon Friday at the Lied Recreation Center. The meet will start with a few field events followed by multi-events after. The invitational will wrap up Saturday.