Too does it again at Iowa State Classic


Tyler Coe

Cebastian Gentil (left) and Darius Kipyego (right) walk off the track at Lied Recreational Center in the ISU Holiday Invitational on Dec. 10, 2022.

Pavle Markovic, Sports Reporter

Iowa State track and field finished off a competitive day as the team was able to show their skills back at home for the final time this season. 

Senior Nehemia Too had an unbelievable day as he once again shattered the school record with a time of 3:57.46 in the mile run. He previously set the old record with a time of 3:58.15 in Fayetteville, Arkansas, but now he breaks it once again in front of the home crowd.

The director of the track and field team, Jeremy Sudbury, gave his comments on Too’s remarkable run. 

“Nehemia is a product of just consistency and hard work, and you know when he came here, a few years ago as a transfer from a junior college he’d come in a little banged up and had some injury issues with his foot. And finally, what were now seeing from Nehemia after having years of work behind him is remarkable,” Sudbury said.

Sudbury has high hopes for Nehemia still as he believes even breaking the school record in the mile twice won’t be his last time achieving this feat.

“Honestly I mean 3:57 is awesome, and broke the school record, but we both believe there’s more there and our goal is to get down to that 3:55 mark and we got a couple more weekends left to try to go do that and yeah I don’t think that’s the last time you’re gonna see Nehemia break a school record,” Sudbury said.

Too was not the only person to show off his skill set, in fact, he was the first act on this historic day.

Senior Katarina Vlahovic had herself a day as she took first place in both the 200m dash and the 60m hurdles event. She also was able to help propel the Cyclones to a second place finish in the 4x400m run for her group.

Sophomore Cam Jones was dominant today as he was able to finish second in the weight throw competition with a score of 21.11 and finish in first place in shot put with a score of 18.58. Junior Kevin Sakson was able to finish in second place, only behind Jones, in shot put with a score of 18.44. 

Senior Cebastian Gentil and Junior Peter Smith were able to finish in the top two of the 800m race as well. Gentil posted a time of 1:47.62, while Smith finished right behind with a time of 1:47.83. 

Freshman Jack Noble was able to take the High Jump competition with a score of 1.94 showing that he has a lot left to offer this team.

In the end, it was an overall strong showing from the Cyclones as they were able to perform very well in front of the home crowd one last time this season before having to compete at other events across the country.

“I thought we had a great day. You know anytime we’re home I think you get a chance to sleep in your own bed and go out there and compete,” Sudbury said. “I thought our athletes really responded to being home this week and we had some massive personal bests across all event groups from the sprints, to the jumps, to the throws and the middle distance.”

The Cyclones now look ahead as they look to improve on what they were able to do Saturday as some of the team travels to Seattle, Washington for the Husky Classic and the other half travels back to Fayetteville, Arkansas, for the Tyson Invitational on Friday.