Cyclone track and field looks to continue personal records


Lee Chinyama

Katarina Vlahovic in the 60m Hurdles at Lied Recreational Center in the ISU Classic on Feb. 4, 2023.

A very successful home meet last weekend has the Cyclones in great shape at this point in the season. This weekend, they will split up and send off two groups to compete.

With the Husky Classic being one of the best distance meets in the country, the distance squad will go up to the University of Washington for the Husky Classic. The Tyson Invite is also one of the best field meets in the country. Hurdlers, jumpers, sprinters and middle-distance runners travel back down to Arkansas. However, throwers will have an off weekend.

“We’re very fortunate that we’re able to get into both meets but also be able to send our elite athletes to those meets to compete against the best,” Jeremy Sudbury, the director of the track and field/cross country program said.

After last week, the Cyclones have five top-15 ranked men’s event squads while the women have four in the top 20. The biggest one out of them all is the men’s 800-meter run at No. 1 with an average time of 1:44:47.

Senior Nehemia Too broke his own school record with a 3:57 minute mile. Too will look to build more on that this weekend.

“Nehemia is on fire,” Sudbury said. “We knew he had a lot more in the tank after Arkansas, so we decided to create an opportunity at the Iowa State Classic. We still think there’s more there and we’re looking forward to a few more opportunities for him to make it even faster.”

Sudbury also commented on the 13 PRs set last weekend and the high hopes trending for this Cyclone squad.

“Anytime you can get an athlete to have a personal best, I think it just shows that we’re trending in the right direction and that the training is going well,” Sudbury said. “To have 13 [PRs] at home I think definitely keeps morale really high and the expectations for Big 12’s right on pace.”

Senior Katarina Vlahovic, ranked second in the Big 12, just missed her personal record last weekend in the 60 meter hurdles.

Freshman Jack Latham had his Cyclone debut and rose up to 4th in the Big 12 breaking eight seconds on a new hurdle height. Additionally, Callie Logue will make her return to the 3,000-meter event and Chad Johnson will also compete in the 3,000-meter.

Cyclones will run the 3,000 and 5,000-meter run on Friday afternoon in Washington and at the Tyson invite, Iowa State will be competing in the long jump, 60-meter dash, 60-meter hurdles, and 400-meter dash Friday.

Saturday events at the Husky Classic are the men’s mile and the women’s 800-meter run. The events for the Tyson invite will be the women’s triple jump, men’s 800-meter, 200-meter dash, and women’s 4×400-meter relay.