Iowa State sends three to NCAA Indoor Championships


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.

Owen Slinde, Sports Reporter

Iowa State will send three competitors to the NCAA Indoors Championships in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Cebastian Gentil and Jason Gómez will compete in the 800-meter run, and Cam Jones will compete in the throwing event.

“Big 12s was solid, and our goal is to always be in the top half of the conference, and we completed that on both sides,” Jeremy Sudbury said. “I think we could’ve done a little more on both the men and women’s side, but that’s what happens in this sport.”

“Cam Jones is coming off a lifetime best, a mark that puts him fourth in the country, so he has a lot of momentum going into this weekend,” Sudbury said. “We’re really excited to see if he can get himself onto the All-American board in top eight scoring.” 

Jones is the third Cyclone weight thrower to participate in the indoor championships.

“Cebastian ended up being the Big 12 runner-up in the 800, barely losing to a guy that’s ranked ahead of him nationally, and seeing him compete that way without fear is awesome,” Sudbury said.

Gómez and Gentil both qualified at the Tyson Invitational Feb. 11 with a sub-1:47. Gentil’s qualifying time ranks third all-time in Iowa State history, while Gómez’s qualifying time of 1:46.53 is second in Iowa State history. 

Nationally, Gómez enters the NCAA Indoor Championships with the fourth-fastest time and Gentil with the eighth-fastest time.

“Jason has had some mega ups and mega downs throughout his career, and typically he has been consistent in these national meets,” Sudbury said.

This will be the second time Gómez advances to the indoor championships and the first time for Gentil. Iowa State is one of only two schools to have multiple participants in the 800-meter run over the weekend.

The championships start Friday and will end Saturday.