Record breaking continues at Texas Relays


Tyler Coe

Alec Carr competes in the 60m hurdles at Lied Recreational Center in the ISU Holiday Invitational on Dec. 10, 2022.

At the Texas Relays, Iowa State opened the first day with the 400-meter hurdles, the 800-meter run, and the javelin. By recording the third-best javelin mark in school history, Zach Podraza made the day stand out.

In just his second competition as a Cyclone, Podraza set a new personal best in the javelin to start the action for the team. The senior’s 211-03 score put him in seventh place on the ISU all-time list as the day began, but he raised it on two of his attempts during the competition. Podraza placed fourth in the Section B Finals and is currently ranked No. 3 with a distance of 223-10 (68.23m).

Freshman Makayla Clark finished the 800 meter in 2:08.28 seconds which was .31 seconds slower than her best. In the men’s 800 meter, both Peter Smith and Jason Gómez finished in under 1:50 with Smith leading the Cyclones with a time of 1:48.38, .33 seconds slower than his personal best. Gómez finished 12th in 1:49.06.

With a timing of 1:00.56, Zakiyah Amos almost broke the one-minute barrier in the 400-meter hurdles. In the timed finals, the senior finished eighth overall after winning her heat.

In the men’s 400-meter hurdles, freshman Alec Carr won his heat in 54.93, beating his previous record of 56.37 during his outdoor debut at the UCF Invitational. In the finals, Carr came in 28th place.

At the Texas Relays, the 4×400-meter relay team broke the school record. Distance runners also performed well, setting several major personal records and turning in five top-10 team performances at the Stanford Invite.

The women did the same thing they did when they broke the indoor 4×400-meter relay record set in 2013 when they ran the relay for the first time this outdoor season for Iowa State. The team of Bria Barnes, Zakiyah Amos, Rachel Joseph, and Makayla Clark broke the previous record of 3:36.22 by clocking in at 3:35.58.

Two steeplechasers improved their ranking at the Stanford Invitational by setting new personal records. Janette Schraft improved her record to No. 3 in Iowa State history with a time of 10:07.70, ranking sixth in Section one. Less than four seconds separate the time from the school record. With a tremendous personal record of nearly 17 seconds, Kiki Connell moved up four places in the records to No. 4 with a time of 10:21.41. Connell finished first in her division.31 seconds later.

Cailie Logue competed in the 5,000-meter race and ran a time of 15:36.40 to place fifth in the invitational division, moving up to No. 3 in Iowa State history. Logue decreased her personal record time established in 2019 by over four seconds.

Dana Feyen won the second leg of the 5,000-meter race and finished sixth overall in Iowa State history. Feyen improved by little over 17 seconds over her previous best to get seventh in 15:58.33, breaking the 16-minute barrier.

With a timing of 3:40.96, Ezekiel Rop finished first in his division of the 1,500m run and entered the top-10 of the competition. In school history, the time is the eighth-fastest.

The Cyclones are back in action April 7 at Central College in Pella, Iowa.