Iowa State track and field set to take on Dutch Invitational


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Thrower Kevin Sakson at the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa on April 30. Sakson finished fourth in the shot put on a day-best throw of 19.00 meters to earn his second Drake Relays medal. He was runner-up in the discus in 2021 after recording a throw of 55.23 meters.

Owen Slinde, Sports Reporter

The Cyclones will have a short road trip this weekend to participate in the Dutch Invitational at Central College in Pella, Iowa, Friday.

The one-day event will consist mainly of the younger Cyclones, with the throwers and multi-event athletes will be working on certain events.

The women are set to compete in the shot put, discus, hammer throw, javelin, 100-meter hurdles, 400-meter hurdles, high jump and long jump.

For the men, while they don’t have anyone competing in the 400-meter hurdles, they are competing in all the same events as the women, along with some others. They are also competing in the 200 meters, 400 meters, 800 meters and the 1,500 meters.

Three Cyclones men’s squads ranked in the top 10 in the first national event rankings of the outdoor season. They are third nationally in the 800-meter and 5,000-meter run, and they are eight in the 1,500-meter run. 

For the women, they have two squads in the top 10. They are eighth in the 5,000-meter run and ninth in the 400-meter hurdles.

The Cyclones saw varying success over the start of the outdoor season.

The first 4×400-meter relay of the outdoor season was historic for the women’s squad. They shattered a school record that was held for 10 years with a time of 3:35.58.

Zach Podraza also recorded the third-best javelin throw in Iowa State history at the Texas Relays with a throw of 68.23 meters. 

Distance runners had five top-10 program performances at the Stanford Invitational. Many athletes achieved double-digit personal record time reductions, with Gable Sieperda setting a PR (13:40.04) and Kelvin Bungei also setting a PR (13:52.57) in the 5,000 meters respectively. 

In the discus, Cam Jones just missed the mark for the final slot, placing 10th while Kevin Sakson moved onto the finals placing fifth, just a foot off his personal record. For the women, Emily March notched sixth place in the discus throw surpassing her season best by 10 feet.

Cailie Logue finished the 5,000-meter event in 15:36.40, the fastest time in the Big 12, and 12th overall in the world this season. Her time was almost four seconds faster than her previous best and was third all-time at Iowa State. 

Also in the 5,000-meter event, Dana Feyen notched the eighth-best time in Iowa State history, dropping 17 seconds off her personal best and finishing in seventh place. 

Ezekiel Rop had the eighth-fastest time in program history 3:40.96 to win his division in the 1,500-meter race. Rop’s time comes in at No. 1 in the Big 12, tenth in the NCAA and twenty-sixth overall. The Dutch Invitational starts at 11 a.m. Friday with the hammer, while running is set to start at 2 p.m Friday. Live stats for the meet can be found here.