Cyclone track and field takes on four meets in California


Addi Heinson competing in the 400m Lied Recreational Center in the ISU Holiday Invitational on Dec. 10, 2022.

The Cyclones will get used to the California weather as they will have entries in four different meets this week.

As many are this time of year, coach Jeremy Sudbury has been enjoying the spring weather.

“We’ll typically stretch and meet here at the indoor facility, and now we’re able to utilize the Cyclone Sports Complex. We’ll either drive out there or have our middle-distance and up runners jog out as a warm-up,” Sudbury said.

Additionally, the team has been able to take advantage of their home courses instead of the 45-minute drives between sites.

“We can now also use our cross country course more and also those dirt roads for a softer surface,” Sudbury said. “We’re full-fledged outdoors–no more working out inside the rest of the year.”

The Long Beach Invitational will be more for the field events along with the short-distance events.

“The biggest thing for us is each meet has certain events that it’s known for,” Sudbury said. “Those events [field and short-distance] tend to do well in that warmer setting as well as having a well-structured outline.”

The Bryan Clay Invitational will be more for the multi-event athletes and long-distance runners.

The Mt. SAC Relays don’t take many entries as it is more of an elite meet. Therefore, some of the NCAA national athletes will compete at that meet.

Sudbury mentioned how he enjoyed seeing the athletes who hadn’t really gotten the chance to compete show what they could do last week.

“Just for our throwers to get those reps in was great,” Sudbury said. “That’s kind of coach O’Mara’s philosophy and strategy. Lots and lots of volume.”

The throwers will compete in the Pacific Coast Intercollegiate beginning Thursday.

Jack Latham made his outdoor debut, going out to a 110m hurdle time of 14.48. Fellow freshman Alec Carr posted a season-best of 14.70 for third place.

Last week, Sydney Willits claimed first in the long jump while also getting an outdoor best of 6.21 meters. That mark also puts her fifth all-time in program history in that event.

In the national rankings, the Cyclone women have the 400-meter hurdles group ranked 10th and the 5,000-meter run ranked ninth. The men have both the third-ranked 800-meter run and 5,000-meter run, the seventh-ranked 1,500-meter run and the seventh-ranked shot put.

The Bryan Clay Invitational, Mt. SAC Relays, Long Beach Invitational and Pacific Coast Intercollegiate are next for the Cyclones on April 13-15 in California.