Cyclones show success at Drake Relays


Lee Chinyama

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

It was a great day for running as the Cyclones took on day two of the Drake Relays.

To start things off, Thai Thompson cemented second place in the decathlon pole vault clearing a height of 4.5 meters.

In the 1,500-meter run, Levi Taylor set a personal record with a time of 3:52.46. Freshman Aidan Manning wasn’t too far behind, clocking in at 4:00.28.

In the 800-meter, Makayla Clark finished second in the unseeded division with a time of 2:08.33, just .21 seconds after first. On the men’s side of the 800-meter run, James Olivier took first in the unseeded division with a personal best of 1:48.45, and teammate Tyler Carreon finished with an impressive time of 1:49.72. An impressive performance, with two Cyclones going sub-1:50.

The 3k Steeplechase had two strong performances for the Cyclones. Kelvin Bungei set a new personal record of 8:49.31, finishing eighth, nearly cracking the top-10 in Iowa State history. Quinton Orr finished just behind Kelvin with a time of 8:57.46.

Madelynn Hill dominated her personal record in the 5k race with a mark of 16:13.42. Crushing her previous record by 46 seconds and just four seconds shy of the top 10 in school history. She finished the event 11th.

In the men’s 5k, Edwin Kurgat was on top of the podium with a time of 13:34.11. Rodgers Rotich finished fourth with 13:55.95, almost grabbing a personal record. Chad Johnson got 11th with a mark of 14:03.11, and Timothy Sindt finished 22nd with a time of 14:20.98.

The Cyclones will continue with the Drake Relays tomorrow as well as the Kip Janvrin Open. The Penn Relays start Sunday.