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Three Big Takeaways: Cyclones earn All-American honors across the board on day two

Jacob Rice/Iowa State Daily
Cailie Logue

The Cyclones kept the good vibes rolling into night two of the NCAA Outdoor Championships as every Cyclone athlete finished with All-American honors.

After setting records to make it to nationals, the three athletes competing had just one more chance to impress during the season. With everything on the line, every Cyclone put on a show in their respective events.

Janette Schraft makes history again

Janette Schraft was the first Cyclone to compete on the second night of the NCAA Outdoor Championships as she lined up with a strong group in the 3,000-meter steeplechase.

Schraft was used to making history as she was the first ever Iowa State woman to compete at nationals in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. She earned that honor after qualifying with a time of 10:02:55 at the West Preliminaries.

Schraft didn’t crack under pressure with the best athletes in the event surrounding her. She put on another dominant display to nearly achieve the same mark.

Although Schraft was just short of making it to the finals in the event, she logged a 10:05.58 to take 17th place. That placing was good enough to earn Honorable Mention All-American honors.

With the season officially over for Schraft, she goes down as the first women’s steeplechase All-American in Iowa State history.

Sydney Willits jumps to All-American honors

Sydney Willits set a historic mark at the West Preliminaries to earn a spot in the Outdoor Championships.

With a long jump of 6.42 meters, Willits secured fourth place to qualify for nationals. Her jump also moved her up to the third-best jump in Iowa State history.

Surrounded by talented athletes, Willits needed to get close to her personal best if she wanted a shot at a top spot. After the dust had settled, the top-five athletes finished with long jumps past Willits’ personal best.

Willits ended her season with a 16th-place finish at nationals with a jump of 6.01 meters. Although Willits didn’t replicate her previous-best jump, it was good enough for her to earn Second Team All-American honors. 

Willits is now only the eighth woman in Iowa State history to earn All-American honors in the long jump. She is also the first since 2018.

Cailie Logue closes the curtain on day two

Logue was the last Cyclone to compete Thursday night as she raced in the 10,000-meter run.

Logue qualified for nationals after finishing sixth at the West Preliminaries with a time of 32:37.13. Logue kept her running consistent at nationals by running to nearly the exact same finish.

Logue finished in sixth place at nationals with a time of 33:06.86. She was able to hold off the rest of the pack at the end to hang on to her sixth-place finish by less than 10 seconds. Logue was also less than 10 seconds from cracking the top five.

With the second day of competition wrapped up, Logue finished her first event of nationals by earning First Team All-American honors.

With Logue also becoming an All-American, all the Cyclones that competed on the second day of competition earned All-American status. 

Next up for Iowa State will be the 1,500-meter finals, where Ezekiel Rop looks to dominate yet again. The 1,500-meter finals are set to begin at 8:12 p.m. Friday.

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