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Three Big Takeaways: Cyclones set records at Hawkeye Invitational

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Jason Gomez runs in the 2021 Iowa State Classic on Friday in Lied Recreation Athletic Center. 

Iowa State wrapped up a two-day event in Iowa City, Iowa, at the Hawkeye Invitational. Both the men and the women faced tough competition at the in-state meet but shined through in a handful of events.

Here are the three big takeaways from the Hawkeye Invitational:

Throwers shine on day one

The Cyclone men showed up in a big way in the throwing events over the weekend. 

In the weight throw, Cam Jones placed first with a throw of 22.16 meters. The Cyclones had another top finisher with Daniel Norris placing third with a throw of 20.76 meters.

Iowa State placed two more throwers in the top 10, with Zach Verzani placing seventh (18.30 meters) and Garret Wagner placing eighth (18.27 meters). 

On the women’s side, Kaitlyn Burson opened her season with the second-best throw in Iowa State history with a 20.40-meter throw. That throw was good for second in the event.

Men place top two in 600-meter race

The Iowa State men grabbed the top two finishes in the 600-meter race. 

Darius Kipyego won the event with a time of 1:17.58. Right behind him was Jason Gómez who placed second with a time of 1:18.00. 

Kipyego’s time was a new personal best for himself and set a new meet record. The Cyclones had one more runner place in the top five with Finley Mclear placing fourth with a time of 1:18.16.

New PRs and meet records

Iowa State sophomore Makayla Clark set a new PR for herself in the 400-meter race. Clark ran a blistering 56.41 in the event which was good enough to place her second overall in the event.

In the mile race, Silas Winders secured a meet record with a time of 4:02.27. That was good enough for first place.

Two other Cyclones placed in the top five, as Gable Sieperda took second with a time of 4:04.98 and Seth Clevenger finished fourth with a time of 4:07.62.

The Cyclones will be back in action Friday at home for the Cyclone Open.

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