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Three Big Takeaways: Cyclones run away with Iowa State Classic

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Cebastian Gentil (left) and Darius Kipyego (right) walk off the track at Lied Recreational Center in the ISU Holiday Invitational on Dec. 10, 2022.

The Iowa State Cyclones spent Saturday at home hosting the Iowa State Classic and used home field advantage to see a handful of Cyclones have solid finishes.

The field was full of tough competition from all over the state and the surrounding area. The Cyclones stood strong with the challenge and finished the day on high notes.

Here are the three big takeaways from the Iowa State Classic:

Throwers shine once again

Seemingly the norm in nearly every meet this season, the Iowa State throwers found success in the Iowa State Classic.

The men were led by junior Cam Jones who placed first with a throw of 21.37 meters. Jones was followed by Daniel Norris (20.20 meters) who placed fifth, Garret Wagner (19.20 meters) who got ninth and Zach Verzani (18.74 meters) who was good enough for 10th.

The women were led by senior Kaitlyn Burson (20.31 meters) who placed first, followed by Ella O’Neall who placed seventh (16.39 meters) and Betty Rosvold who placed eighth (16.29 meters).

Having first-place finishers in both throwing events was almost as impressive as all the top-10 finishers.

Men dominate 800-meter

The men’s 800-meter dash this season has been a strong point for the Cyclones, and Saturday was no different.

The Cyclones placed four in the top five. The Cyclones were led by junior Darius Kipyego who placed first (1:46.71). Behind him in second was Finley McLear (1:47.08), third was Jason Gomez (1:47.56) and in fifth Tyler Carreon (1:48.87).

Men’s mile sees four top-eight finishers

Just like the men’s 800 meters, the men’s mile has also seen great results throughout this season.

Said Mechaal led Iowa State with a second-place finish (3:57.29). Close behind him was Rodgers Rotich who placed third (4:03.55), Kelvin Bungei got fifth (4:05.30) and Emanuel Galdino placed eighth (4:06.67).

The Cyclones will look to improve on the results from the weekend as they travel back to Fayetteville, Arkansas, for the second time in three weeks to compete in the Tyson Invitational.

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