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Three Big Takeaways: Cyclones stumble at Tyson Invitational

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Sam Petri
Iowa State shot-putter Blake Veenstra lines up to throw for 17.29m at the Cyclone Open track and field event in Leid Recreational center on Jan. 19, 2024.

The Cyclones struggled in their road meet in Fayetteville, Arkansas, but had some bright spots at the Tyson Invitational.

The Tyson Invitational had some of the best teams in the nation competing in it, which showed in the standings.

Here are the three big takeaways from the Tyson Invitational:

Men’s mile continues to show out

In the past couple of meets, the men’s one-mile race has been a strong suit for the Cyclones and the Tyson Invitational was no different.

Junior Silas Winders won the event with a personal best time of 3:59.88. Placing in fifth place was junior Quinton Orr with a personal best time of 4:04.23.

Cyclones have great showing in weight throw

The least shocking result of the weekend was in the weight throw. This season, the Cyclones have dominated the men’s and women’s sides.

For the women, senior Kaitlyn Burson placed second with a throw of 20.85 meters.

Then on the men’s side of the event, junior Cam Jones continued his great season, also placing second with a throw of 22.32 meters, which was a season best for him.

Cyclones will look to put the meet behind them

The Cyclones struggled more in the Tyson Invitational than they have in any other meet this season.

The Cyclones have nothing to hang their heads about though. The Tyson Invitational put Iowa State against some of the best teams in the nation. The Cyclones might not have a tougher meet this season.

The Tyson Invitational will be a learning experience for the teams going forward this season. The Cyclones will hit the road again in a week when they travel to Iowa City, Iowa, to compete in the Iowa Open.

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