Iowa State men’s track and field has a strong first couple days of the weekend in California


Emily Blobaum/Iowa State Daily

Iowa State redshirt sophomore Dan Curts makes a move to the front of the pack during the men’s distance medley relay at the Drake Relays in Des Moines April 29. The Cyclones finished ninth in 10:02.25.

Zane Douglas

Iowa State men’s track and field got off to a good start on Thursday and Friday in Azusa and Stanford, California.

On Thursday, sophomores Stanley Langat and John Nownes kicked off the weekend in the Bryan Clay Invitational with a couple solid times in the 5000-meter run. Langat recorded his best time of the season with a finish of 14:17.39. Nownes followed that up with his personal record by over 20 seconds with a time of 14:11.34.

On Friday, junior Greyson Dolezal finished with his personal record in the 1500-meter run with a time of 3:54.07. Sophomore Edwin Kurgat was next up in that event and didn’t disappoint with a personal best of 3.47.41.

The Cardinal Classic also started strong for the Cyclones as junior Eric Fogltanz set his personal record and finished second in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 51.48. Fogltanz was beat by Michigan’s Taylor McLaughlin by less than a second.

In the 800-meter run, sophomore Ka’Ven Berry finished first in his section with a time of 1:54.52 while sophomore Festus Lagat and freshman Frank Hayes finished fourth and fifth in the 800-meter run invite with times of 1:51.19 and 1:52.19, respectively.

In the 5000-meter run invite, redshirt junior Dan Curts set his personal record with a time of 13:45.69 and it helped him to hold his own in a tough field by earning 11th.

After seeing success on Friday, the Cardinal Classic continues as the Michael Johnson Invitational gets underway for Iowa State.