Iowa State men’s track and field finish strong at Drake Relays

Iowa State sophomore Roshon Roomes closes the race for the Cyclones in the Sprint Medley at the Drake Relays. Roomes and the Cyclones edged out Iowa for first place.

Zane Douglas

This seems familiar.

Iowa State men’s track and field had another great day at the Drake Relays in Des Moines and it was highlighted with a déja vu moment in the sprint medley relay.

“I got Roshon in the right position, and he was able to execute,” said senior Jaymes Dennison.

Dennison ran the third leg of the sprint medley relay, and he has been turning it on lately for the Cyclones with some outstanding performances and he showed it again on Saturday, but it was teammate Roshon Roomes who came out as the hero for the Cyclones.

Roomes ran the anchor 800-meter leg of the relay and started it trailing Iowa’s anchor Tysen VanDraska.

Roomes slowly made up ground through the first lap and when it came down to the final 100 meters, Roomes and VanDraska were neck and neck.

Roomes was able to turn on the jets and outlast VanDraska propelling the Cyclones to a victory finishing with an overall time of 3:17.73.

Logan Schneider, Ka’Ven Berry, Dennison and Roomes were who the Cyclones sent out for the relay and none of them specialize in sprinting, but that didn’t stop them.

“It really motivated me to keep going and not fold,” Roomes said about Jaymes similar come-from-behind victory yesterday in the anchor leg.

Earlier in the day, the Cyclones just missed another first place relay finish when they placed second in the distance medley relay.

The coaches mixed things up in this by sending out junior Eric Fogltanz for the 400-meter leg and saving Dennison and Roomes for the spring medley relay.

Fogltanz, however, impressed with a 46-second split in the second place effort for the Cyclones that ended with Edwin Kurgat just being outlasted by Tulsa’s Mark Middleton.

“Last 50 meters I forgot what I was doing,” Fogltanz said about the race.

Later in the day, a recognizable face appeared in an unrecognizable uniform.

Andrew Jordan is redshirting his sophomore outdoor season, but he was in Des Moines running the mile unattached.

“It’s a lot different,” Jordan said. “You’re really only focused on yourself.”

Jordan was able to post a solid time of 4:05.28 without much pressure on him to do well.

The Cyclones finished the day with a solid performance from Zach Black who turned in his best 800-meter time of the season at 1:50.58.

The Cyclone-Hawkeye rivalry grew on Saturday and Dennison is feeling good about it.

“It’s like the Olympics to them,” Dennison said jokingly about the Hawkeyes.

It sure feels that way.