Cyclones race to college station to participate in the NCAA Indoor Championships

Kobe Gaines

The Iowa State women’s track and field team will have three entries at the 2018 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships. Texas A&M will host the event in College Station, on March 9-10th. The Cyclone women will be represented by All-American Senior Jhoanmy Luque in the long jump and triple jump. All-American Junior Jasmine Staebler will be holding it down for the distance team as she runs in the 800-meter run. Both athletes are in the top of their fields in the NCAA. Luque currently ranks 5th in the triple jump and 8th in the long jump. Staebler ranks 9th in the 800m.

“Both of them have had amazing seasons this year,” Coach Andrea Grove-McDonough said about the two Cyclones. “They both will represent this team and this university very well at the NCAA Indoor Championships.”

The Big 12 tournament was a business trip for the Venezuelan, as she swept all competition in both the long jump and triple jump to win her second straight Big 12 titles. Luque recorded season-highs of 21-1 1/4 (6.43m) in the long jump and 44-4 (13.51m) in the triple jump. The senior had the best legal jumps out of all of the competition. She is using her Big 12 success to get national stardom at Texas A&M. Last season at nationals Luque finished 9th in the triple jump and 12th in the long jump.

“The Big 12s was another great experience,” said Luque. “I was able to defend my titles and get great marks on both of my jumps. For the NCAAs I want to focus on getting first. I will enjoy going out there and wearing cardinal and gold for the last time this weekend. I am excited to be participating with Jasmine again, I know she will give her all.”

Staebler is returning to the NCAA Indoor Championships in the 800m for the second straight year. Last year the All-American finished 6th, with Oregon’s Raevyn Rogers taking first. At the Big 12 Indoor Championships Staebler ran herself to a silver medal finish in the 800m. This was her second straight time getting the medal. She also added a gold medal in the distance medley relay, running anchor for the Cyclones. The Cyclone received First Team All-America honors last year at nationals and is pushing for yet another honor.

“I am excited to compete,” said Staebler. “I would love to make the finals once again. The Big 12s was exciting and I am hoping to use that momentum to carry me into nationals. I love Iowa State, teh support system is fantastic. I would happy to become an All-American again. I am lucky to be participating in this event with Jhoanmy. We have both been here before and are ready to wear the cardinal and gold.”

All competition at the NCAA Indoor Championships will be streamed live on ESPN broadcast.