Iowa State women’s track and field finish day one of the Big 12 Championship


Emily Blobaum/Iowa State Daily

Iowa State junior Jhoanmy Luque competes in the women’s triple jump at the Drake Relays in Des Moines April 29, 2017. Luque finished second with a best jump of 13.12 meters, behind Tori Franklin, who competed unattached. 

Kobe Gaines

Day one of the Big 12 Indoor Championship was one for the books. The Cyclones pulled in major personal bests from the field to the track events earning a first place spot with 43 points and a half a point ahead of Kansas. 

Jhoanmy Luque shined once again, winning the long jump for the Cyclones. She had the best jumps of any competitor. Luque’s best jump was 21-1 ¼. In flight one,

Jalaiya Bartley finished 15th with a best jump of 18-3. The two with both participate in the triple jump tomorrow.

“This is a dream come true, but it is not complete,” Luque said. “I would love to win the triple jump tomorrow to complete the streak.”

The 5000-meter run for the Cyclones was full of top finishes. Anne Frisbie raced to second, Amanda Vestri placed third, Kelly Naumann finished sixth, Megan Schott and Karly Ackley rounded the pack out for the Cyclones at 10th and 11th.

In the 800-meter, All-American Jasmine Staebler automatically qualified for tomorrow’s final in 2:09.44. Maggie Davis finished fifth with a time of 2:15.31. In the women’s 1,000-meter, Larkin Chapman will be the top seed in tomorrow’s final after a personal record 2:49.19, moving her to ninth in Iowa State history for the event. Erinn Stenman-Fahey also advanced to the final with a time of 2:51.12.

The women’s distance medley relay became Big 12 champions with Chapman, Whigham, Stenman-Fahey & Stabler claiming the Big 12 title.

Day one was an good start to the weekend with a busy day tomorrow.

Coach Andrea Grove-McDonough said, “it was terrific.”