The Big 12 Indoor Championship comes to Ames for the weekend

Kobe Gaines

The Big 12 Indoor Championship is back in Ames for the sixth straight time. The No. 21 Cyclones are back on their home field to take on the conference. The women have been on fire the past weeks and are back at Lied Recreation Athletic Center to keep rolling.

“I am excited for the team to get individual titles,” Coach Andrea Grove-McDonough said about her team. “I want to see them build of the last to weeks and leave it all out there. If we can’t get excited for the Big 12 Indoor Championship then something is wrong with us.”

Jhoanmy Luque is ready to defend her titles in the long jump and triple jump for the Cyclones. The Venezuelan is looking to secure another Big 12 Indoor Performer of the Year. The All-American is the top seed in the conference for the triple jump and the No. 2 seed in the long jump. Luque got the week off last weekend so she did not participate in the Nebraska Tune-up. She has been fixing up her technique and approach all week.

“Coach and I have been working on my technique and approach in the jumps for the championship,” said Luque. “I have felt good mentally and physically this week, which I think will benefit me in the jumps. I have to be ready for some tough competition this week. I am first overall in the triple jump and second overall in the long jump. I want to secure both top spots this weekend.”

On the track, Jasmine Staebler is looking to win her first conference title this weekend. Staebler leads the conference in the 800 meter with a time of 2:03.59 back from the Razorback Invitational last month. She has secured herself a spot in the NCAA Indoor Championship so the Big 12 Championship is a meet for Staebler to perfect her craft.

“I am excited about the opportunity,” said Staebler. “The team has been amazing this year, coach has prepared us for every meet, to the best of her ability. We just have to go out there like it is our last. I am excited that Maggie and I both get to run together this weekend.”

The Cyclones are looking for more of the athletes to join Luque and Staebler in the NCAA Indoor Championship. Strong outings this weekend can get others to join in on the Indoor Championship. The women start their meet at 10 a.m. on Friday and on 11 a.m. on Saturday.

“The team needs to have their best performances of the season,” said Grove-McDonough. “This is war for us and hopefully we will be the last women standing.”

The Iowa State entries for the Big 12 Indoor Championship:

600y Run: Laurel Hoogensen

800m Run: Maggie Davis, Jasmine Staebler

1,000m Run: Larkin Chapman, Erinn Stenman-Fahey

Mile: Evelyne Guay, Gwynne Wright

3,000m Run: Karly Ackley, Anne Frisbie, Evelyne Guay, Kelly Naumann, Megan Schott, Amanda Vestri

5,000m Run: Karly Ackley, Anne Frisbie, Kelly Naumann, Megan Schott, Amanda Vestri

60m Hurdles: Tasha Frazier

4x400m Relay: One Team

Distance Medley Relay: One Team

Long Jump: Jalaiya Bartley, Jhoanmy Luque

Triple Jump: Jalaiya Bartley, Jhoanmy Luque

Shot Put: Essence Henderson, Keiara Williams

Weight Throw: Tessa Krempel, Christabel Okeke, Megan Wiese

Pentathlon: Emily Coghill, Emma Whigham