Iowa State track sets new school record at Notre Dame

Junior Christian DeLago runs in the men’s mile at the Big 12 Indoor Championships. DeLago placed seventh in the event with a time of 4:13.52.

Mike Burvee

Big things can come in small packages, and that’s exactly what happened this weekend for the Iowa State men’s track team.

Only six athletes traveled to South Bend, Indiana, on Saturday. The Cyclones competed in three events and all lead to positive results.

Two of the six were long distance runners in Kevyn Hoyos and Christian Delago, both highly experienced in competition. Hoyos ended up running a personal record in the mile with a time of 4:03, finishing in third place.

“He closed the last 200 very fast, which was good,” assistant coach Jeremy Sudbury said. “We’re excited for him going into the conference championship.”

The next event for the Cyclones was the open 800-meter run, which Delago competed in. He finished second in his section with a time of 1:51.18. Only one other runner ended up with a better time in the event overall.

“This race was more tactical,” Sudbury said. “His last 200 he lit it up, going from eighth or ninth to second in that stretch. He was only beat out by a guy who averages 1:49 in his 800.”

The final event of the meet was the 4×400 relay. Eric Fogltanz, Ben Kelly, Roshon Roomes and Jaymes Dennison combined to run a time of 3:05.61. They not only won the event but they also broke the previous school record.

“We were very upset and disappointed as a program after last weekend’s meet,” Sudbury said. “I think that the guys used that result to motivate them to compete even harder this weekend.”

The coaching staff knew that a team like this, competing as well as they have, could do something special like they did today. After seeing their hard work come to fruition the staff is excited to see what they will do next.

“We were most proud of them in the fact that they competed and won,” Sudbury said. “They were on a mission, and they delivered.”