Few competitors make big impact at Sun Angel Track Invitational


Emily Blobaum/Iowa State Daily

ISU senior Brandon Wheat keeps his pace during the men’s 1000-meter at the Big 12 Indoor Championships at the Lied Rec Center Feb. 26. Wheat would go on to place 4th in the preliminaries with a time of 2:26.94, qualifying him for the finals. 

Allison Walters

Though the ISU track and field team had a small number of athletes compete at the Sun Angel Track Classic, the team still managed to make a strong impact at the meet hosted by Arizona State.

In the 800-meter run, The Cyclones went 1-2 when Brandon Wheat and Jacob Aune ran with times of 1:50.76 and 1:50.92. Aune’s close second place finishing time is a personal best for the senior.

Nace Plesko had a successful meet competing in the shot put and discus. A personal best throw of 57-7 ½ (17.56m) gave Plesko a second place finish in the open shot put. The Solvenia native also placed 13th in the discus finishing with 156-5.

Daniel Everett earned a sixth place finish in the mile with a time of 4:03.16. A little over a second behind Everett was Brian Llamas, who took ninth place with a time of 4:04.73.

In the shot put, Jan Jeuschede had a personal best throw of 60-3 (18.36m) finishing in fourth place overall. Alexandru Mitrica closes out the meet with a second place finish in the triple jump at 49-10 ½. 

The Cyclones will have a busy upcoming weekend as the team splits between the Mt. SAC Relays and the Brian Clay Invitational in California and the Jim Duncan Invitational in Des Moines. Action will start on Thursday and continue until Sunday.