Cyclone Men’s track and field overcome a last place Friday finish

Cassidy Miller )

Iowa State men’s track team struggled the first day of the Razorback Invitational to overtake the competition, but the second day of the meet gave the Cyclones hope.

Multi-event athlete senior Taylor Sanderson had a personal record breaking weekend in the Razorback state, starting on Friday.  Sanderson finished seventh in the 60 meter dash with a PR of 7.09 then, he placed fourth in the long jump, shot put and high jump with a 23-8 ¾, 44-6, and 6-5, respectively.

On day two of the meet, Sanderson broke two more personal records: in the pole vault he cleared the bar with a 14-1 ¼ and shed almost two seconds off of his previous PR on the 1,000 meter with a time of 2:42.95.

Once again, distance was the Cyclone’s strong suit. Freshman Dan Curtis claimed first with a time of 8:20.02, while Josef Andrews took tenth with a time of 8:33.96. In the men’s one mile, junior Christian DeLago took fifth with a time of 4:00.97. Mid distance also proved profitable with a tenth place finish in 1:50.37.

Deon Sanders placed ninth in the 400 meter dash, along with the ISU 4×400 relay team.

On the field side of the meet, Alexandru Mitirica took third with a 52-4 ¾, and Jan Jeuschede finished fifth in the shot put with a throw of 60-5 1/4.

Iowa State worked hard and overcame a last place Friday finish, to finish Saturday with a total of 32.3 points and a ninth place finish.

Up next the Cyclones travel a little closer to home when they head to Lincoln, Neb., for the Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational, starting Friday and wrapping up on Saturday.