ISU men’s track, field finishes inside top 10 at NCAA Indoor National Championships


Jessica Darland/Iowa State Daily

Senior Edward Kemboi received first place in the men’s 800-meter run with a time of 1:48.68. The Big 12 Indoor Championship took place at Lied Recreation Athletic Center on Feb. 28. Texas took the trophies for both men’s and women’s track and field.

Kyle Heim

The size of the squad the ISU men’s track and field team sent to the NCAA Indoor National Championships can be counted on one hand.

But one hand isn’t near enough to count the list of accomplishments the team made throughout the two-day event.

Senior Edward Kemboi got the Cyclones off to a fast start after finishing in first in the preliminaries of the 800-meter. 

But the highlight of day one came in the distance medley relay, which was led by Kemboi. Redshirt senior Brandon Barnes, redshirt senior Patrick Peterson and redshirt sophomore Christian DeLago followed Kemboi in the race, each contributing to a third place team finish in the event. 

Redshirt senior Cameron Ostrowski led off day two of competition for Iowa State in the high jump. He placed ninth overall with a mark of 2.20 meters. 

Just as he started strong, Kemboi finished strong. In the 800-meter finals, the last race for Iowa State’s men’s team, Kemboi topped the field with a time of 1:46.05, earning the national title. 

The Cyclones finished in a three-way tie for ninth place with USC and Akron.