Iowa State University is set to host the 2015 Big 12 Outdoor Track and Field Championships Friday, May 15 to Sunday, May 17 at the Cyclone Sports Complex, marking the first time ISU has hosted an outdoor conference championship meet in the Big 12 era and the first time since the 1995 Big Eight Outdoor Track and Field Championships. The Cyclone Sports Complex opened in 2012, and this will be its first official collegiate outdoor track meet.
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National No. 10 Katy Moen enters the championships as the No. 1 seed in the 10,000-meter run at 8:15 p.m. on Friday. She holds a two-second seed time advantage over Baylor’s Rachel Johnson. The two runners squared off at the Indoor Championships in the 3,000-meter run with Johnson taking first and Moen finishing second. Both athletes set Big 12 meet records in the race, with Johnson bettering Moen by two seconds. The Fairbank, Iowa native will look to round out her Big 12 career that already includes four All-Big 12 track and field finishes.
2015 Big 12 indoor 800-meter and 1,000-meter champion, Edward Kemboi, will look to defend his title in the 800-meter run at 5:55 p.m. CT on Saturday. The Kenyan rewrote conference history during the indoor season becoming the first athlete to win back-to-back 800-meter and 1,000-meter titles at the Big 12 Championships in consecutive years. Kemboi cruised to the 800-meter title in 1:48.68 before claiming the national title in Fayetteville, Arkansas in 1:46.05. He currently ranks fifth in the nation after crossing the finish line in 1:46.17 at the Payton Jordan Invitational.
Taylor Sanderson kicks off day one for the Cyclones in the decathlon starting at 11 a.m. CT with the 100-meter dash. The Bondurant, Iowa native ranks 15th nationally and first in the Big 12 with a total score of 7,360 set at the Mt. SAC Relays. Sanderson is the current Iowa State record holder in the indoor heptathlon and holds the second-best mark in the decathlon. Sanderson is searching for his first Big 12 title after earning runner-up honors at the 2015 Big 12 Indoor Championships.
Freshman Jhoanmy Luque impressed yet again in her first collegiate outdoor season. The Venezuelan currently holds nationally ranked marks in the triple jump (21st) and long jump (34th). Luque moved her way into the top-10 in the Iowa State all-time top performers list in the triple jump (second) and long jump (third). She enters as the fifth seed in the triple jump with a mark of 42’ 1.5 and the fourth seed in the long jump with a leap of 20’ 3.75″.
In the women’s shot put, a battle of the nation’s best will take place with four different athletes ranking in the top-25 set to compete. 2014 NCAA Outdoor Champion Christina Hillman is set to represent the Cyclones in the event that should produce some of the nation’s top marks. Top competitors for Hillman include Kansas State’s Dani Winters, Oklahoma State’s Chase Ealey and Baylor’s Cion Hicks.
Following the Action
Fans, coaches and athletes can follow Iowa State track and field’s twitter account @CycloneTrackXC for live updates on the meet. Links to live results (coming soon), heat sheets (coming soon) and a live webcast can be found above. The meet will be shown on Big12Sports.com for free. Results will be posted on cyclones.com at the conclusion of the meet.
*The Cyclones enter the meet with seven performances ranking inside the national top-30 among collegiate competition on the 2015 outdoor season: Ed Kemboi (5th, 800m, 1:46.17), Katy Moen (10th, 10K, 33:09.63) and (20th, 5K, 15:52.72), Taylor Sanderson (15th, Decathlon, 7360), Jhoanmy Luque (21st, Triple Jump, 42’ 1.5”), Christina Hillman (22nd, Spot Put, 53’ 9”) and Marine Vallet (29th, High Jump, 5’ 10.75”).
*Seven current Iowa State track and field athletes combine for 12 conference championships: Ed Kemboi (6), Christina Hillman (2), Katy Moen (2), Cameron Ostrowski (1), Maggie Gannon (1), Kendra White (1), Perez Rotich (1).
*The Cyclones are hitting their stride, as the men’s and women’s teams have combined for 16 marks inside of the Iowa State all-time top-10 performers lists on the 2015 outdoor season.
*Ed Kemboi is looking to add to his six Big 12 Conference Championships this weekend, as the Eldoret, Kenya native is coming off an indoor national championship in the 800-meter run and currently ranks fifth nationally in the event on the outdoor season.
*The women’s distance runners are making a strong campaign in the outdoor season, as
Abby Caldwell broke the 3,000-meter steeplechase record in a time of 10:19.21, and Erin
Hooker clocked a time of 16:11.94 in the 5,000-meter run, ranking ninth in ISU history, at the Stanford Invitational.
*Katy Moen now ranks fifth and sixth in ISU history in the 5,000-meter (15:52.72) and 10,000-meter (33:09.63) runs, respectively. The Fairbank, Iowa native is ranked inside of the national top-20 in both events.
*The Cyclones field events have shined during the outdoor season, as redshirt senior Henry Kelley tossed a 188’ 00” in the hammer throw at the Tiger Track Classic to rank fifth in school history. Christina Hillman became the third-best discus performer in program history with a mark of 166’ 11” at the LSU Alumni Gold.
*Marine Vallet and Jhoanmy Luque are proving to be one of the most dynamic jumping duos to wear the Cardinal and Gold. Vallet now ranks second in Iowa State history in the high jump after clearing 5’ 10.75” at the Tiger Track Classic, while Luque holds the second-best triple jump (42’ 1.50”) and third-best long jump (20’ 3.75”) performances in school history.
*Iowa native Taylor Sanderson had a career performance at the Mt. SAC Relays, notching personal records in the 100-meter, 1,500-meter, long jump and javelin to earn 7,360 points in the decathlon, ranking him second all-time in Iowa State history.