The championship season begins for the Iowa State track and field program this weekend when the Cyclones compete at the 2018 Big 12 Outdoor Track and Field Championships, hosted by Baylor at Clyde Hart Stadium in Waco.
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Competition begins on Friday, with ISU’s first events coming in the field at 1 p.m. Friday night will see the 10,000m runs taking place that night, starting at 8:15 p.m. Friday competition begins in the field at 3 p.m., with running prelims starting at 4 p.m. Saturday competition starts in the field at 2:30 p.m., with running finals getting underway at 5 p.m.
ISU’s headliner this weekend will be Jhoanmy Luque, with the senior looking to add to her five Big 12 Championships with two more in the long jump on Saturday and the triple jump on Sunday. Luque has won the last two Big 12 Indoor titles in the long jump, but will be looking to claim her first outdoor long jump crown on Saturday. She will be the No. 1 seed in the event and is ranked 13th in Division I this year with her 20-11 1/4 (6.38m) at the Drake Relays two weeks ago.
Luque took the outdoor triple jump crown last season on the final jump with her best all-conditions effort of her career at 45-3 1/2(w). Combined with her two indoor triple jump titles, Luque will look for her fourth conference triple jump title. She will also be the No. 1 seed in this, ranking No. 5 in the country with her 44-11 (13.69m) from the Drake Relays as her best mark of the year.
Another contender will be Jasmine Staebler, who is ranked No. 2 in the league in the 800-meter run. Staebler, a three-time All-American, is searching for her first individual conference title.
On the men’s side, ISU has the top-two seeds in the 5,000 in Edwin Kurgat (13:41.94) and Dan Curts(13:45.69). Both are also entered in other events, Kurgat in the 10,000 on Friday and Curts in the 1,500. The men’s 800 will once again be an event to watch, as ISU has the No. 3 and 4 seeds in Roshon Roomes(1:47.60), Jaymes Dennison (1:47.96).
In the field, Jalen Ford will be back for what should be a world-class high jump contest on Saturday. Ford is the No. 4 seed, with the top three seeds being the No. 1-2 high jumpers in the NCAA this year, and the two-time defending Big 12 Champion.
Iowa State Entries (as of May 10, 8 AM)
800m Run: Jaymes Dennison, Frank Hayes, Roshon Roomes
1,500m Run: Zach Black, Dan Curts, Festus Lagat
5,000m Run: Zach Black, Dan Curts, Edwin Kurgat, Festus Lagat, Stanley Langat, John Nownes, Nathan Rodriguez
10,000m Run: Edwin Kurgat, Stanley Langat, Nathan Rodriguez
110m Hurdles: Logan Schneider, Elijah Young
400m Hurdles: Eric Fogltanz
High Jump: Cody Durbin, Jalen Ford
Shot Put: Zach Timm
Hammer Throw: Chris Celona, Brett Peters, Vlad Pavlenko
Javelin Throw: Blake Hughes
800m Run: Maggie Davis, Evelyne Guay, Laurel Hoogensen, Jasmine Staebler, Erinn Stenman-Fahey
1,500m Run: Karly Ackley, Larkin Chapman, Gwynne Wright
5,000m Run: Karly Ackley, Larkin Chapman, Anne Frisbie, Evelyne Guay, Cailie Logue, Kelly Naumann, Jasmine Staebler, Amanda Vestri, Gwynne Wright
10,000m Run: Anne Frisbie, Amanda Vestri
100m Hurdles: Tasha Frazier
400m Hurdles: Emma Whigham
3,000m Steeplechase: Abby Caldwell, Kelly Naumann
Long Jump: Jhoanmy Luque
Triple Jump: Jalaiya Bartley, Jhoanmy Luque
Shot Put: Essence Henderson, Keiara Williams
Discus Throw: Essence Henderson
Hammer Throw: Tessa Krempel, Christabel Okeke
Javelin Throw: Bailey Righi