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Larkin Chapman-Muscatine-ISU ©Luke Lu-Cyclones Athletics 2020

Larkin Chapman-Muscatine-ISU
©Luke Lu-Cyclones Athletics 2020

Iowa State track and field saw more big marks put up around the country at its trio of competitions. The Cyclones distance squad shone again in Seattle at the UW Invitational, while the Cyclone women did work on top-10 lists out at the Texas Tech Invite.

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UW Invitational
The highlight of the day belonged to Larkin Chapman, as she smashed her personal best in the mile to win her heat in 4:43.16. A Big 12 champion indoors at 1,000 meters, the Muscatine native now ranks No. 8 in ISU history indoors in the mile. Two other Cyclones were under five minutes via Madelynn Hill(4:53.89) and Gwynne Wright (4:54.56).

For the Cyclone men, Chad Johnson made some history as he became the ninth Cyclone in program history to go sub-eight minutes in the indoor 3,000 meters, finishing third in his section in 7:59.24. Of those nine, five have come in the last three years, with Johnson being the third active Cyclone under eight minutes, joining Edwin Kurgat and David Too.

Texas Tech Invitational
Erika Furbeck went big on her first attempt of the women’s long jump ‘B’ competition, going 20-4 1/4 (6.20m) to ascend into the lead. Though she lost her lead in round five and finished second, Furbeck had one of her best days as a Cyclone. Her best jump moved her up to No. 7 in ISU indoor long jump history, while her second best jump of the day (19-8 3/4, 6.01m) and third-best effort (19-6 3/4, 5.96m), were better than any of her previous indoor collegiate efforts.

Katarina Vlahovic recorded her sixth personal best of the indoor season and second in the 200-meter dash with a 24.71 to win her heat. That time puts her up to No. 6 in Iowa State history. Yesterday, Vlahovic moved up to No. 4 in ISU history in the 60-meter hurdles with an 8.35.

For the ISU men, Daniel Nixon’s effort to improve on his 1:48.58 from last weekend’s Cyclone Open came up just short, as he finished fourth in the men’s 800-meter run in 1:48.60. In his Iowa State debut, Kevin Sakson finished third in the shot put, with the Estonian freshman recording a best effort of 55-5 3/4 (16.91m).

Indiana Relays
With the weekend goal of qualifying for the NCAA Championships in the distance medley relay accomplished with last night’s school-record 9:28.22, the focus shifted to the other members of the Cyclone travel party to Bloomington. Leonel Perez, a redshirt senior transfer from UT-Martin, had his best run as a Cyclone en route to winning heat four of the 800-meter run in 1:52.81, his best indoor 800 of his collegiate career. Konner Roth also won his heat, crossing first in heat five in a PR of 1:55.57.

Heading into the weekend as the top-two nationally in the 800, and having done their part in the DMR last night, Festus Lagat and Roshon Roomes were in recovery mode on Saturday. Lagat finished third in 1:49.12, while Roomes was fifth in 1:50.71

Up Next
Next weekend, Iowa State will travel to Lincoln, Nebraska for the Husker Invitational on Friday and Saturday. Meanwhile, Edwin Kurgat heads to the Armory in New York City to run in the Millrose Games in the Dr. Sander Invitational men’s 3,000-meter run on Saturday. His run will start at 3:56 p.m. Central, with NBC broadcasting the action.

Iowa State Results
UW Invitational
800m Run, Heat 2 (W): 1. Elli Eastmond, Utah State – 2:12.32; 2. Janette Schraft, Iowa State – 2:12.47
800m Run, Heat 1 (W): 1. Alexis Gourrier, Iowa State – 2:14.12
Mile Run, Heat 5 (W): 1. Larkin Chapman, Iowa State – 4:43.16
Mile Run, Heat 3 (W): 1. Molly Olsen, Idaho State – 4:52.65; 2. Madelynn Hill, Iowa State – 4:53.89; 3. Gwynne Wright, Iowa State – 4:54.56
3,000m Run, Heat 4 (M): 1. Marc Scott, Bowerman Track Club – 7:49.65; 12. David Too, Iowa State – 8:15.65
3,000m Run, Heat 3 (M): 1. Luke Houser, Washington – 7:58.96; 3. Chad Johnson, Iowa State – 7:59.24
3,000m Run, Heat 3 (W): 1. Rebekah Topham, Wichita State – 9:16.80 3. Cailie Logue, Iowa State – 9:18.04; 9. Abby Caldwell, Iowa State – 9:28.77

Texas Tech Invitational
200m Dash (M): 1. Akeem Sirleaf, North Carolina A&T – 20.90; 55. Jack Garber, Iowa State – 24.04
200m Dash (W): 1. Anavia Battle, Ohio State – 22.86; 36. Katarina Vlahovic, Iowa State – 24.71
800m Run (M): 1. Isaiah Jewett, USC – 1:47.12; 4. Daniel Nixon, Iowa State – 1:48.60
800m Run (W): 1. Charokee Young, Texas A&M, 2:08.38; 7. Maggie Davis, Iowa State – 2:13.43; 21. Laurel Hoogensen, Iowa State – 2:31.40
4x400m Relay (M): 1. Texas A&M – 3:02.77; 13. Iowa State (Joven Nelson, Nate Kennedy, Charlie Johnson, Gage Clay) – 3:13.61
4x400m Relay (W): 1. USC – 3:32.87; Iowa State (Laurel Hoogensen, Kaylyn Hall, Zakiyah Amos, Maggie Davis) – DNF
Long Jump ‘B’ (W): 1. Taryn Milton, Texas A&M – 20-5 (6.22m); 2. Erika Furbeck, Iowa State – 20-4 1/4 (6.20m); 23. Jalaiya Bartley, Iowa State – 17-6 (5.33m)
High Jump ‘B’ (M): 1. Mason Corbin, Texas A&M – 6-10 1/4 (2.09m); T-10. Cody Durbin, Iowa State – 6-4 1/4 (1.94m); T-10. Miles Rupiper, Iowa State – 6-4 1/4 (1.94m)
High Jump ‘B’ (W): 1. Alexa Porpaczy, Arizona – 5-10 3/4 (1.80m); 7. Megan Durbin, Iowa State – 5-5 (1.65m)
Shot Put (M): 1. Jordan West, Tennessee – 63-2 1/4 (19.26m); 3. Kevin Sakson, Iowa State – 55-5 3/4 (16.91m)
Shot Put ‘A’ (W): 1. Latavia Maines, Tennessee – 54-3 3/4 (16.55m); 8. Keiara Williams, Iowa State – 46-6 1/4 (14.18m)
Shot Put ‘B’ (W): 1. Mikayla Deshazer, Baylor – 48-2 (14.68m); 6. Antonella Creazzola, Iowa State – 27-2 1/2 (8.29m)

Indiana Relays
800m Run (M): 1. Cooper Williams, Indiana – 1:48.17; 3. Festus Lagat, Iowa State – 1:49.12; 5. Roshon Roomes, Iowa State – 1:50.71; 12. Leonel Perez, Iowa State – 1:52.81; 17. Joe Schaefer, Iowa State – 1:54.29; 18. Konner Roth, Iowa State – 1:55.57