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Iowa State ready for Big 12 meet this weekend

AMES, Iowa – The Iowa State track and field teams will head south to College Station, Texas for the Big 12 Indoor Championships Friday and Saturday inside the Gilliam Indoor Stadium. Competition on Friday will begin at 11 a.m. CST with the women’s pentathlon 60-meter hurdles. Saturday, events are scheduled to resume at 3 p.m. CST with the men’s heptathlon 60-meter hurdles and the women’s shot put competition.

Our team had the week off in preparation for the conference meet,” said Iowa State head coach Corey Ihmels. “This week it is about points, not times or marks. Every finish is important among the top eight competitors. We will have some people competing in two or three events and some of that could change depending on what happens out there today.?

Leading the Cyclone women into the Big 12 Championships is junior Betsy Saina. Saina is the defending conference champion in the indoor 5000-meter run and currently holds the Big 12’s top time in the event after posting a 15:36.09 at the Iowa State Classic Feb. 11. Saina also holds the conference’s top mark in the 3000-meter run after finishing in 9:06.61 at the Bill Bergan Invitational. Saina has already qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships in both events.

Saina is joined at the top of the Big 12 performance list by teammates Meaghan Nelson and Dani Stack. Stack currently holds the conference’s second-fastest time in the 3,000 and third-fastest mark in the 5,000. Nelson currently ranks second in the Big 12 in the 5000-meter run and has qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships in the event. Stack has also qualified for the NCAA Championships in the 3000-meter run.

Iowa State senior Kianna Elahi will lead the Cyclone women in the sprints as she holds the Big 12’s fastest time in the 600-yard run after running 1:20.14 at the Iowa State Classic. Elahi currently holds the Cyclones’ school record in the event after hitting 1:19.61 last season.

Leading the Iowa State men into the conference championship meet is senior Ian Warner, who currently holds the Big 12’s third-fastest mark this season in the 60-meter dash. Warner posted a personal-best 6.70 in the event at the Bill Bergan Invitational.

Senior Akeem Holmes leads the Cyclones into the field events, with the conference’s fourth-best mark in the triple jump so far this season. Holmes jumped a personal-best 50-01.75 at the Iowa State Classic.

Live results will be provided by Delta Timing (www.deltatiming.com). Results will be posted on cyclones.com at the conclusion of each day’s events.

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