AUSTIN, Texas – Iowa State’s Betsy Saina, Meghan Nelson and Dani Stack, placed first, ninth and 12th, respectively, in the 10,000 meters race of the NCAA West Regional Thursday in Myers Stadium to qualify for the NCAA Championships, March 5-8 in Eugene, Ore. Iowa Stater Mohamed Hrezi finished 10th in the men’s 10,000 meters and is also headed to Eugene.
Ej Okoro moved one step closer to Eugene, advancing to the regional semifinal in the 800 meters, which will be run Friday. Cyclone 400-meter hurdlers Ese Okoro and Donnise Powell also advanced to Friday semifinal action in the 400-meter hurdles.
“I think it was fitting that the three seniors, Betsy, Meaghan and Dani, ran well tonight,” Iowa State head coach Corey Ihmels said. “Those three women have done so much to put our program on the map. Mohamed developed some issues late in the race and struggled a little but hung in there and now will get to run another race at the NCAA Championships.”
Saina won the women’s 10,000-meter race in 34:52.34. Nelson finished ninth in 35:04.96. Stack was 12th in 35:14.54. Okoro was third in her 800-meter heat, finishing in 2:06.94. Okoro won her heat and was the fifth-fastest overall qualifier in 58.18. Powell was third in the same heat, and ranked 15th overall with a time of 59.11.
Hrezi was clocked in 29:25.17 in the men’s 10,000 meters.
10,000-meters: 1) Jared Ward, BYU, 28:36.15; 10. Mohamed Hrezi, IOWA STATE, 29:25.17
100-meters: 1) Charles Silmon, TCU, 10.03; 25) Ian Warner, 10.50
10,000 meters: 1) Betsy Saina, IOWA STATE, 34:52.34; 9) Meaghan Nelson, IOWA STATE, 35:04.96; 12) Dani Stack, IOWA STATE, 35:14.54; 17) Sam Bluske, IOWA STATE, 35:47.40; 29) Katy Moen, IOWA STATE, 36:42.37;
Hammer Throw – 1) Chelsea Cassulo, Arizona State, 229-11; 15) Hayli Bozarth, IOWA STATE, 196-11; 45t) Leishema Hampton, IOWA STATE, foul.
1,500-meters-1) Amanda Mergaert, Utah, 4:19.08; 38) Maggie Gannon, IOWA STATE, 4:35.98
800 meters-1) Samantha Murphy, Illinois; 13) Ejiroghene Okoro, IOWA STATE, 2:06.94;
400-meter hurdles-1) Georganne Moline, Arizona, 56.30; 5) Ese Okoro, IOWA STATE, 58.18; 15) Donnise Powell, IOWA STATE, 59.11