SOUTH BEND, Indiana – It was a history-making day for the Iowa State men’s track and field team Saturday at the Alex Wilson Invitational. The Cyclones took down the program’s decade old 4×400-meter relay school record, positioning themselves well for a trip to the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in three weeks’ time.
The quartet of Eric Fogltanz, Ben Kelly, Roshon Roomes and Jaymes Dennison completed the course in 3:05.61, breaking the previous school record of 3:07.39 set in 2007 at an NCAA Qualifier meet in Ames. The time puts the Cyclones at No. 4 in the Big 12, and No. 8 in Division I in 2017. The top-12 relays receiving an invite to the 2017 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships on March 10-11 at Texas A&M.
This has been a day the Cyclones have been looking forward to since the start of the season. Some strong performances early in the campaign saw ISU make it into the top-20 of the event nationally in the first month of the year. The breakthrough looked to be coming last weekend at the Iowa State Classic, but a collision between Roomes and a runner from Minnesota ended the record-breaking attempt. There were no such problems today in South Bend.
The Cyclones also got a second-place finish from Christian DeLago in the 800-meter run (1:51.18), and Kevyn Hoyos took third place in the mile with a time of 4:03.56.
Iowa State returns home to host the 2017 Big 12 Indoor Track and Field Championships next weekend. Action will take place all day Friday and Saturday at the Lied Recreation Athletics Center.
Iowa State Results
800m Run (M): 1. Jordan Huntoon, Indiana – 1:50.65; 2. Christian DeLago, Iowa State – 1:51.18
Mile Run (M): 1. Alex Rogers, Texas – 4:02.54; 3. Kevyn Hoyos, Iowa State – 4:03.56
4x400m Relay (M): 1. Alabama – 3:04.73; 3. Iowa State (Fogltanz, Kelly, Roomes, Dennison) – 3:05.61