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Track and Field: Iowa State Men win Hy-Vee Cup at Drake Relays

DES MOINES, Iowa – The Iowa State men’s track and field team brought home the Hy-Vee Cup after an outstanding weekend at the Drake Relays. On Saturday, the Cyclone men got another title in the distance medley relay to go with a fourth place finish in the sprint medley relay and a fifth-place effort in the 4×400 to get 29 team points.

The Cyclone women also picked up a Drake Relays title on Saturday, with their Canadian quartet winning the shuttle hurdle relay.

Edwin Kurgat leg off for the second-straight night, putting in a 3:01.26 1200 carry to put ISU third. After solid carries from Charlie Johnson and Cebastian Gentil, the final task fell to Festus Lagat, who was able to reel in competitors from Illinois and Missouri and make the pass on the front stretch much the same way he did last night in the 4×800 to get the Cyclones another win.

Gentil, Kurgat and Lagat picked up their second Drake Relays Champions flags of the weekend, while the freshman Johnson, a Dowling Catholic graduate, got his first Drake Relays title of his track and field career. The Cyclones picked up their first Drake Relays DMR crown since 1994. Iowa State also did the 4×800 and distance medley relay Drake Relays double in 1991 and 1927

The Cyclones’ all-Canadian quartet got a strong carry from Katarina Vlahovic to start in second. Iowa State’s super-star and school record holding hurdler Keira Christie-Galloway received the stick from Vlahovic and completely turned the race in favor of ISU, as the Cyclones’ Emily Coghill and Kaylyn Hall took care of business to lead the rest of the way en route to winning in 56.56. It was ISU’s first win in the shuttle hurdle at the Drake Relays.

The men had two other relays contribute to their Hy-Vee Cup victory on Saturday. The men’s sprint medley relay of Logan Schneider, Ben Kelly, Eric Fogltanz and Roshon Roomes finished fourth in 3:23.69 to get ISU five points. To close out the day, ISU’s 4×400 relay team of Johnson, Kelly, Mason Weh and Fogltanz got four points with a fifth-place finish in 3:16.31.

The Cyclone women also had a strong 4×400, with Emma Whigham, Zakiyah Amos, Erinn Stenman-Fahey and Sydney Milani finishing third in 3:51.57. Earlier in the day, the DMR of Gwynne Wright, Milani, Stenman-Fahey and Cailie Logue took fourth in 11:19.34

Up Next
Iowa State will now prepare for the Big 12 Outdoor Championships in two weeks. Competition in Norman, Oklahoma will take place from May 10-12.

Iowa State Results
100m Hurdles Final (W): 1. Faith Ross, Kentucky – 13.30w; 4. Kaylyn Hall, Iowa State – 13.74w
Shuttle Hurdle Relay (W): 1. Iowa State (Katarina Vlahovic, Keira Christie-Galloway, Emily Coghill, Kaylyn Hall) – 56.56
4x400m Relay Invite (M): 1. Houston – 3:09.66; 5. Iowa State (Charlie Johnson, Ben Kelly, Mason Weh, Eric Fogltanz) – 3:16.31
4x00m Relay Invite (W): 1. Illinois – 3:47.85; 3. Iowa State (Emma Whigham, Zakiyah Amos, Erinn Stenman-Fahey, Sydney Milani) – 3:51.57
Sprint Medley Relay (M): 1. Air Force – 3:19.33; 4. Iowa State (Logan Schneider, Ben Kelly, Eric Fogltanz, Roshon Roomes) – 3:23.69
Distance Medley Relay (M): 1. Iowa State (Edwin Kurgat, Charlie Johnson, Cebastian Gentil, Festus Lagat) – 9:48.63
Distance Medley Relay (W): 1. Oklahoma State – 11:15.18; 4. Iowa State (Gwynne Wright, Sydney Milani, Erinn Stenman-Fahey, Cailie Logue) – 11:19.34

Hammer Throw (M): 1. Kieran McKeag, Minnesota – 220-6 (67.22m); 4. Vlad Pavlenko, Iowa State – 216-10 (66.09m)
Triple Jump (W): 1. Marie-Josee Ebwea-Excel, Kentucky – 43-10 3/4 (13.38m); 5. Jalaiya Bartley, Iowa State – 40-9 (12.42m); Jessie Stindt, Iowa State – Foul
High Jump (W): 1. Ellen Ekholm, Kentucky – 5-9 1/4 (1.76m); T-9. Megan Durbin, Iowa State – 5-3 1/4 (1.61m)

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