It seems as though every time my excitement from one track meet begins to fade a little, another one rolls around that is even better.
The Iowa State Classic was this past weekend, and perhaps in lieu of Valentine's Day, it was even sweeter than the last meet. Since the addition of our new throws coach, the throwers have been improving each meet and it seems as though every one of them sets a new PR each weekend. This time it was weight thrower Laishema Hampton with the most outstanding performance, as she shattered the school record in the event by a foot.
A second school record went down this weekend with Kianna Elahi setting a new record in the 600 yard run (which is really more of a "dash" in my opinion). Kianna's time in the 600 is an improvement upon 1984 Olympic Gold Medalist Nawal El Moutawakel's record in the event in 1987.
And as if two outstanding events isn't enough, Betsy (my sister) Saina set out in the 5k with a blazing time of 15:50, which gives her the 5th fastest time in the world this year. Dani Stack had another impressive PR, this one by a minute and twenty seconds. Meghan Nelson celebrated her 21st birthday with a new PR in the 5k as well.
Lucy (long femurs) Kennedy raced the 3k and ran an impressive 9:21 to take second behind post-collegiate Diane Nukuri. I raced the 3k as well, with a new PR of 9:47. In high school I always dreaded the 3,000, because I thought it was boring at times and a bit too long. But this race wasn't boring, and I doubt I'll find any races in my college years to feel that way. Maybe in high school I just wasn't running fast enough to make it exciting for me. I'll have to share that bit of information with my little sister before her first 3,000... if you get bored, just run faster. It's a relatively simple concept, although she may not like that piece of advice quite so much as some of the others...
Going back to the meet on the men's side, we had another exciting mile with a victory from Rico (almost breaking 4 minutes) Loy, second going to Hillary Bor, and fellow freshman Alex Dillenbeck getting another big PR with a 4:07. Our newest teammate, Edward, made a strong Cyclone debut by taking second in the 800, with Elphas right behind him.
With over 30 personal bests at the weekend's meet, there is so much more to talk about than what I could cover in a short amount of time. For anyone who wants to see some pretty cool races, they can find the meet on Flotrack.org. Not gonna lie... having a meet on Flotrack makes it seem like a pretty big deal.
What made the weekend even better was the heat wave that is currently upon us. I really appreciated being able to cool down outside after my race without literally cooling down. I also appreciated the company of Matt Bowman, who made the trip to Ames with my family. Hopefully, seeing a college meet got Matt excited for his upcoming season as well. High school practices were able to officially begin on Monday, and I know high schoolers across the state were getting out there enjoying the weather too.
One such team would be the Ames High team. I chatted with Coach Kirk Schmaltz on Saturday and was excited to hear about his team adopting the little wall biographies that we have recently installed in our own locker rooms. Aside from that, I was simply touched that Coach Schmaltz and his team are readers of my blog. Coach Schmaltz is one of the high school coaches that not very many high school kids are privileged to have, because they are hard to find. I don't get to attend the Ames high practices, but if he is half as passionate and caring with his own team as with ours, then there is no doubt that he really is one of a kind. Go Little Cyclones! :)
And with Big 12's less than two weeks away, a bunch of new PR's, and the talent to do some great things at the conference meet... Go Big Cyclones too!