Track Kicks Ooff ISU Classic
Feb. 13, 2009
The No. 12 women's and No. 22 men's track and field squads kicked off the opening day of the Iowa State University Classic Friday and, as usual, the field events shined for both sides at the Lied Recreational Athletic Facility in Ames, Iowa.
Senior Megan Howard kicked off the festivities in the women's weight throw by earning a NCAA Championship provisional qualification with her third place finish at 19.27m (63-2 ¾). The mark was about three-quarters of a meter better than her previous personal best and places her tentatively at the No. 11 position in the country barring results from other meets taking place this weekend. Typically, the top 16 throwers in the country advance to the NCAA Championships in March.
Howard has already earned a provisional qualification in the shot put event.
In the men's long jump, senior Luis Rivera-Morales continued his winning ways by claiming yet another title with his season's best jump of 7.64m (20-0 ¾). Rivera-Morales was the only member of the field of 64 to earn a provision qualification. His mark is currently good for 10th in the country and, like the throwing events, the top 16 usually advance to the NCAA Championships.
Rivera-Morales currently holds provisional qualifications for the both the long and triple jump events.
Both Howard and Rivera-Morales will be back in action tomorrow to take part in their respective events. The rest of the UA field and sprinting squads will also be introduced to the scene in Ames on Saturday. The UA distance squad however, will be 1,800 miles away in Seattle, Wash. as they take part in the Husky Invitational tomorrow.