The Cyclone track and field teams kicked off the indoor season with the ISU Holiday Classic. Several Iowa State athletes set personal records today, including Chase Madison, Tony Douglas and Leigh Wagner.
Newton native Chase Madison earned first place in the men's weight throw with a personal record mark of 59-7 ½. Senior Kendall Fogel took the second place spot with a toss of 58-4.
"I feel pretty good considering it is the first meet of the season," Chase Madison said of his performance. "I think we're doing right things as far as training. Hopefully I can take this and build it throughout the rest of the year."
"Today's throw went ok," said Kendall Fogel. "It was good to compete after taking a whole summer and fall off. For the season, I would like to place in the top five or six Big 12. I want to go further and take it to the next level."
Neil Hines's first place finish in the pole vault put another win in the bag for the Cyclone men. He cleared a height of 14-7 ¼. Hines also competed in the high jump, marking 6-3 ½ to finish fourth. Ben Honig, a Glenwood native, placed third in the high jump with a clearance of 6-5 ½.
Senior Tony Douglas blew away the competition in the triple jump, going a distance of 49-5, an indoor personal record for the event. Douglas was a threat in the triple jump in the outdoor season, qualifying for the 2005 NCAA outdoor championship. He also did well in the long jump, finishing first with a mark of 24-2 ¼.
"Tony Douglas had a great meet," said jumps and volts coach Ron McEachran. "He jumped nice and easy today. We're calling today a hard practice, and he did a really nice job today."
Kellen Burl and Sterling Frison took second and third place, respectively, in the 60-meter hurdles. Burl, a junior, finished with a time of 8:19, while the sophomore Frison finished the race in 8:33.
Newcomers Jon Ricardi (4:25.66) and Andrew Vos (4:26.48) took second and third, respectively. The pair were running neck and neck as leaders of the pack throughout the whole race, and Truman State's Eli Klimek came through with a very strong finish to overtake the ISU runners, finishing with a time of 4:25.01.
Dan Taylor earned second place in the 3,000-meter race, clocking a time of 8:32.20. Blake Bolden, a volunteer assistant who competed unattached, won the race in 8:25.44. Ryan French (8:50.34) ran unattached to take third place, and Ricky Reusser (8:54.80) placed fourth.
For the women, Ada Anderson set a new meet record in the 500-meter dash with a time of 1:14. She won the event. Teammate Katie Paulson finished fourth with a clocking of 1:18.
Rebecca Williams, the meet record holder in the 60-meter hurdles, placed first in the event with a time of 8.69, just barely edging out Drake competitor Kasey McDaniel who had a second-place time of 8.71.
Pole vaulter Tamela Jadin earned first place as well, clearing a height of 10-11 ¾.
Leigh Wagner had a big day, setting personal records in both events she competed in, The junior won the high jump with a 5-8 clearance. Wagner took second place in the triple jump, going a distance of 37-5 ¼. Fellow jumper April Fabert tied for third in the event with a jump of 5-4 ¼.
"Leigh did absolutely phenomenal," said Coach McEachran. "We haven't worked on the triple jump very much, so I'm very pleased."
Marshalltown native Amy Waggoner finished second in the shot put with a mark of 40-6. Competing unattached, Priya Hoze won the long jump with a mark of 18-10 ¾. Hoze also won the triple jump with a mark of 39-1 ¾. Sara Boisen, also unattached , finished the 300-meter dash in a time of 41.65 to finish fourth.
A 4X300-meter team comprised of Sara Boisen, Leia Jackson, Rebecca Williams and Ada Anderson placed first with a time of 2:44.02.
The next endeavor for both Cyclone teams comes on January 21, 2006, where
they will compete at the Adidas Classic in Lincoln, Neb.