Rotich Runs a Sub-Four Minute Mile

Iowa State senior David Rotich set a goal for the Cyclone National Track and Field Qualifier: to run a sub-four minute mile.

"My mom and dad have never seen me run," Rotich said. "They'll be there to watch me run at nationals."

"He'll go to nationals to try and win; not just be an All-American and that's what you want to see," said men's head coach Steve Lynn.

Senior Tony Douglas earned a second-place finish in the long jump but tweaked a hamstring on his second run.

"He probably could have been an All-American indoors," Lynn said. "We're just not going to take that chance. It's his senior year and he wants to be a Big 12 champion, a Drake Relays champion and an All-American. If he's hurt, that's not going to happen."

"He had a great indoor season," said jumps coach Ron McEachran. "I'm pleased with him and he's going to jump really well outdoors."

Across the board, the Cyclones set personal-records and season bests. Junior Dan Taylor clocked a personal-best time of 4:08.29 in the mile.

The men's 4x400-meter relay team consisting of Eric Parker, James Robinson, Tony Stanfield and Elijah Braimah ran their best time of the season with a 3:13.06 clocking. Braimah also recorded a personal-best 400-meter time of 47.76.

Kellen Burl tied his personal-best of 8.06 in the preliminary race of the 60-meter hurdles.

"We're going to carry this momentum over to the outdoor season," Lynn said. "We'll have several guys qualify for the regional meet early in the season."

Ada Anderson turned in her second-best time of the season in the 800 meters (2:06.44). She clocked her best time at the Iowa State Classic (2:05.92) and currently has the eighth-fastest time in the nation.

After competing in the prelims and semis, hurdler Rebecca Williams finished fifth in the 60-meter hurdles with her best time of the day, 8.48.

April Fabert recorded a personal best in the high jump with a mark of 5-7 ¼. She took third in the event. Jummy Alowonle leaped a second-mark of the season in the long jump (19-3 ¼) to place third.

Athletes on the bubble will find out on Monday if they get to make the trip to Fayetteville for the NCAA Championships. Watch for all the Iowa State information at www.cyclones.com.




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