Senior Ada Anderson came across the line first for Iowa State in the 800 meter run. Her time of 2:09.32 was also good enough to qualify regionally.
"This was a very good opener for Ada," said sprints and hurdles coach Scott Roberts. "She's been nursing a shin injury so I'm glad we were able to get her qualified today so we can work on getting that healed for our bigger meets later in the season."
Iowa State's Sara Boisen made a strong return to the track when she finished second in the 400 meter hurdles. Boisen, who missed the end of the indoor season due to a case of mononucleosis, crossed the line with a time of 1:00.53, also good enough to qualify for regionals.
"Sara looked really strong out there today," said Roberts. "She was able to clear all ten hurdles and I think that's due to the training we did this last winter. I think she has a good chance to get her time under a minute when we compete next week at the Texas Relays."
Other top finishers on the women's side of events were Nicole Teitsworth in the javelin throw and Leigh Wagner in the high jump. Teitsworth had a throw of 133-09, good enough for a third place finish. Wagner tied for fourth for the Cyclones in the high jump with a clearing height of 5-7.
One of the top performances for the Cyclone men came at the end of the day when they had a first place finish in the 4x400 meter relay. The team, consisting of Eric Parker, Tony Stanfield, James Robinson and Elijah Braimah finished the relay with a time of 3:13.07.
Senior Tony Douglas also had a first place finish for the Cyclones in the long jump. After struggling most of the day, he was able to finish with a leap of 24-03, which not only took the title, but also qualified him regionally.
Braimah had more success earlier in the day when he finished second in the 400 meter dash. He crossed the line with a time of 47.61.
"Elijah had a great season opener today in the 400," said men's head coach Steve Lynn. "He ran one of his best outdoor times and looked really strong."
Iowa State freshman Eric Parker competed strong for the Cyclones in the 400 meter hurdles. His time of 53.94 was not only good enough for a second place finish, but it was also a new personal record for Parker in the event.
"This meet really got the season started for us," Lynn said. "We'll be at the Texas Relays next weekend and hopefully we'll have a good meet there too. We're setting ourselves up to be much better this season."
Results of the meet can be found at www.riceowls.com.