Men's track and field travels to Ames for Bill Bergen Invitational


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The Iowa men’s track and field team is set to compete in the Bill Bergen Invitational today in Ames. The meet includes teams from many major schools including Iowa State, Texas, Kansas State, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and South Dakota.

Iowa will have its hands full during the event, which ends Saturday — Wisconsin and Texas are ranked in the top 25 of the U.S. Track & Field and Cross-Country Coaches Association rankings, which are computer-based and viewed as official by the NCAA. The Badgers check in at No. 4, and the Longhorns sit at No. 19.

The meet’s heptathlon started Thursday, which will conclude today. The Hawkeyes have two competitors in the event, senior Jack Eckert, who scored 2,599 points and sits in fifth place, and freshman Alec Cranford, who scored 2386 and is sixth. Both set personal records in the 60 meters. Eckert ran his in 7.46 seconds, and Cranford sprinted to a time of 7.37.

The pentathlon will be held today, as will the weight throw and long jump. The long jump will feature freshman O’Shea Wilson, who is attempting to better his current mark of 7.53 meters. That distance currently ranks 15th in the nation, second in the Big Ten.

The Saturday session will feature many high-profile events, including the preliminaries and finals of all running events as well as the remainder of the field events: the shot put, high jump, triple jump, and pole vault.

Tevin-Cee Mincy will lead the Hawkeye sprinters. The senior will try to win his third-consecutive 60 meters. Mincy sits third all-time in Iowa history in the 60 and has set personal records at each of the first two meets this season.

In the field, sophomore Klyvens Delaunay will try to win another triple jump title. His mark of 15.37m this season is third in the Big Ten and 20th nationally. He leads the team in the event and placed fourth in the Big Ten indoor championships last season.

Iowa placed second in its last competition — the Jack Johnson Classic in Minneapolis — finishing behind Minnesota, which the Hawks will face again this weekend. At the Johnson, they also faced South Dakota, which will also be at the Bergen. The Cyclones are also not an unfamiliar foe; Iowa bested them at the first Big Four Duals, held in Iowa City on Jan. 18.

The Hawkeyes following meet will be on the road in Lincoln, Neb., in the Husker Invitational on Feb. 7-8.

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