On Thursday April 11, the Sycamores traveled to Tuscaloosa, Alabama to compete in the two-day Crimson Tide Invitational held by the University of Alabama. 

 The invitational was great for the Sycamores, as several athletes picked up victories and set career-best marks in their respective events. 

 On the men’s side of things, senior distance runner, Quentin Pierce, showed out by winning the invitational section of the men’s 1500-meter run with a time of 3:48:37, which places him at second in the in the Missouri Valley Conference and 42nd in the NCAA East Region. 

 Senior distance runner, Ryan Cash, had a career-best race with a fifth place finish and a time of 3:50.61 in the 1500-meter run, which is ninth all-time in ISU history and places him at sixth overall in the Missouri Valley Conference. 

 Senior distance runner Akis Medrano led the way for the Sycamores in the 5000-meter run with a third place finish and a time of 14:36.12 (second in the Missouri Valley Conference). Freshman distance runner Noah Hufnagel finished in eighth place with a time of 15:05.51 (fifth in the Missouri Valley Conference). 

 In the field, senior thrower Sam Overton finished sixth in the men’s hammer throw with a mark of 55.24m. Junior thrower, Grant Harris placed ninth in the hammer throw with a mark of 49.03m. Redshirt sophomore thrower, Kannon Sims took tenth place with a mark of 48.03m. 

 On the women side of things, redshirt senior thrower, Erin Reese, became the Crimson Tide Invitational champion in the women’s hammer throw with a mark of 62.91m to win the title. 

 Reese’s mark of 63.56m from the Gibson Invitational still leads the Missouri Valley Conference. Redshirt senior Cassaundra Roper recorded a career best mark of 57.94m in the hammer throw (sixth-best in school history). 

 Senior distance runner Brooke Moore finished in third-place in the women’s 1500-meter run with a season-best time of 4:23.70, which currently leads the conference. 

 Sophomore distance runner, Jocelyn Quiles, finished in fourth place in the 1500-meter run with a time of 4:24.26. Junior distance runner, Michaela Ward, finished 11thin the women’s 5000-meter race with a season-best time of 18:13.31. 

This Thursday through Saturday, the Sycamores will stay at home to compete in the Pacesetter Sports Invitational at the Gibson Track & Field Complex.