Iowa State women’s track and field going back to Iowa City for unfinished business

Knocking the dust off for another week in the long track season is the motto for the Iowa State women’s track and field team.

The Cyclones will be back in Iowa City, Iowa, this weekend for the Larry Wieczorek Invitational.


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Sophomore Jasmine Stabler runs in the women’s 800-meter Feb. 24 during the Big 12 Track and Field meet. Stabler came in 4th with a time of 2:08.23. 


Many of the women are making their season debuts. One of the debuts on the season is the 2016-17 Iowa State Female Athlete of the Year in Jhoanmy Luque. Luque had an outstanding season last year for the long jump and triple jump, setting eight personal best records last season. And she is going into her last season with the same mindset of last year.

“I hope to get on the same track as last year,” Luque said. “This is my first meet of the season, so I am knocking off the dust from the offseason. This is my final season at Iowa State so I want to finish strong and break the records in the long jump and triple jump.”

Last week at the Hawkeye Invitational, weight thrower Christabel Okeke picked up a win recording a best toss of 57-10 1/4. Another spotlight for the team was Larkin Chapman, who coasted to a victory in the 1,000-meter run by crossing the finish line at 2:49.17. Larkin out ran all the other competitors by nine seconds.

Coach Andrea Grove-McDonough is moving from coaching the successful cross country team who won another Big 12 championship and NCAA Midwest Regionals title, and transitioning into the track season. Grove-McDonough had to trust the team that they would train over the long winter break wherever they would be. She wants the team to build off the strong outing last week and use that to propel them into the finish.

Anne Frisbie is making her debut for the track and field season this week as well. She is running in the mile where she has some friendly faces in Karly Ackley, Chapman, Anna Herriott, Adriana Kammerer, Kelly Naumann, Jasmine Staebler, Erinn Stenman-Fahey and Gwynne Wright. Frisbie is striving to have a solid personal record at the mile which has not happened since her freshman year.


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Sophomore Megan Schott runs in the women’s 5000-meter Feb 24 during the Big 12 Track and Field meet. Schott came in 16th with a time of 16:57.765.


“I am pushing myself to have solid personal records in the mile, 3k and 5k,” Frisbie said. “Even though track and field is a individual sport, we still want to work as a team. This is a “ruster buster” tourney for me because it is my first match. I just want to go with the flow and not over analyze the matchups.

“Overall I am very excited for the match.”

This weekend is another startup tournament for the team and Grove-McDonough is excited to get the rest of the girls out there to run, throw and jump. It is familiar territory since the team was there last week, so she is ready to have a solid finish.

“Some of the girls are debuting this weekend for the team,” Grove-McDonough said. “This team has worked hard over winter break individually to better the team and I am excited about the new season and what is to come for this team.”

Source: Iowa State Daily

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Iowa State’s Allen Lazard invited to NFL Scouting Combine

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Allen Lazard has no regrets on his wild ride at Iowa State.
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For the last four or five years, Allen Lazard would watch the NFL Scouting Combine on television and pay attention to what drills the wide receivers were going through, just in case he ever got the chance to participate in the event. 

Now, Lazard is getting shot. 

The former Iowa State star said Thursday night that he’s been invited to attend the NFL Scouting Combine. The event takes place from Feb. 27 to March 5 at Lucas Oil Stadium.

MORE: ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. says Lazard, Joel Lanning should get picked

“I’m up for the challenge and I want to be able to showcase what I’m able to do for these scouts,” Lazard said.  

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The event, which is invitation only, offers some of the best college football players a chance to go through physical and mental tests in front of NFL officials. Lazard, a four-year starter for Iowa State, said he was one of the players selected. The Urbandale native ended his career as one of the best wide receivers in Iowa State history.

A 6-foot-5, 222-pound, physical pass catcher, Lazard is Iowa State’s all-time leader in receptions (241), receiving yards (3,360), 100-yard receiving games (12), consecutive 100-yard games (four) and consecutive games with a reception (48).

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PREVIOUSLY: Lazard reflects on a great career in a touching social media post

Lazard spoke about studying past combines.

“I’d try to watch to see what drills they were doing and what their times were like and whatnot,” Lazard said. “Even more so this year — just kind of going back and watching film of the guys that are (productive)  in the NFL or went high in the draft, where they do well and where did they excel in the combine, and kind of trying to mimic what they do.” 

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Allen Lazard earns invite to NFL Combine



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Iowa State senior Allen Lazard celebrates after a touchdown catch in the second half against Memphis. Lazard was named the MVP of the AutoZone Liberty Bowl.



Allen Lazard stepped onto Iowa State’s campus four years ago with a goal of making it to the NFL. Now, four years later, Lazard is one step closer after the Des Moines Register said that he was invited to attend the NFL Combine Thursday night.

“I’m up for the challenge and I want to be able to showcase what I’m able to do for these scouts,” Lazard said in the Des Moines Register article. 

The Combine is set to take place from Feb. 27 to March 5 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana — the same place the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts play their home games. 

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Lazard ended his career in the cardinal and gold as one of the most decorated wide receivers to step onto Jack Trice Field. The Urbandale native ended his career with 241 receptions, 3,360 receiving yards and 26 touchdowns. The 6-foot-5 receiver also recorded a catch in 48 games, good for one in every game he suited up in. 

The Combine is by invitation only and draws in the best of the best from what college football has to offer. The players go through physical and mental tests in front of NFL scouts. 

“I’d try to watch to see what drills they were doing and what their times were like and what not,” Lazard said. 

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NFL Draft: ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. believes Iowa State stars Allen Lazard, Joel Lanning should get picked

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“To me,” Lazard says, “Joel Lanning is the greatest Cyclone of all time.”
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AMES, Ia. — ESPN’s longtime NFL Draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. envisions Iowa State’s drought in the draft coming to an end this year.

Kiper said Thursday he could see both Iowa State receiver Allen Lazard and linebacker/quarterback Joel Lanning being selected during the draft, which runs April 26-28. 

Iowa State hasn’t had a player picked in the NFL Draft since linebacker Jeremiah George was selected in the fifth round of the 2014 draft.

That could change with Lazard and Lanning this season.

Here’s what Kiper had to say about both players:

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Allen Lazard

Wide receiver, 6-foot-5, 222 pounds

Background: Lazard finished his career as the most-decorated receiver in Iowa State history. A four-year starter, Lazard is the program’s career leader in receptions (241), receiving yards (3,360), 100-yard receiving games (12), consecutive 100-yard games (four) and consecutive games with a reception (48).

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What Kiper had to say: “Lazard’s a big-body, tall receiver — jump-ball situations, the fade route —  he can go up and get it. He doesn’t get a lot of separation. That’s the thing, I think the quickness and burst out of his break is something he’ll need to work on because in the NFL, cornerbacks are in your hip pocket more than they are in college, and he had trouble I think getting that great separation on a consistent basis. But he could end up, depending how he runs and how he tests, early to mid-Day 3 guy.”

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Joel Lanning

Linebacker/quarterback, 6-2, 230

Background: Lanning spent his first four seasons as a quarterback at Iowa State but became one of the most versatile players in all of college football for his final season. The Cyclones moved him to middle linebacker where he earned a starting spot and thrived. Lanning also played special teams and quite a bit at quarterback. He finished the season playing 1,001 snaps: 822 on defense, 128 on special teams and 51 on offense. He was a revelation in his lone season at linebacker, ranking 37th nationally in tackles per game (8.8). Lanning also ranked second on the team in sacks (6.0), third in tackles for loss (11.0), third in rushing (135) and fourth in passing (47). He also recovered a fumble and tallied an interception.

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What Kiper said: “Lanning’s interesting because … quarterback turned linebacker, that doesn’t happen very often. You talk about what (Iowa State coach) Matt Campbell had to say about him, he was revered out there in Ames. The kid gives you everything he has, blood, sweat — everything, he lays it all on the line. And to me, I wouldn’t be surprised at all if he got drafted late. He’s the kind of kid that, with his overall versatility and love for the game and toughness, yeah, he can be another guy that’s going to help you on special teams. (He has) versatility (so) if you get injured at quarterback, you could always do that in a pinch. So, yeah, I think late rounds for Lanning and it’s a great story.”  

 

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Draft expert offers insight on Lanning and Lazard

Following Iowa State’s AutoZone Liberty Bowl win, wide receiver Allen Lazard and linebacker/quarterback Joel Lanning quickly moved onto their next goal. 

That goal? The 2018 NFL Draft. 

And on Thursday, Mel Kiper Jr., ESPN’s NFL draft expert, offered his thoughts on where he envisions the two to go when the draft starts on April 26.


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Allen Lazard makes a diving catch for a first down during the first quarter of the AutoZone Liberty Bowl in Memphis.



Of the two, Lazard is the one most likely to get drafted. The Urbandale native finished his Iowa State career as one of the best receivers the Cyclones have had to date. He finished his career with a school-record 241 receptions and 3,360 receiving yards. Lazard also had a reception in all 48 games he played. 

“Lazard’s a big body, tall receiver, jump-ball situations, the fade route,” Kiper Jr. said Thursday according to the Des Moines Register. “He can go up and get it. He doesn’t get a lot of separation. That’s the thing, I think quickness and burst out of his break is something he’ll need to work on because in the NFL, cornerbacks are in your hip pocket more than they are in college and he had trouble I think getting that great separation on a consistent basis.”

While Kiper Jr. sees Lazard as a late-round pick, Lanning is in a different situation. 

Lanning made the switch from quarterback to linebacker following the 2016 season and appeared to do it with ease. The Ankeny native, after a four-year career at quarterback, finished his redshirt senior season averaging 8.8 tackles per game and was third on the team in tackles for loss with 11.

Lanning also was second on the team with six sacks. To top it off, Lanning added a fumble recovery, interception, passing touchdown and two rushing touchdowns to his resume. 

“Lanning’s interesting because … quarterback turned linebacker, that doesn’t happen very often,” Kiper Jr. said. “You talk about what Matt Campbell had to say about him, he was revered out there in Ames.”

Kiper Jr. went on to say he wouldn’t be surprised if a team drafted Lanning late on day three. He sees Lanning as a guy that could help a team on its specials teams unit or even fill in at quarterback if someone gets injured. 


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Iowa State senior Joel Lanning runs the ball during the second half of the AutoZone Liberty Bowl against Memphis.



Bottom line: Iowa State has a legitimate chance to have two players drafted. The Cyclones haven’t had a player drafted since 2014 when linebacker Jeremiah George was taken in the fifth round.

Source: Iowa State Daily

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Breaking down the Cyclones’ football targets visiting Iowa State this weekend

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Iowa State Football Coach Matt Campbell speaks after signing $22.5 million contract.

This will be a big weekend in Ames.

Priority targets Brock Purdy, Justin Birdsong and Tayvonn Kyle are taking official visits to Iowa State from Jan. 19-21, they confirmed with the Register. 247Sports was first to report. All three are high-level targets the Cyclones would love to land before the Feb. 7 signing day.

Here’s a breakdown of each potential future Cyclone:

Brock Purdy, QB

Height/weight: 6 feet, 197 pounds

High school: Perry (Gilbert, Arizona)

Rivals: 3 stars; 247Sports Composite: 3 stars, No. 57 pro-style quarterback in 218

Iowa State’s competition: Alabama, Boise State, UCF

Why the Cyclones want him: Purdy is a pro-style quarterback with some edge. In other words, he’s a high-level shotgun quarterback who can also cause some damage on the ground when he needs to. He piled up 4,405 passing yards, 57 passing touchdowns, 1,017 rushing yards and 10 rushing touchdowns en route to earning Gatorade Arizona Player of the Year honors this season. His doesn’t have a cannon, but his regularly accurate, precision throws, no matter the route, more than make up for that.

Tayvonn Kyle, WR

Height/weight: 6-0, 165

High school: Lowndes (Valdosta, Georgia)

Rivals: 3 stars; 247Sports Composite: 3 stars, No. 161 2018 prospect in Georgia

Iowa State’s competition: Georgia State

What the Cyclones want him: Kyle is a bona-fide, “wow factor” playmaker who amassed 766 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns on 42 catches this season. He’s just fun to watch. He’s quick and shifts with lethal cuts. He can stop on a dime, then accelerate to full speed in a couple strides. He can weave through defenses with excellent field vision. He makes plays as the motion man, outside receiver or slot target. He returns punts and kickoffs for touchdowns. And he pairs all that with good hands and crisp routes.

Justin Birdsong, DB

Height/weight: 6-0, 180

High school: Stephenson (Stone Mountain, Georgia)

Rivals: 3 stars; 247Sports Composite: 3 stars, No. 107 cornerback in 2018

Iowa State’s competition: Appalachian State, Toledo, Duke (no offer), Illinois, Kansas, Kansas State, Minnesota

Why the Cyclones want him: Birdsong’s speed, ball skills and tackling make him a jack of all trades that projects well in Iowa State’s versatile defensive backfield. He operated with plenty of freedom in high school (mostly at free safety) and utilized his 4.46-second 40-yard dash speed to fly all over the field and make plays — in pass coverage and rush defense. He also boasts a 40-inch vertical, which comes in handy when battling against taller foes in pass coverage. 

Matthew Bain covers college football and basketball recruiting for the Des Moines Register. He also helps out with Iowa and Iowa State football and basketball coverage for HawkCentral and Cyclone Insider. Contact him at mbain@gannett.com and follow him on Twitter @MatthewBain_.

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Peterson: Steve Prohm rightfully chews out Cyclones — ‘This was bad, man’

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Plain and simple explanation from the Cyclones coach after loss at TCU.

FORT WORTH, Texas — Steve Prohm was mad.

Wow, was he mad.

“Just got our butts kicked,” Iowa State’s coach said after his team played horribly during most of a 96-73 loss at 25th-ranked TCU on Wednesday night. “Absolutely punched in the face, and we didn’t respond.

“Bottom line is that we got our butts kicked.”

Prohm is usually mild-mannered, but this was different. And he sensed it right from the start, when he called timeout just 4 ½ minutes into the game.

He was livid. He chewed butt. Everyone’s butt.

“I should have called it when it got to 4-2,”’ the coach said on the postgame podium, flanked by Donovan Jackson and Cameron Lard.

“I could see it. We weren’t in sync. Layup. Offensive rebound. Offensive rebound. Open 3-point shot. None of our coverages were right. We have to grow up.

“We have to be better on the defensive end. We were not locked in. You could see it.”

Prohm has preached defense all season. He talked about it in the locker room before the game. Breakdowns on that end of the floor aren’t new. They happened at Oklahoma State. They happened against Texas, and there were even some odd moments in the close loss at Kansas.

“We have to get an identity,” the angry coach continued. “It takes time. The identity for what I want is a toughness on both ends of the floor. We didn’t have either.”

There’s no denying that.

TCU, in winning just its second Big 12 Conference game this season, shot 60.3 for the game, including 48 percent from 3-point range. The Horned Frogs did it despite their starting point guard, Jaylen Fisher, sitting out with a knee injury.

Still, Iowa State played horribly. Still, the Cyclones played their worst conference game of the season, and that includes the 16-point loss at home against Kansas State.

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It won’t be a happy flight back to Ames.

No one played well, and that includes freshman sensation Lindell Wigginton, who scored two points, turned it over three times and committed two fouls during his first eight minutes on the floor. For one of the few times this season, he played like a true freshman.

He recovered to finish the game with 16 points, but he, too, had defensive breakdowns.

Donovan Jackson scored 19 points, but wasn’t immune from poor play on the other end.

“Nobody on our team played with energy and effort,” Jackson said.

Nobody.

Not even Cameron Lard, who had some defensive slips, as well. TCU scored 48 points in the paint.

The freshman scored 16 points and grabbed nine rebounds. He had three blocked shots and a glossy stat sheet. But what about the other end?

“Not playing hard,” he said when asked of the team’s Wednesday night problem. “We know what we can do. I feel like we need to start doing it.”

And sooner, rather than later. Saturday, it’s Texas Tech at home, fresh off a loss at Texas. On Monday, it’s at those Longhorns.

There’s no rest for the defenseless.

“We didn’t perform how we were supposed to,” Nick Weiler-Babb said. “We weren’t locked in.”

“It’s ridiculous,” Prohm continued. “We have to get an identity. When you watch our team play — people know what our team should look like. It should be tough, competitive, resilient, in sync and in synergy.”

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None of that accompanied the team to Fort Worth.

“I don’t know what it is,” Prohm said. “I’m the head coach. For this to happen — it’s obviously something I have to figure out how to do something better with them.”

Everyone knew there would be growing pains, but what happened at TCU was unacceptable.

“This was bad, man,” said Prohm, whose team trailed by 18 points just 9 ½ minutes into the game. “It was bad.”

Iowa State columnist Randy Peterson has been with the Register for parts of five decades. Randy writes opinion and analysis of Iowa State football and basketball. You can reach Randy at rpeterson@dmreg.com or on Twitter at @RandyPete.

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Iowa State falls short against “monster” Lady Bears


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Junior Bridget Carleton making her way into Bears territory during the game against Baylor on Jan. 17 at the Hilton Coliseum. 


“They’re a monster.”

That’s pretty much all that can be said about Baylor after its 79-50 victory over Iowa State on Wednesday night. The Lady Bears are ranked No. 4 for a reason, and they more than showed what they were capable of against the Cyclones.

Despite never really getting out of cruise control, Baylor was in command of every facet of the game from the opening tip. The tip-off was a moment symbolic of the gulf between the two teams.

The 6-foot-1 freshman guard Madison Wise took the tip for Iowa State, and she went up against Baylor’s 6-foot-4 forward Lauren Cox. Cox won the tip easily, and 18 seconds later the Lady Bears scored inside to take the lead.

They would not once come close to relinquishing it.

The first quarter was a horror show on every level for Iowa State. From blocked shots to turnovers to coach Bill Fennelly picking up his first technical foul of the year, everything that could go wrong did go wrong. Iowa State shot 1-for-17 in the first quarter for 5.9 percent.

It seemed like the Cyclones had lost as soon as Baylor arrived at Hilton. Fennelly spoke before the road contest with Baylor about the challenges of not losing the mental contest before tip-off, and after another first-quarter no show against the Lady Bears, he was frank once again.

“1-for-17 is 1-for-17,” Fennelly said. “[And] when you play a great team like Baylor it puts you in a huge hole.

“You say everything you can to a team, but I think the game’s lost before it even starts sometimes.”

Junior guard Bridget Carleton scored the Cyclones’ only basket of the quarter and was responsible for 12 of Iowa State’s first 14 points.

Carleton broke through a slump in tonight’s game, scoring 24 of the team’s 50 points on 7-for-19 shooting and added eight rebounds.

“It was nice to hit some threes finally,” Carleton said. “I guess the rest day paid off.”


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Freshman Madison Wise making her way down the court during their game against Baylor on Jan. 17 at the Hilton Coliseum.


Baylor’s sheer size advantage paid massive dividends, as the Lady Bears scored 22 first-half points in the paint compared to just six for the Cyclones. By the end of the game, Baylor’s rebounding advantage was 47-29. The Cyclones simply didn’t have an answer to Baylor’s post players.

Perhaps the most damning example of Baylor’s dominance was the nine-block performance from Cox. The Baylor forward had six blocks in the first 20 minutes of play and finished one block shy of a triple-double (21 points, 15 rebounds).

Cox credited her size advantage and coaching with her sterling performance.

“Coach puts emphasis on that all the time,” Cox said. “I knew I had size on them, so it was going to be easy to get some of those blocks.”

The Cyclones showed signs of life in the third quarter, playing tough defense and frustrating the Lady Bears. Iowa State outscored the Bears 17-14 in the quarter, trimming the deficit to 18 points and giving the Hilton crowd something to cheer about. Freshman guard Rae Johnson joined Carleton as the only two Cyclones to reach double figures on the night, scoring 10 points and adding three assists.


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Freshman Rae Johnson dodging the players from Baylor during their match at the Hilton Coliseum on Jan. 17. 


Johnson played 30 minutes and took playing time from senior guard Emily Durr, who did not play in the second half at all. When asked if Durr was ok, Fennelly’s response was curt.

“She’s fine,” Fennelly said. “Coach’s decision.”

The Lady Bears got back to their best in the fourth, stretching the lead to 29 at the final buzzer. Baylor scored 25 points in the final frame and the Cyclones have now allowed 54 total fourth quarter points in their last two home games.

As the final buzzer sounded the Cyclones shook hands and walked off the court, beaten and bruised by the Big 12’s boogeyman once again.

Source: Iowa State Daily

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Peterson: Iowa State didn’t even show up on the defensive end against TCU

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FORT WORTH, Texas – Steve Prohm preached defense this week. He talked about it repeatedly. He emphasized it during practice. He mentioned it before exiting the locker room for Wednesday’s game at Texas Christian.

Maybe someday, his Cyclones will get the message.

His guys certainly didn’t heed his advice during a 96-73 loss at Schollmaier Arena against a 25th-ranked team that now has two Big 12 Conference victories on its 2017-18 resume. The Horned Frogs shot 60.3 percent, including 48 percent from three-point range, in handing Iowa State its fifth loss in six conference games. They made shots from throughout the shooting end, many were unguarded.

“Just got our butts kicked,” Prohm said afterward. “This was bad, man. We just didn’t compete. It’s on me. I’m not used to being in this situation. We need an identity of what it takes to win on the road. It starts with toughness.”

Not exactly the way to start a rapid-fire series of Cyclones games that incudes Texas Tech on Saturday in Ames and Texas on Monday night in Austin.

From an Iowa State perspective, ugly isn’t a strong enough term. The Cyclones played horribly at times Wednesday night.

It was so dreadful from an Iowa State standpoint that super freshman Lindell Wigginton played just 8 minutes during a first half in which he scored two points, turned it over three times and committed two fouls. For one of the few times this season, he played like a true freshman.

The Cyclones trailed by 18 points just 9½ minutes into the game against a team that played without starting point guard Jaylen Fisher. He’s going to be sidelined for a while because of a knee injury, but Wednesday, it didn’t matter if he was in the game or watching while seated on a folding chair under one of the baskets. The outcome wasn’t going to change.

“We weren’t dialed in,” Prohm said. “Layup, offensive rebounds, wide-open 3. We have to grow up. We were not locked in. You could see it.”

Did I say ugly? Cyclone Cameron Lard received a technical foul (he said something a ref deemed inappropriate) after making a first-half basket in the lane.

And all that happened in just the first half, a 20-minute stretch of ball that included TCU making 56.3 percent of its shots, including 7 of its 15 three-point attempts, while leading 47-35.

Iowa State got a solid performance from Donovan Jackson, whose three-point basket brought his team within 54-46 with 16:20 left in the game. He scored 19 points, and Lard played OK, too, with 16 points and nine rebounds.

Wigginton, so good for much of the season and especially the previous two games, finally came around in the second half, but by then there was no recovering against a team that started the season with 12 wins in a row.

Offense isn’t as much an Iowa State problem as what’s happening on the other end – which is nothing. That’s the reason the Cyclones lost – and that’s the reason they’ll continue to struggle until they get their coaches’ message.

Iowa State columnist Randy Peterson has been with the Register for parts of five decades. Randy writes opinion and analysis of Iowa State football and basketball. You can reach Randy at rpeterson@dmreg.com or on Twitter at @RandyPete.

 

 

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Iowa State track and field travels back to Iowa City looking for improvement



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ISU sophomore Chris Celona competes in the men’s weight throw during the Big 12 Indoor Championships at the Lied Rec Center on Feb. 26. Celona would go on to place eighth with a best throw of 17.37 meters. 


The Iowa State men’s track and field team goes back to Iowa City for the second straight weekend in the Larry Wieczorek Invitational. The Cyclones are coming off a big weekend and they look to build off of it.

As the Cyclones travel onto this next weekend, they are tasked with another event at the home of the Hawkeyes and this time, it seems, there is more to prove. With a couple meets already past them, they should be looking at improved times and distances.

“I figured out what I’ve been doing wrong,” said junior thrower Vlad Pavlenko when discussing his recent success. “You just keep making the tiny corrections.”

Pavlenko has been dominant this year in the weight throwing category, earning first place in every meet so far. This weekend, he hopes he can continue that success and tally another win against a tougher competition.

Mitch Dixon, a weight thrower for Kansas State, will pose a threat to Pavlenko’s dominance so far.

“He’s really our first Big 12 opponent that I’ll be facing,” Pavlenko said. “It’d be nice to go against him. To beat him would be cool.”

Many new challenges will arise from this meet. One thing Iowa State has not done this year yet is the heptathlon. This weekend, Wyatt Rhoads will compete in the event. Since it is his first of the year, nobody knows just what to expect.


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Freshman Wyatt Rhoads runs toward the finish line during the 60-meter hurdles as part of the men’s heptathalon at the Big 12 Indoor Championships held at the Lied Rec Center on Feb. 27. Rhoads placed ninth with a time of 8.74 seconds.


Rhoads has been the multi-sport athlete for the Cyclones over the last two seasons and he has competed in heptathlons and decathlons.

“The biggest thing for me is just to be a tone setter,” said senior Jalen Ford when asked about his leadership role on the team. “Whenever I’m in the weight room I’m probably the most annoying one.”

When asked about what goes through his mind right before a jump Ford replied with “nothing.”

“My biggest problem was actually thinking too much,” Ford said. 

Ford is a high jumper and he participated only in the Cyclone Duals, but he got his personal record in that meet. Ford will look to improve upon a solid start to the season. He’s Iowa State’s best high jumper and he will be on display this weekend.


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Ford can make a positive impact on some of the younger Cyclone athletes with his mental poise and his leadership abilities.

Another athlete who should be watched closely this weekend is redshirt junior distance runner Dan Curts.

Curts performed well last week as he finished first in the 1,000-meter run. This weekend he will be racing in three different events and he figures to make an impact on how the team does as a whole.

This meet is the first one in which a Big 12 school has been competing against the Cyclones. That being said, this is a very important meet and has strong implications as Iowa State starts to face its conference.

Source: Iowa State Daily

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