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Cyclone Women Run To First Big 12 Cross Country Title

Release: 10/29/2011
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COLLEGE STATION, Texas - The No. 13 Iowa State women’s cross country team ran to its first ever Big 12 Conference cross country title Saturday at the Pebble Creek Country Club. The Cyclone women recorded 68 team points to edge out No. 12 Texas, which had 83 points. The Iowa State men recorded a fifth-place finish with 137 team points. Oklahoma State won the men's team title for the fourth consecutive year with 30 points.

"The conference race never goes to form," Iowa State head coach Corey Ihmels said. "Our women did a great job of battling throughout the race. We got a huge effort out of our fourth and fifth finishers, which is what we were going to need to win the title."

Iowa State's women were led by junior Meaghan Nelson, who finished second with a time of 19:33.80 in the 6,000-meter race. Nelson, a junior from Cedar Rapids, was followed closely by teammates Dani Stack and Betsy Saina, who finished sixth and 13th, respectively. All three Cyclones earned All-Big 12 honors. Morgan Casey finished 20th and Taylor Petersen finished 27th, rounding out the Cyclones' top-five finishers.

"I told the team last night that someone was going to step up," Ihmels said. "Taylor Petersen had not been in our top seven this season, but she had a great effort today. Meaghan (Nelson) was talking to me last night and expressed a few doubts about whether she was truly one of the conference's top runners. Today, she almost won the Big 12 title."

Iowa State's men were led by senior Rico Loy, who posted a 12th-place finish on the 8,000-meter course with a time of 24:08.00. Loy earns All-Big 12 honors for his top-15 finish. Martin Coolidge and Falko Zauber crossed the finish line 27th and 31st, respectively, as the second and third finishers for the Cyclone men. Edward Kemboi and Charlie Paul rounded out the team points for the Iowa State men, as they finished 35th and 39th, respectively.

Iowa State's fifth-place effort marked the eighth straight year the Cyclone men have finished in the Big 12's upper division in men's cross country.

"I was pleased how our men went out and fought today," Ihmels said. "We have made so much progress over the last two weeks.  I think both teams will make further progress in the next two weeks."

Iowa State will compete next in the Midwest Regional Nov. 12 in DeKalb, Ill.



Men's 8,000-Meter Race: 1) German Fernandez, Oklahoma State, 23:25.40; 12) Rico Loy, IOWA STATE, 24:08.00; 27) Martin Coolidge, IOWA STATE, 24:25.80; 31) Falko Zauber, IOWA STATE, 24:35.90; 35) Edward Kemboi, IOWA STATE, 24:40.30; 39) Charlie Paul, IOWA STATE, 24:51.50; 53) Besu Shannon-Tamrat, IOWA STATE, 25:19.10; 58) Alex Dillenbeck, IOWA STATE, 25:29.70; 61) Steve Dado, IOWA STATE, 25:41.70; 62) Stephen Saylor, IOWA STATE, 25:44.30; 84) Abdou Seye, IOWA STATE, 27:24.20

Women's 6,000-Meter Race:
1) Caroline Jepleting, Texas Tech, 19:30.30; 2) Meaghan Nelson, IOWA STATE, 19:33.80; 6) Dani Stack, IOWA STATE, 19:49.50; 13) Betsy Saina, IOWA STATE, 20:09.90; 20) Morgan Casey, IOWA STATE, 20:27.80; 27) Taylor Petersen, IOWA STATE, 20:46.00; 44) Maggie Gannon, IOWA STATE, 21:08.90; 45) India Lee, IOWA STATE, 21:12.80; 46) Katy Moen, IOWA STATE, 21:13.00; 57) Beth Olson, IOWA STATE; 21:30.20; 64) Maddy Becker, IOWA STATE, 21:41.00

Men's Team Scores: 1) Oklahoma State, 30; 2) Oklahoma, 43; 3) Texas, 87; 4) Texas A&M, 102; 5) IOWA STATE, 137; 6) Missouri, 170; 7) Kansas, 185; 8) Kansas State, 255; 9) Baylor, 274; 10) Texas Tech, 314

Women's Team Scores: 1) IOWA STATE, 68; 2) Texas, 83; 3) Oklahoma State, 86; 4) Missouri, 125; 5) Texas Tech, 126; 6) Texas A&M, 149; 7) Kansas, 169; 8) Oklahoma, 189; 9) Kansas State, 201; 10) Baylor, 214.

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