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Iowa State Women Defend Regional Title, Men Claim Sixth

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Release: 11/12/2011
         
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DEKALB, Ill. - The Iowa State women's cross country team defended its NCAA Midwest Regional title Saturday, winning the team title for the second consecutive year. With the win, the Cyclones automatically qualify for the NCAA Cross Country Championships Nov. 21 in Terre Haute, Ind.

With four of their top-five runners finishing in the top-10, the Cyclones won the team title comfortably with 64 team points. Oklahoma State finished second in the women's race with 119 points. The Iowa State men finished sixth in the team race with 182 points and will wait to see if they earn an at-large bid to the NCAA Championships. Oklahoma State's men won the team title with 42 points.

Iowa State's women were led by junior Betsy Saina, who was the race's runner-up for the second straight year. Following closely were teammates Meaghan Nelson finishing fourth, Dani Stack finishing seventh and Morgan Casey taking 10th. Rounding out the Cyclone women's top-five finishers was India Lee who crossed the finish line 41st in the 6,000-meter race. Saina, Nelson, Stack and Casey all earned All-Region honors.

Senior Rico Loy once again paced the Cyclone men, earning an 18th-place finish and All-Region honors. Loy could also be eligible for an individual at-large bid to the NCAA Championships. Freshman Edward Kemboi and sophomore Martin Coolidge crossed the finish line together, 28th and 29th respectively.

The NCAA will announce the teams chosen for an at-large bid to the NCAA Championships by Sunday evening. The women's 6,000-meter race at the NCAA Championships is set for noon CST on Nov. 21.

Results:
Men's 10,000-Meter Race:
1) Hassan Mead, Minnesota, 31:16.87; 18) Rico Loy, IOWA STATE, 31:41.50; 28) Edward Kemboi, IOWA STATE, 32:01.37; 29) Martin Coolidge, IOWA STATE, 32:02.39; 53) Besu Shannon-Tamrat, IOWA STATE, 32:44.16; 56) Charlie Paul, IOWA STATE 32:46.15; 80) Falko Zauber, IOWA STATE, 33:34.55; 88) Steve Dado, IOWA STATE, 33:45.51;
Women's 6,000-Meter Race: 1) Aliphine Tuliamuk, Wichita State, 20:40.89; 2) Betsy Saina, IOWA STATE, 20:53.16; 4) Meaghan Nelson, IOWA STATE, 20:55.93; 7) Dani Stack, IOWA STATE, 21:09.46; 10) Morgan Casey, IOWA STATE, 21:16.14; 41) India Lee, IOWA STATE, 22:13.33; 48) Taylor Petersen, IOWA STATE, 22:22.70; 61) Katy Moen, IOWA STATE, 22:33.00.

Men's Team Results: 1) Oklahoma State, 42; 2) Oklahoma, 45; 3) Tulsa, 119; 4) Minnesota, 128; 5) Illinois, 156; 6) IOWA STATE, 182; 7) Missouri, 210; 8) Kansas, 219; 9) Iowa, 275; 10) Southern Illinois, 300; 11) Loyola (Ill.), 302; 12) Drake, 322; 13) UMKC, 387; 14) Nebraska, 398; 15) North Dakota State, 402; 16) Eastern Illinois, 435; 17) South Dakota State, 437; 18) Wichita State, 467; 19) Bradley, 542; 20) Illinois-Chicago, 547; 21) SE Missouri, 577; 22) Kansas State, 629; 23) DePaul, 660; 24) Saint Louis, 664; 25) Creighton, 730.
Women's Team Results: 1) IOWA STATE, 64; 2) Oklahoma State, 119; 3) Minnesota, 136; 4) Iowa, 146; 5) Northwestern, 204; 6) Nebraska, 215; 7) Missouri, 238; 8) Tulsa, 249; 9) Kansas, 255; 10) Oklahoma, 296; 11) Illinois State, 312; 12) Wichita State, 315; 13) North Dakota State, 355; 14) Kansas State, 461; 15) Illinois, 473; 16) South Dakota State, 473; 17) Bradley, 481; 18) Eastern Illinois, 483; 19) UMKC, 488; 20) Oral Roberts, 509; 21) Northern Iowa, 522; 22) Saint Louis, 530; 23) Southern Illinois, 552; 24) Loyola (Ill.) 581; 25) Missouri State, 619; 26) SE Missouri, 721; 27) DePaul, 737; 28) Northern Illinois, 786.

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