Seventh-Ranked Cyclones Prepare for NCAA Championships
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AMES, Iowa - The seventh-ranked Iowa State women's cross country team is set for its final race of the 2011 season as it heads to the NCAA Cross Country Championships Monday in Terre Haute, Ind. The Cyclone women automatically qualified for the NCAA Championships after winning the Midwest Regional for the second consecutive year. This marks the third straight year that the Iowa State women have qualified for the NCAA Cross Country Championships.
Iowa State will rely on the consistency of its top-three runners in All-Americans Betsy Saina and Dani Stack, as well as Meaghan Nelson. Nelson has posted a standout season as she returns from injuries that kept her from competing in the 2010 cross country season. All three earned All-Big 12 honors and the trio along with sophomore Morgan Casey earned All-Region honors this season.
The Cyclone women have posted their winningest season yet under head coach Corey Ihmels, bringing home team titles from the Roy Griak Invitational, the Big 12 Championships and the NCAA Midwest Regional Championships. The Cyclones placed four of their top-five runners in the top-10 at the Midwest Regional and are in a good position entering the NCAA Championship race on Monday. The seventh-place ranking in the latest poll released by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association is also the highest national ranking the Cyclone women have ever received. Iowa State's women were ranked seventh by the USTFCCCA for two weeks during the 2009 season as well.
The 6,000-meter race at the NCAA Championships is set for a noon CST start time on the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course on Nov. 21. A live webcast of the meet will be shown on NCAA.com from 11 a.m. CST through 12:30 p.m. CST. Results will be posted on cyclones.com at the conclusion of the meet.