Cyclone Women Excited for Wisconsin Adidas Invite
AMES, Iowa – The Iowa State women’s cross country team travels to Madison, Wis. Saturday to compete in the fifth annual Wisconsin Adidas Invitational. The meet hosted by the University of Wisconsin was established in 2009 and has quickly become one of the nation’s premier cross country events.
Iowa State women’s cross country head coach Andrea Grove-McDonough is excited for her runners to compete on the big stage.
“This is a very important and exciting weekend for us,” Grove-McDonough said. “We’ve studied the list and have our eye on a few spots that would give us some breathing room going into the regional meet. We hope to get all of our runners across in the top-30, if not the top-50.”
The meet will field one of the strongest lineups in the nation, with 26 teams ranked or receiving votes in the latest United State Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches of America (USTFCCCA) poll. Seven of the top-10 nationally ranked teams will be competing, including No. 1 Providence, No. 3 Arizona and No. 4 Washington.
“We’ve had a great block of training with some monster workouts after recovering from the Griak meet,” Grove-McDonough said. “I think the team has come out with a lot of confidence and excitement. It’s great to see that confidence and it energizes me as a coach as well.”
The Cyclones are the defending champions of the Wisconsin Adidas Invitational as the only team to place all five scorers in the top 50 at last year’s meet.
Iowa State will also be competing a team in the women’s B 6K race and Edward Kemboi in the men’s B 8K race, as the junior makes his season debut.
The women’s race will start at 12:00 p.m. CT, with the gun firing for the men’s B race at 12:45 p.m. The women’s B race will start at 1:20 p.m.
Last Time Out
Iowa State is coming off a fifth place finish at the Roy Griak Invitational, behind a third place showing from Crystal Nelson. Nelson’s 20:50 6K performance garnered Big 12 Runner of the Week honors. The Cyclones were one of four teams to place three runners in the top 21 (Nelson-third, Rotich-17th, Brown-21st).