Martin Smith
Head Coach

Dear prospective Cyclone,

On behalf of our entire coaching staff, I would like to thank you for your interest in Iowa State and our cross country and track & field programs.  When the time comes to consider a school and program at which you will continue your education and athletic career, I would like you to explore Iowa State.

While there are numerous factors to consider when choosing the right school for you, I am confident that Iowa State has much to offer.  Academically, Iowa State is among the top 50 public universities in the country, according to US News and World Report, and 14 of the academic areas of interest are ranked among the top 25 programs in the United States.  Our current student-athletes have found tremendous success in the classroom, and receive excellent academic support from one of the finest student-athlete academic centers in the country.

Athletically, the Cyclone cross country and track & field programs have enjoyed extensive success.  Our teams’ tradition boasts numerous top conference and national finishes both on the individual level and as a team, including 2 NCAA team championships and 19 NCAA individual champions.  We are proud to represent 281 All-Americans, 396 conference champions, not to mention 2 Olympic gold medalists and 6 previous world record holders.  Our most accomplished current student-athlete, Lisa Koll holds the American-collegiate record in the 10,000-meter run and was the 2008 NCAA national champion in that event.

Our facilities include an 8-lane, 300-meter indoor track, where we host the majority of our indoor meets, including the Big 12 Indoor Championships in 2010.  Our cross country specific course has played host to two NCAA National Championship meets as well as the 2008 Big 12 Cross Country Championships.  We currently have an 8-lane outdoor track, but as we continue to strive to provide the best environment possible for our student-athletes, plans are in place to build a new state of the art outdoor track and field facility.

Thank you for taking the time to familiarize yourself with Iowa State University. I invite you to visit the interactive PDF above for a quick study on the opportunities that await you at ISU. I want to wish you good luck with your college search. I hope we can welcome you to the Cyclone family in the near future.

Best regards,


Martin Smith
Director of Track and Field and Cross Country

P.S. Additional information on Iowa State University is available here at the university’s official admissions web site.