Cyclone Men Finish Third At NCAA Midwest Regional
AMES, Iowa – The No. 24 Iowa State men’s cross country team finished third at the NCAA Midwest Regional this afternoon behind a fourth-place individual finish by Cyclone senior Mohamed Hrezi. The third-place finish marks the highest men’s regional finish by the since 2009.
Hrezi finshed the 10-kilometer race in 30 minutes and 33 seconds. Martin Coolidge (14th) and Alexander Dillenbeck (25th) also ran to top-25 finishes, crossing the finish line in 30:46.9 and 31:04.9, respectively. Hrezi, Coolidge and Dillenbeck each earned All-Region honors for their performances.
The Cyclones ran as a pack for the majority of the race, as they have done all season. The men used a great final three kilometers to pass several teams and lift themselves into the top-three.
Iowa State director of track and field and cross country Martin Smith was very pleased with the team’s performance throughout the race.
“The regional races are very tactical, and I thought our guys did a great job, especially for our first 10-kilometer race of the season,” Smith said. “I was most pleased with our team’s mental toughness and physical determination.”
The Cyclones ran a 43-second spread across scoring runners in today’s race. It was the sixth-tightest spread in the 28-team field.
“Our guys knew that we needed to finish in the top-three to be considered for nationals,” Smith said. “They went out there, raced hard to finish in that position.”
The top two teams from each region qualify for next Saturday’s NCAA Championships in Terra Haute, Ind. The men wait to find out if they receive an at-large big to the championships. The top-four individuals not on an automatic-qualifying team also qualify to run a the NCAA Championships.
1. Oklahoma State – 45 pts
2. Tulsa – 57 pts
3. Iowa State – 113 pts
4. Oklahoma – 154 pts
5. Minnesota – 156 pts
1. Chris O’Hare, Tulsa – 30:28; 4. Mohamed Hrezi, IOWA STATE – 30:33; 14. Martin Coolidge, IOWA STATE – 30:47; 25. Alexander Dillenbeck, IOWA STATE – 31:05; 33. Edward Kemboi, IOWA STATE - 31:12; 38. Tyler Jermann, IOWA STATE – 31:17; 39. Brian Llamas, IOWA STATE – 31:18; 94. Stephen Saylor, IOWA STATE – 32:25