Jack Trice Stadium Expansion Project
Football Gameday Social Experience
Article Image
Courtesy: Athletics Communications

Saina Runs No. 3 All-Time Collegiate 10K

Courtesy: cyclones.com
Release: 04/29/2013
Send this article to a friend Print RSS
Related Links
More from Cyclones.tv

PALO ALTO, Calif. - Iowa State’s Betsy Saina raced to a 10,000-meter Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational title late Sunday, winning in 31:37.22, the third-fastest time ever run by a collegiate performer. Saina’s time is the second-fastest clocking in the world this season, trailing only U.S. Olympic Trials champion Shalane Flanagan’s 31:04.85.

Former Iowa Stater Lisa Uhl, now running for Nike, finished 15th in the event in 32:31.98. Uhl is the all-time collegiate 10,000-meter record-holder with a 31:18.07 mark set in 2010. Cyclone Meaghan Nelson placed 17th in the race in 33:05.71. Nelson was one of only four collegians in the race.

Saina traded the lead on and off with eventual fourth-place finisher Kim Smith throughout the first 8,000 meters before asserting supremacy. Saina ran under the IAAF World Championships qualifying standard of 31:45, meaning if she qualifies for run for her native Kenya later this year, she will make the meet which is in Moscow in August.

“I felt good,” Saina said. “I could have gone a little faster but I achieved the “A” standard which was important to me. I can concentrate on running strong for Iowa State the rest of the season.”

Iowa State head coach Corey Ihmels commended his runners.

“Betsy wanted to run a little faster and take a shot at the collegiate records but in the end she came out on top of what was a top-flight field and that in and of itself is impressive. Meghan has been a little dinged up but battled hard and did a good job.  Now we get ready for the Big 12 Championships.”

Iowa State will compete in the Big 12 Outdoor Track and Field Championships, Friday through Sunday in Waco, Texas.



10,000 meters – 1. Betsy Saina, IOWA STATE, 31:37.22; 17. Meaghan Nelson, IOWA STATE, 33:05.71

More on Men's Basketball
The Team
Head coach Fred Hoiberg | Coaching Staff
Roster | Big 12 Standings | Weekly Release

Big 12 On Television FAQ

Social Media
Twitter | Facebook

Hilton Coliseum
Sukup Basketball Practice Facility

Historical Information
Archives | Encyclopedia
Records | Results | Tradition

Inside Iowa State
Camps | Cyclone Alley | For Recruits
Hilton Magic | Inside MBB Video

South End Zone webcam
Cyclone Connections
Cyclone Sidebar
Farm Strong Slider
Cyclone Spotlight
Cy's Pets of the Week
2:00 Timeout
U.S. Cellular Text the Coach
Sweet Caroline
Fight Song