Cyclone Women Move Up In Latest USTFCCCA Rankings
NEW ORLEANS, La. – The Iowa State women’s cross country team climbed one slot in the latest United State Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches of America (USTFCCCA) poll. The Cyclones are now ranked No. 25, nationally.
The women impressed at the 28th annual Roy Griak Invitational Saturday, marking the first race of the season for several runners including sophomore Crystal Nelson. Nelson led the Cyclone charge with a 20 minute, 50 second third place finish at the highly touted event. The Winchester, Va., native finished behind only individual champion Shelby Houlihan (Arizona State) and Elvin Kibet (Arizona). Both will likely be All-American candidates this season.
Sophomore Perez Rotich (17th) also notched a top-20 finish in 21:21. Freshman Bethanie Brown was strong in her Cyclone debut, running to a 21st overall finish in 21:26. Click here for more information on the Waterville, Maine, native. Katy Moen and Ejiro Okoro rounded out Iowa State's scoring at 28th and 50th, respectively.
The Cyclones finished ahead of two higher ranked opponents in No. 26 Vanderbilt and then-No. 21 North Carolina State.
At No. 25, Iowa State is the second highest nationally ranked team from the Big 12, behind No. 18 Oklahoma State. Texas dropped to No. 27 in the poll.
The next USTFCCCA national poll will be released on Oct. 8. Click here for the USTFCCCA's complete release.
The Iowa State women’s next competition is slated for Oct. 19 at the Wisconsin Adidas Invitational.