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Betsy Saina
Position: Distance
Year: Redshirt Senior
Hometown: Eldoret, Kenya
High School: Otago Girls
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Betsy Saina
Courtesy: cyclones.com
Release: 01/29/2009

Awards & Honors:
Three-time National Champion: Cross Country, 10,000m, 5,000m
11-time All-American
Nine-time Big 12 Champion

2012-2013: OUTDOOR: NCAA Champion in the 10,000-meter run in a time of 33:08.85 ... was NCAA runner-up in the 5,000 in 15:50.26 ... placed first in the 10,000-meter run and fifth in the 5,000-meter run at the NCAA West Regional with times of 34:52.34 and 16:07.18 ... earned All-Big 12 Honors for the eighth time winning the 5,000-meter run at the Big 12 Championships with 15:41.64 ... won the 10,000-meter run in a time of 31:37.22 at the Payton Jordan Invite ... broke the Iowa State school record in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 15:12.05 at the Stanford Invite ... INDOOR: Placed second in the 5,000-meter run with 15:33.66, fourth in the 3,000-meter run with 9:07.34 at the NCAA Championship meet ... became the first Cyclone to win three first-place titles at a Big 12 Indoor Track and Field Championship meet in the mile run (4:44.68), 3,000-meter run (9:51.06), and 5,000-meter run (15:21.66) ... earned first place in the 5,000-meter run with a school record time of 15:21.66 at the ISU Classic ... won the mile run at the ISU Open in a time of 4:40.98. XC: Earned both USTFCCCA Athlete of the Year and All-American honors for the fifth time after winning the NCAA Championships with a time of 19:27.9 ... earned All-Region honors as the top finisher for Cyclones ... won the NCAA Midwest Regional ... won the Big 12 Championships with a time of 20:06.8 ... placed second at the Wisconsin Adidas Invite with a time of 19:35 ... won the Griak Invite on the Les Bolstad course.

2011-2012: OUTDOOR: Earned 12th at the U.S. Olympic Trials in the 10,000-meter run with a time of 32:32.45 ... placed first at the Peyton Jordan Invite with a time of 31:15.97 in the 10,000-meter run, earning first place in the World 10,000-meter run Leaders ... INDOOR:National Champion in the 5000-meter run and third-place finisher in the 3000-meter run earning All-America honors for the fifth and sixth times at the NCAA Indoor Championships ... named Big 12 Indoor Track and Field Outstanding Female Performer of the Year ... earned All-Big 12 honors winning the 3000 and 5000-meter runs at the Big 12 Indoor Championships ... won the 3000-meter run at the Bill Bergan Invitational in 9:06.61, qualifying for the NCAA Indoor Championships ... won the 5000-meter run at the ISU Classic in 15:36.09, qualifying for the NCAA Indoor Championships ... won the mile at the ISU Open. XC: Earned All-America honors for the fourth time finishing ninth at the NCAA Championships ... earned second-team Academic All-Big 12 honors ... earned All-Region honors as the Cyclones' top finisher and the meet runner-up at the NCAA Midwest Regional ... earned All-Big 12 honors finishing 13th at the Big 12 Championships ... finished 15th at the Roy Griak Invitational ... finished 18th at the Wisconsin Adidas Invitational ... competing unattached, was runner-up at the Iowa Intercollegiate.

2010-2011: OUTDOOR: Competed in the 10,000-meter run at the NCAA Outdoor Championships ... finished third in the 10,000-meter run and 13th in the 5,000-meter run at the NCAA West Regional ... earned All-Big 12 honors as the 5,000-meter run champion (16:06.05) and fourth-place finisher in the 10,000-meter run at the Big 12 Championships ... competed in the 10,000-meter run at the Stanford Invitational ... was a member of the 4x1600-meter relay team at the Drake Relays. INDOOR: Earned All-America honors for the third time, finishing third in the 5,000-meter run at the NCAA Indoor Championships ... named Midwest Region Female Track Athlete of the Year by the USTFCCCA ... earned All-Big 12 honors as the 5,000-meter run champion (16:14.96) and third-place finisher in the 3,000-meter run (9:23.90) at the Big 12 Indoor Championships … earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Indoor Championships with a first-place finish and personal best time in the 5,000-meter run (15:50.74) at the ISU Classic … finished fourth in the mile run at the ISU Open (4:51.39), a personal best time. XC: Finished 88th at the NCAA Cross Country Championships (21:15.79) ... runner-up (20:01.54) at the 2010 NCAA Midwest Regional, earning All-Region honors ... runner-up at the 2010 Big 12 Cross Country Championships (20:18.55), earning All-Conference honors ... finished 14th at the Pre-Nationals Invitational (20:39.40) ... sixth-place finish on the 6,000-meter course (21:16.40) at the Roy Griak Invitational.

2009-2010: OUTDOOR: Finished second in the 10,000-meter run (33:13.13) at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, earning All-American honors and personal best in the event … runner-up in the 10,000-meter run (34:25.85) at the NCAA West Regional Championships … finished third in the 5,000-meter run (16:10.69) and 10,000-meter run (34:37.70) at the 2010 Big 12 Outdoor Track and Field Championships, a personal best in the 5,000-meter run … competed in the 10,000-meter run (34:13.03) at the Stanford Invitational. INDOOR: Placed third in the 5,000-meter run (16:23.06) and 12th in the 3,000-meter run (9:39.45) at the Big 12 Indoor Championships … second-place finish in the 3,000-meter run (10:44.20) at the ISU Open … finished fourth in the mile (4:53.89) at the Bill Bergan Invitational. XC: Competed at the NCAA Cross Country Championships (21:36) … competed at the Big 12 Championships (22:15) … 8th-place finish at the Pre Nationals Invitational (20:40) … third-place finish at the Roy Griak Invitational (21:28) on the 6,000-meter Les Bolstad Golf Course.

2008-2009: OUTDOOR: Named 2009 Big 12 Outdoor Track & Field Freshman of the Year ... seventh-place finish in the 5,000-meter run (16:40.87) at the NCAA Outdoor Championships ... placed second in the 5,000-meter run (16:15.74) at the NCAA Midwest Regional Championships ... runner-up in the 5,000-meter run (16:38.76) and the 10,000-meter run (36:34.94) at the Big 12 Outdoor Championships ... runner-up in the 5,000-meter run (16:48.23) at the Mount Sac Relays ... sixth-place finish in the 5,000-meter run (17:18.15) at the Stanford Invitational.

Before Iowa State: Ran personal bests in the 3000-meters (9:56), 6000-meters (22:00)

Personal: Born June 30, 1988 ... Christine and David Saina ... agriculture and life science.

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