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IOWA CITY, Iowa – Steve Dado and Ejiro Okoro both ran to top-five finishes today, leading Iowa State at the Iowa Black and Gold Invitational. The Cyclone women finished second, nine points behind first-place Alabama in the 4K race, while the men finished third in the 6K contest.

Dado placed fourth in the men’s race, giving him two consecutive top-five finishes to start the season. The Stillwater, Minn., native finished in 18:54.66. Nick Schulze also earned a spot in the top-10, running to an eighth place finish in 18:59.20. Shortly behind Schulze in 19:02.58, sophomore Nick Jackosky finished 12th.

Overall, men’s assistant Eric Harasyn was pleased with the Cyclones’ discipline in tonight’s race.

“I thought we did a good job of sticking to the race plan tonight,” Harasyn said. “We wanted to go out with the lead pack and advance later in the race. Steve Dado and Nick Schulze did a great job of that. Nick Jackosky also did great moving up at the end.”

Okoro (5th), Maggie Gannon (6th) and Andrea Toppin (8th) each finished in the top-10 for the Cyclone women. Okoro and Gannon worked well together throughout the race, both finishing within five tenths of a second of the other at 14:18.18 and 14.18.53, respectively. Toppin had a strong last mile, moving her ahead of several runners in the field. The Cyclones placed all five scorers in the top-15 with Anna Buenneke and Taylor McDowell finishing 12th and 13th.

Women’s head cross country coach Andrea Grove-McDonough was pleased with today’s showing.

“Overall, I thought we had a good day,” Grove-McDonough said. “We wanted to stay relaxed over the first [1000m] and finish hard in the last [1000m], which we did a good job of. I thought Ej [Okoro] and Maggie did a great job together at the finish. It was an impressive night overall.”

The Iowa State women rested their top six runners.

Iowa junior Kevin Lewis won the men’s race in 18:33.68, while Baylor’s Rachel Johnson took home the women’s individual title in 13:56.28.

The Cyclone women will return to the course on Sept. 28th, when the team travels to Minneapolis, Minn. for the Roy Griak Invitational. The men return to action at the Lehigh Paul Short Run in Bethlehem, Pa. on Oct. 5th.

 

Team Results
Women
Alabama – 35
Iowa State – 44
Baylor – 51
Iowa - 97

Men
Iowa – 18
Alabama – 53
Iowa State – 57


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