Edith Nakiyingi was honored as the 1992 Big Eight Athlete of the Year. The award was a fitting honor for one of the most decorated athletes in Cyclone history. She was the first woman in ISU history to earn the conference accolade.
Nakiyingi finished her ISU career as a two-time NCAA champion, six-time All-America, 11-time Big Eight champion and as a four-time winner at 800-meter run in both the Big Eight Championship and Drake Relays.
She captured her first NCAA title in 1989, winning the 800-meter run in a NCAA meet record of 2:05.68. That season, Nakiyingi won two Big Eight indoor titles, the 1,000-meter and distance medley relay and the 800-meter run in outdoor competition.
Nakiyingi again won the NCAA 800-meter indoor title in 1991 in Indianapolis, Ind. She broke away from the field in the final 150 meters to claim the title by more than 15 meters in a time of 2:04.84. At the conclusion of Nakiyingi’s career, she owned three of the four fastest 800-meter times in NCAA indoor meet history.
The Cyclone distance runner was twice honored as the most outstanding performer at the Big Eight outdoor meet. In 1991, she captured four Big Eight titles in 1990.
Nakiyingi also excelled in cross country for the Cyclones. She helped lead ISU to the 1990 Big Eight Conference cross country title. At the NCAA Championships in 1989, she finished 16th.
Nakiyingi qualified to run for Uganda in the 1988 Olympics but was not allowed to travel to Seoul because of mistakes made by the Ugandan Olympic Committee. In 1990, the Ugandan runner finished second in the 400-meter and 800-meter runs at the African Games in Cairo, Egypt.