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1985 ISU Women's Cross Country Team
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Archive Podcast: The Memory of the 1985 ISU XC Team: Tami Prescott

Tami Prescott-ISU along with Jim Kirby

Tami Prescott-ISU along with Jim Kirby

Every year around this time, members of the ISU family pause to remember the events surrounding the 1985 NCAA National Cross Country Championships.  What should have been a time of joy, success and love, turned into a tragic day that shocked anyone connected with collegiate cross country and the Cyclone Community. It was a day when we lost so much.

Feature photo:1985 ISU Women’s Cross Country Team©Cyclones Athletics
Link to Cyclone Athletic Department’s Documentary: “Forever True: The Story of the 1985 Cross Country Team” click here!

 

A small tribute marks the site of the plane crash of one of the planes carrying some of the 1985 ISU Cross Country Team ©Jim Kirby 2017

A small tribute marks the site of the plane crash of one of the planes carrying some of the 1985 ISU Cross Country Team
©Jim Kirby 2017

In 2016, Next Level Iowa sat down with Tami Prescott, a member of that 1985 team, and we talked about the people and the events of that tragic day. Here is that interview with Tami Prescott recorded November 20, 2015

(interview begins at 1:00 in)

 

Abby Kohut-Jackson-Ballard-Minnesota 
©Craig Lassig

Kohut-JacksonLead Gophers at Nationals

 

 Abby Kohut-Jackson-Ballard-Minnesota ©Golden Gophers Athletics 2018

Abby Kohut-Jackson-Ballard-Minnesota
©Golden Gophers Athletics 2018

Abby Kohut-Jackson finished 110th to lead the Golden Gopher women to a 28th-place team finish while Alec Basten represented the Minnesota men with a 166th-place showing as the University of Minnesota cross country team raced at the NCAA Championships at LaVern Gibson Course in Terre Haute, Ind., on Saturday morning.

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Gopher Women at the NCAA Championships
In her third NCAA Cross Country Championships appearance, Kohut-Jackson paced the Gopher women for the second time this season and clocked a time of 21:18.7 for the six-kilometer course. She improved on her previous NCAA results by over 100 places with a 110th-place finish, having placed 231st in 2017 and 215th in 2018.

Anastasia Korzenowski also improved on her prior NCAA finish, going from 230th a year ago to 172nd this season. Sarah Werkingrounded out Minnesota’s top three, placing 175th in her NCAA debut. Zetta Mason (198th) and Jaycie Thomsen (214th) completed the Gophers’ scoring finishes.

Gopher Men at the NCAA Championships
Redshirt junior Alec Basten made his debut at the NCAA championships on Saturday in Terre Haute, representing the Maroon & Gold men at the national championship for the first time since 2015. Basten placed 166th as an individual competitor with a time of 32:31.6 for the 10-kilometer course.

Quotable
“It was a tough day,” women’s head coach Sarah Hopkins said. “There were a lot of things that we did well, but we had some bad luck. Anastasia went down around the 1K and got pretty trampled on, had to get up and regroup, and she battled hard from there and fought hard for the team, but obviously she wasn’t her normal self after that. Those things happen outside your control, and you have to do your best to regroup and I thought she did a great job of that. If she has a normal race, I think we’re top-25, which was the goal coming in, to be in that 20-25 range. The performance we had minus that bad luck was a top-25 type of team.”

Abby Kohut-Jackson ran a great race,” Hopkins said. “To be 110th at this race is by far the best national meet that she’s had on try number three. That’s what you need at this race. The super important part of us being here this year was to get one more of being weathered because it’s a very different meet than anything we do all year.”

“We got some experience today that’s going to help us going forward, but I think we’re all a little bit disappointed, which isn’t a bad thing,” Hopkins said. “We just have to use that in the right way and not the wrong way. We have to reset and get ready for track, keep building through track, and be ready to put Megan and Bethany back in next fall. We have to learn from this and keep growing because we definitely have a lot of really good pieces. They battled all year and did a heck of a job to get to this point. I wish we would’ve had a little bit better result today. I think they deserved a little bit more than they got today based on what they’ve done this year but that’s why you run the race.”

Women’s NCAA 6K Results
110. Abby Kohut-Jackson, 21:18.7
172. Anastasia Korzenowski, 21:47.8
175. Sarah Werking, 21:50.8
198. Zetta Mason, 22:04.5
214. Jaycie Thomsen, 22:10.9
226. Lindsey Greenlund, 22:27.5
233. Carissa Dock, 22:37.2

Men’s NCAA 10K Results
166. Alec Basten, 32:31.7

Iowa State Men's Cross Country
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Natty Champ Kurgat and All-American Logue Lead Cyclones!

Thomas Pollard-Gilbert-ISU and his parents. ©Jamie Pollard 2019

Thomas Pollard-Gilbert-ISU and his parents.
©Jamie Pollard 2019

Men

Iowa State’s Edwin Kurgat capped off a historic season by winning the 2019 NCAA Men’s Cross Country individual national title. The 2018-19 Gary Thompson Iowa State Male Athlete of the Year ran a 10k time of 30:32.7 to finish over four seconds clear of the field.

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Edwin Kurgat-ISU ©Luke Lu cyclones.com 2019

Edwin Kurgat-ISU
©Luke Lu cyclones.com 2019

Kurgat was joined by all of his teammates on the podium at the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course as the Cyclones earned a fourth-place finish. It is Iowa State’s first trophy finish at the NCAA Championships since ISU won the national title in 1994.

Just like head coach Martin Smith preaches to his team, Iowa State stayed patient throughout the race. At the 3k mark, ISU stat just outside the top-10 in 11th. At the 5k mark, they moved up to 7th, and then eventually moved up to fourth at the 8k mark and held that position for the remaining of the race.

Individually, the Cyclones saw six out of their seven runners finish in the top-100. Chad Johnson finished just outside of All-America contention in 43rd with a time of 31:21.6. Mitchell Day was right behind him in 51st with a time of 31:31.2.

Milo Greder, Addison Dehaven and Thomas Pollard rounded out the ISU runners in the top-100. Greder posted a 72nd-place finish in 31:41.4. Dehaven followed him closely to earn a 76th-place finish in 31:45.4. Pollard ran a 10k time of 31:56.5, good for 95th individually. David Too was the seventh finisher in the ISU lineup at the NCAA Championships with a 174th-place finish in 32:39.4.

Edwin Kurgat 2019 Capsule
What Edwin Kurgat accomplished in 2019 will not soon be forgotten. He becomes Iowa States third-ever national champion and the first to do so since 1990. Kurgat is also the fourth Big 12 runner to win the national title and the first since 2012.

Kurgat kicked off the postseason by defending his individual Big 12 title as Iowa State cruised to its third-straight team championship. He parlayed that into his second-straight NCAA Midwest Regional title. Kurgat was once again named the Bill Bergan Award winner, given annually to the top male performer in the Midwest Region. He is the fifth male athlete to repeat as the Bill Bergan Award winner.

During the regular season, Kurgat won both the John McNichols Invitational and the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational. On both occasions he was named the USTFCCCA National Male Athlete of the Week and the Big 12 Men’s Runner of the Week. He is the first men’s cross country runner to win two National Male Athlete of the Week honors in the same season since 2016.

Individual Results
1. Edwin Kurgat, 30:32.7
43. Chad Johnson, 31:21.6
51. Mitchell Day, 31:31.2
72. Milo Greder, 31:41.3
76. Addison Dehaven, 31:45.4
95. Thomas Pollard, 31:56.5
174. David Too, 32:39.4

Team Results (Top-5 out of 31 Teams)
1. BYU, 109
2. Northern Arizona, 163
3. Colorado, 164
4. Iowa State, 211
5. Tulsa, 243

Call Logue-ISU ©Michael Scott 2017 http://miscottrunningphoto.shutterfly.com

Call Logue-ISU
©Michael Scott 2017 http://miscottrunningphoto.shutterfly.com

Women

Iowa State’s Cailie Logue earned NCAA Cross Country All-America honors for the first time of her career with a 15th-place finish at the NCAA Championships on Saturday morning. Logue is the 35th cross country All-American in program history.

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Logue ran the LaVern Gibson Cross Country Course with a 6k time of 20:26.8 to earn a spot on the medal stand.  New Mexico’s Weini Kelati claimed the women’s individual title with a time of 19:47.5.

Logue was in the lead chase pack for most of the race. She clipped the 2k mark in 17th, but fell back to 23rd at the 4k mark. A great kick down the stretch for the Erie, Kan., native catapulted her up eight spots to finish in the top-15.

Cailie Logue 2019 Capsule
Logue’s 2019 season was one for the record books. She became just the second female to be named Midwest Regional Athlete of the Year in multiple seasons. She claimed her second-straight NCAA Regional and Big 12 individual crowns to earn those honors. She is just the third runner in Big 12 history to repeat as champion.

During the regular season, Logue was once again the anchor for Amy Rudolph‘s young lineup. She finished eighth individually at the Joe Piane Invitational and was awarded Big 12 Runner of the Week honors for her performance. She also posted a 25th-place finish in a loaded field at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational.

Dan Curts and Andrew Jordan-ISU
©Jim Kirby 2017

Cyclones Ready For Nationals

Thomas Pollard-Gilbert-ISU ©Jim Kirby

Thomas Pollard-Gilbert-ISU
©Jim Kirby

The No. 7 Iowa State men’s cross country team will close out its season at the 2019 NCAA Cross Country Championships on Saturday afternoon. Junior Cailie Logue has also qualified for the NCAA Championships as an individual on the women’s side.

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©Jim Kirby 2017

 

Championship Info
When: Saturday, Nov. 23 – Men’s Race: 12:15 p.m. ET – Women’s Reace: 11:15 p.m. ET
Where: Terre Haute, Ind. – LaVern Gibson Cross Country Course
Tickets: $10 (Cash Only)

Last Time Out
The Iowa State men qualified for their fourth-straight NCAA Championships with a runner-up finish at the NCAA Midwest Regional Championship. Edwin Kurgat claimed his second-straight individual Midwest Regional title as five other Cyclones earned All-Region honors (Too, Johnson, Greder, Pollard, Day)

Logue qualified for the NCAA Championships by defending her NCAA Midwest Regional crown. The Erie, Kan., native posted a 6k time of 20:20.6 and will be running in her third NCAA Championship race.

Cyclone Notebook
-The Iowa State men have qualified for their fourth-consecutive NCAA Championships, which is the second longest streak in school history. The Cyclones qualified for eight straight between 1988 and 1995.
-In addition to the men’s squad, Cailie Logue has qualified for the NCAA Championships as an individual. Logue won her second-consecutive NCAA Midwest Regional title to qualify for the NCAA Finals.
-Nationally, the men finished the season ranked No. 7.
-Prior to the NCAA Championships, the USTFCCCA announced its postseason Regional Awards. For the second-straight season, Edwin Kurgat was named the Bill Bergan Award recipient, which is given out annually to the Midwest Region’s top male performer. Logue also won her second-consecutive Midwest Women’s Athlete of the Year award.
-Since 1998, Kurgat and Logue are the only duo in the nation from the same team to earn back-to-back Regional Athlete of the Year honors. Further, it’s just the third time since 1998 that the same male and female athlete went back-to-back as Regional Athlete of the Year.
-Kurgat is just the fifth athlete in the region to repeat as Regional Athlete of the Year. Logue is only the second women to repeat as the Midwest Regional Athlete of the Year.
-The Cyclones qualified for the NCAA Championships with a runner-up performance at the NCAA Midwest Regional. Kurgat won his second-straight individual Midwest Regional title to lead a pack of six All-Region performers for the Cardinal and Gold.
-Kurgat (first), David Too (10th), Chad Johnson (12th), Milo Greder (13th), Thomas Pollard (18th) and Mitchell Day (24th) made up the All-Region performing Cyclones.
-The men’s postseason started with a third-straight Big 12 Championship outting. Kurgat defended his individual Big 12 title and was joined by six other Cyclones on the podium who received All-Big 12 honors
-Kurgat (first), Addison DeHaven (sixth), Chad Johnson (eighth), Milo Greder (ninth), David Too (10th), Mitchell Day (11th) and Thomas Pollard (15th) made up the seven All-Big 12 performing Cyclones.
-Iowa State’s seven All-Big 12 honorees is tied for the most in Big 12 history and just the third time its happened in conference history (Colorado, 1999, OSU, 2014, ISU, 2019).
-The Cyclone men now have 13 All-Big performances on the roster (Greder, 3, Pollard, 3, Johnson, 2, Kurgat, 2, Day, 1, Dehave, 1 and Too, 1).
-The men ran in two regular season events in loaded fields at the John McNichols Invitational and the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational. They took third at the John McNichols and fourth at the Nuttycombe.
-Individually, Kurgat won both of men’s the regular season races. Kurgat was named the USTFCCCA National Male Athlete of the Week and the Big 12 Runner of the Week on both occasions.
-It is the first time that a male cross country runner had been named National Athlete of the week twice during the same cross country season since 2016. Kurgat is also the first male Iowa State student-athlete to be named a National Athlete of the Week. It is the second and third time that he’s been named Big 12 Runner of the Week of his career.
-Just like in 2018, Logue was the Big 12 and Midwest Regional individual champion. She’s just the third repeat Big 12 Champion and the first in Iowa State history.
-Logue continued to anchor the Cyclone lineup in 2019. She finished eighth individually at the Joe Piane Invite and 25th individually at the Nuttycombe against some of the nation’s best runners.
-Logue was named Big 12 Runner of the Week for her eighth-place finish at the Joe Piane Invite. It was the second time that the Erie, Kan., native has earned weekly conference cross country honors.

Abby Kohut-Jackson-Ballard-Minnesota 
©Craig Lassig

Kohut-Jackson is Gopher’s Number Two at Big Tens

 Abby Kohut-Jackson-Ballard-Minnesota ©Golden Gophers Athletics 2018

Abby Kohut-Jackson-Ballard-Minnesota
©Golden Gophers Athletics 2018

Anastasia Korzenowski and Alec Bastenled the Golden Gopher cross country program as the Maroon & Gold competed at the 2019 Big Ten Conference Cross Country Championships at Ohio State University Golf Club on Sunday morning.

Courtesy Golden Gopher Athletics, click here!  Feature photo: Abby Kohut-Jackson-Ballard-Minnesota ©Craig Lassig

The Gopher women placed seventh in the team race with 145 points led by Korzenowski’s seventh-place individual showing. Korzenowski led the Maroon & Gold for the fourth time this season in a career-best 20:27.6 for the six-kilometer course. Abby Kohut-Jackson (24th, 21:01.3), Jaycie Thomsen(30th, 21:10.2), Sarah Werking (40th, career-best 21:15.4), and Lindsey Greenlund (47th, career-best 21:20.4) completed Minnesota’s top five scorers. Michigan State took home the women’s team title with 56 points while Wisconsin’s Alicia Monson defended her B1G individual crown (20:05.4).

Big Ten Championships, Gopher Women’s Results
7. Anastasia Korzenowski, 20:27.6 (PR)
24. Abby Kohut-Jackson, 21:01.3
30. Jaycie Thomsen, 21:10.2
41. Sarah Werking, 21:15.4 (PR)
47. Lindsey Greenlund, 21:20.4 (PR)
61. Carissa Dock, 21:35.5
63. Olivia Hummel, 21:36.9
67. Tate Sweeney, 21:43.7 (Season-Best)
81. Zetta Mason, 22:10.5

Notable
With her seventh place finish, Korzenowski earned a place on the All-Big Ten First Team. The award marks the first All-B1G award of Korzenowski’s career.

Up Next: Fall Finale/Rocky’s Run/NCAA Midwest Regional 
The Gophers split up next weekend with the men running at St. John’s Fall Finale in Collegeville, Minn., on Friday, Nov. 8 and the women hosting Rocky’s Run at Les Bolstad Golf Course on Sunday, Nov. 10. The teams reunite the following weekend for the NCAA Midwest Regional in Stillwater, Okla., on Friday, Nov. 15.

Rebekah Topham-Griswold-Wichita St.
©Shocker Athletics

Season Best For Topham at Conference

Rebekah Topham-Griswold-Wichita St ©Jim Kirby 2017

Rebekah Topham-Griswold-Wichita St
©Jim Kirby 2017

Winny Koskei claimed her second consecutive conference title as the Wichita State men’s and women’s cross country teams competed at the American Athletic Conference Cross Country Championships on Friday morning.

Courtesy Shocker Athletes, click here! Feature photo: Rebekah Topham-Griswold-Wichita St.©Shocker Athletics

Koskei won this meet a year ago, and she repeated her success this year, finishing in first. She crossed the line in 20:15, which nearly beat her season-best time of 20:14.5 from the Bill Dellinger Invitational.

Rebekah Topham finished as the conference runner-up. She outkicked Tulsa’s Caitlin Klopfer down the stretch to finish the 6K in 20:29. That time is a new season best for the steeplechase All-American.

Coach Kirk Hunter said Koskei and Topham executed their plan to perfection.

“We obviously wanted to go 1-2,” Hunter said. “They executed it as perfect as they could’ve. Winny (Koskei) was very dominant. Rebekah (Topham) was in a dog fight with (Caitlin Klopfer) the entire race.

“To get first and second individually is kind of crazy, but they did it. I am so proud of them, and they’re great leaders for our team.”

The Shockers’ one-two punch led the way to a second-place team finish. The Wichita State women finished with 63 points, which was 26 points behind champion Tulsa.

Yazmine Wright earned all-conference honors with a 13th-place finish. She completed the race with a time of 21:03.

Halle Johnson showed her steady improvement was no fluke with a 17th-place finish. At last year’s conference championship, she finished in 52nd.

Abeba Sullivan rounded out the scoring for Wichita State with a 30th-place finish.

Women’s Team Results
1. Tulsa – 37 points
2. Wichita State – 63 points
3. Temple – 83 points

Women’s Individual Results
1. Winny Koskei* – 20:15
2. Rebekah Topham* – 20:29
13. Yazmine Wright* – 21:03
17. Halle Johnson – 21:24
30. Abeba Sullivan – 21:53
47. Danielle Rinn – 22:19
59. Hope Saunders – 22:40

*Denotes All-Conference Honoree

Mavericks Women's XC Team
©Mavericks Athletics 2019

Iowans Run Well For Mavericks at Conference

Joanna Topham-Griswold-Neb-Omaha ©Mavericks Athletics 2019

Joanna Topham-Griswold-Neb-Omaha
©Mavericks Athletics 2019

Junior Emily Johnson finished third overall, and the Omaha cross country team took fifth at the Summit League Championship presented by U.S. Air Force Special Warfare on Saturday.

Courtesy Mavericks Athletics, click here!  Feature photo: Mavericks Women’s XC Team©Mavericks Athletics 2019

Johnson ran a time of 21:19.2 over the 6K course at the Rose Creek Golf Course, giving the Mavericks their best individual finish in the championship since 2012 when Amanda Vorthmann also finished third.

For her top-five finish, Johnson was named First Team All-Summit League, the second straight year she’s earned All-Summit honors.

“This was another solid day for Emily,” said cross country head coach Cliff Cisar.  “She hung in with the lead pack right away which put her in the position to have a shot at a top-three finish.

“With 600 meters to go, she made a move that was not answered by her nearest competitors and solidified the top-three finish.”

Heidi Hall ran second for the Mavericks and finished 23rd overall with a time of 22:30.7, a lifetime best.

“Heidi also ran a spectacular race,” Cisar added.  “From the gun, she was in the top-25 and continued to fight to stay with those runners.

“This was an impressive jump when compared to how she finished in the conference meet last year. Her continued hard work is on display in every meet.”

Anita Jenkins finished 35th overall with a time of 23:18.0, and Ivanna Uribe was four spots back with a time of 23:38.1.

Joanna Topham finished the scoring for the Mavericks, finishing 44th with a time of 24:04.5.

Also running for the Mavericks were Maya Nachtigal (24:22.9), Raegan Andersen (24:36.1), Danielle Howard (24:56.7) and Paige Blackford (25:15.4).

As a team, the Mavericks posted a score of 127, running behind North Dakota and ahead of Western Illinois.  North Dakota State won the women’s championship with a score of 45, edging South Dakota by three points.  South Dakota State was third with 73.

The Mavericks will now prepare for the NCAA Midwest Regional Championship on Friday, Nov. 15 in Stillwater, Okla.

Konner Sommer-PV-Iowa
©Hawkeye Athletics-Brian Ray 2019

Iowans Help Hawkeyes at Conference

Mary Arch-IC City-Iowa ©Hawkeye Athletics-Brian Ray 2019

Mary Arch-IC City-Iowa
©Hawkeye Athletics-Brian Ray 2019

University of Iowa senior Nathan Mylenek placed 10th in the men’s 8,000 meters to earn second-team all-conference honors Sunday at the 2019 Big Ten Championship at the Ohio State University Golf Club. The Hawkeye men recorded a 10th place finish with 224 points. The Iowa women placed ninth with 273 points.

Courtesy Hawkeye Athletics, click here! Feature photo: Konner Sommer-PV-Iowa ©Hawkeye Athletics-Brian Ray 2019

Michigan State clenched the women’s Big Ten Championship title. The Spartans finished with 56 points. The men’s title was won for the second straight year by Wisconsin. The Badgers finished with 56 points.

For the Iowa women, freshman Leah Kralovetz was the top finisher, placing 42nd with a new career best (21:16) in the 6,000 meters. Junior Elyse Prescottalso set a new personal best (21:28) with a 56th place finish.

Mylenek earned second-team All-Big Ten honors for the second straight season, finishing in 24:16. Mylenek jumped up one spot from his 2018 Big Ten Championship finish. Sophomore Konnor Sommer set a new personal best (25:29) in the 8,000 meters.

QUOTING COACH RANDY HASENBANK
“Really excited and happy for Nate. He has matured and continues to get better in championship meets. He was 97th as a freshman in this meet. 11th last year and now 10th. Nate is quietly becoming one of the most decorated distance runners in Iowa’s history, very proud of him.”

“On the men’s side overall, huge disappointment.  To this point we had put together a nice season and had high expectations for this Big Ten meet. We need to move forward and get ready for the NCAA regional competition”

“Overall, I thought the women had a very solid meet, perhaps their best meet of the season. A ninth place finish behind 8 nationally ranked teams. We had a nice run by freshman Leah Kralovetz, and Megan, Elyse, and Anna were close together throughout. Kylie had a strong race in the five spot and showed a lot of improvement over last season’s Big Ten race. The women competed very well as a team.”

FIGHT FOR IOWA

UP NEXT
The Hawkeyes travel to the NCAA Regional meet in Stillwater, Okla. On Nov. 15

Thomas Polalrd-Gilbert-ISU
©Michael Scott 2017 http://miscottrunningphoto.shutterfly.com

Pollard Helps Cyclones Win Big 12

Thomas Pollard-Gilbert-ISU ©Jim Kirby

Thomas Pollard-Gilbert-ISU
©Jim Kirby

The No. 5 Iowa State men’s cross country team claimed its third-straight Big 12 Championship behind Edwin Kurgat’s second-straight individual Big 12 title. In total the Cyclones placed seven in the top-15 to claim the Big 12 crown for a third straight year.

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ISU’s seven All-Big 12 performers ties for the most at the Big 12 Championship and it is just the third time in Big 12 history that a team has placed seven on the podium (Colorado, 1999, Oklahoma State, 2014, Iowa State, 2019).

Kurgat and Oklahoma State’s Isai Rodriguez were once again locked in a neck-and-neck race for the individual title. The two traded the lead a number of times, but ultimately it was Kurgat who posted an 8k time of 23.36.3 to outlast the Cowboy by three seconds.

Just like the individual title, the men’s Big 12 title was also a tight race until the end. Oklahoma State jumped out to an early lead, but it was Iowa State that then captured the lead for most of the race. OSU would regain the lead with 2k remaining. In the end, Iowa State’s final kick down the stretch pushed them past the Cowboys, with the Cyclones’ 34 team points besting OSU’s 58.

Iowa State’s victory was thanks to seven All-Big 12 performances, including four top-10 performances. Addison Dehaven (sixth), Chad Johnson (eighth) and Milo Greder (ninth) claimed top-10 finishes alongside Kurgat. Dehaven posted an 8k time of 23:55.4, followed closely by Johnson (23:58.1) and Greder, (24:00.5).

Dehaven, a Boise State transfer, earned his first All-Big 12 recognition, while Greder is now a three-time All-Big 12 performer and Johnson a two-timer.

Joining those four on the podium were David Too (10th), Mitchell Day (11th) and Thomas Pollard (15th). Too ran the 8k course at Cottonwood Golf Course in 24:03.4, Day in 24:05.3 and Pollard in 24:09.5.

This is the first time that Too and Day stood on the Big 12 podium and Pollard’s third All-Big 12 recognition.

Jeffery Pedersen and Jared Schuckman also competed at the Big 12 Championship, taking 35th and 51stindividually, respectively.

The Cyclones will have a short break before their postseason run continues. Iowa State will next compete at the NCAA Midwest Regional Championships in Stillwater, Okla., on Nov. 15.

Individual Results
1. Edwin Kurgat, Iowa State – 23:36.3
6. Addison Dehaven, Iowa State – 23:55.4
8. Chad Johnson, Iowa State – 23:58.1
9. Milo Greder, Iowa State – 24:00.5
10. David Too, Iowa State – 24:03.4
11. Mitchell Day, Iowa State – 24:05.3
15. Thomas Pollard, Iowa State – 24:09.5
35. Jeffery Pedersen, Iowa State – 25:00.7
51. Jared Schuckman, Iowa State – 25:34.9

Team Results
1. Iowa State – 34
2. Oklahoma State – 58
3. Texas – 72
4. Kansas – 92
5. Texas Tech – 147
6. Kansas State – 150
7. Baylor – 213
8. Oklahoma – 221
9. TCU – 28

Hannah Thomas-Dowling-Mizzou
©Jim Kirby 2016

Kleve and Thomas Help Mizzou Women to 3rd Place at Conference

Jordyn Kleve-Johnston-Mizzou ©Jim Kirby 2016

Jordyn Kleve-Johnston-Mizzou
©Jim Kirby 2016

Mizzou Cross Country began the 2019 postseason on Friday morning at the SEC Cross Country Championships in Lexington, Kentucky. The teams faced off against the rest of the teams in the SEC and fought through two extremely competitive races to earn two solid team finishes.

Courtesy Mizzou Athletics, click here! Feature photo: Hannah Thomas-Dowling-Mizzou
©Jim Kirby 2016

 

The women finished in third place with 159 team points, and the men finished in seventh with 162 points. Junior Sarah Chapman (Maidenhead, England) led the women with an 18th place finish, while redshirt senior Thomas George (Gloucester, England) finished in eighth for the men.

This was the highest finish for the women since the 2016 season, when they finished in third place. A strong push by the Tigers in the middle of the pack solidified the top-three finish for the team. With only 30 points separating third place from ninth place, every point mattered for the Tigers.

NOTABLE TIGERS

The Mizzou women placed five runners in the top 50, including freshman Ginger Murnieks (Lee’s Summit, Missouri). Murnieks was the fourth-fastest freshman to cross the line in the women’s race, earning her All-Freshman honors.

A handful of Mizzou women posted season-best 6K times, including Murnieks, Melissa Menghini (Fenton, Missouri), Hannah Thomas (Urbandale, Iowa), Sophia Racette (St. Louis, Missouri). Mikayla Reed (Augusta, Missouri) and Jenna Lutzow (Poplar Grove, Illinois).

 

Burns on the women: “Our women moved up throughout each lap and came away on top of the 3-9 team race. There were only 30 points that separated 3rd-9th place so every point was important. Sarah got up front and hung on while the rest of the team came charging from further back in the pack. It was great to see Melissa have two excellent races back to back and for Ginger to close hard over the last lap. Jordyn Kleve and Hannah Thomas also came up big over the last lap and helped our team move from 5th to 3rd in the last 1000m. We are really proud of this team and how they have responded to adversity throughout the year. They never stop battling and that trait will suit them well in two weeks at the NCAA Midwest Region Championships”

UP NEXT

Mizzou will continue postseason competition as they move to NCAA Regionals in Stillwater, Okla. on Friday, Nov. 15. There they will face off against teams from around the midwest with hopes of qualifying for NCAA Cross Country Championships. The Championships will take place on Saturday, Nov. 23 in Terre Haute, Ind.

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WOMEN’S 6K RESULTS – 3rd Place (159 points, 18-28-29-40-44)

18. Sarah Chapman, 20:49.1 // 28. Ginger Murnieks, 21:01.1 // 29. Melissa Menghini 21:03.4 // 42. Jordyn Kleve, 21:20.9 // 48. Hannah Thomas, 21:25.9 // 53. Sophia Racette, 21:29.4 // 56. Mikayla Reed, 21:34.1 // 71. Jenna Lutzow, 21:55.2 // 76 Isabelle Christiansen, 22:00.8 // 82. Jenna Schwartz, 22:09.5 // 101. Emma Roth, 22:37.8 // 114. Tori Findley, 22:54.7 //