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Mitchell Day-ISU, Milo Greder-ISU and Thomas Pollard-Gilbert-ISU
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Pollard Among Cyclones Academic Award Winners

Thomas Pollard-Gilbert-ISU ©Jim Kirby

Thomas Pollard-Gilbert-ISU
©Jim Kirby

Three members of the No. 4 Iowa State men’s cross country team were named to the USTFCCCA All-Academic Teams, the organization announced Thursday afternoon. The Cyclones saw Mitchell Day, Milo Greder and Thomas Pollard all honored, while the team received the All-Academic Team award for their cumulative accomplishments in the classroom.

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This is the third-straight year Greder has earned All-Academic honors in cross country, while Pollard won his third All-Academic honor across cross country and track & field. This is Day’s first All-Academic honor from the USTFCCCA.

Day’s first season as a member of the Cyclone cross country team was a good one, as he was one of ISU’s top individuals across the post season. Day earned All-Big 12 (11th at Big 12 Championships) and All-Midwest Region (24th at Regional Championships) honors, and finished his season by finishing 51st, third among the Cyclone contingent, at the NCAA Cross Country Championships. The Alpena, Michigan native is a Pre-Liberal Studies major.

Greder continued his yearly tradition of being one of Iowa State’s most reliable post-season performers. For a third-straight season, Greder earned All-Big 12 honors (ninth at Big 12 Championships) and a third-straight All-Midwest Region nod (13th at Regional Championships). He was the Cyclones’ fourth finisher at the NCAA Cross Country Championships, coming in at 72nd place. The Omaha native is a communications studies major.

Pollard, who returned to cross country after missing 2018 on a medical redshirt, bounced back in a big way with All-Big 12 (15th at conference championships) and All-Region (18th at Regional Championships) to his name. His hard-work in the classroom was recognized by the Big 12, as he was named the 2019 Big 12 Cross Country Men’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Pollard received his Bachelor’s degree in December and is now pursuing his Master’s degree in Information Systems and Business Analytics.

Abby Kohut-Jackson-Ballard-Minnesota 
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Kohat-Jackson Selected All-Academic Team

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

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

The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) has announced that both the men’s and women’s cross country programs at the University of Minnesota have been selected as USTFCCCA All-Academic Teams for the 2019 cross country season while a trio of Maroon & Gold cross country runners were bestowed with USTFCCCA All-Academic merits.

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Both cross country programs led the Big Ten in team cumulative grade point averages with the women carrying a 3.65 team GPA and the men carrying a 3.44 team GPA. In order to qualify for All-Academic distinction, teams must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, including the most recent grading period.

Meanwhile, Abby Kohut-Jackson, Alec Basten and Anastasia Korzenowskiwere selected for individual honors on behalf of the University of Minnesota. In order to qualify for All-Academic distinction, student athletes must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 on a 4.0 scale and finish in the top-25 (or 10 percent) at the NCAA Regional Championships or as an All-American at the NCAA Championships.

Kelsey Schweizer-Dowling-Mizzou
©Jim Kirby 2018

Kelsey Schweizer 2nd Place Debut For Mizzou

Kelsey Schweizer-Dowling-Mizzou with fellow Drake Relay Champions,, Janey Meilander, Kate Timboe, Sydney Miller ©Jim Kirby 2018

Kelsey Schweizer-Dowling-Mizzou with fellow Drake Relay Champions,, Janey Meilander, Kate Timboe, Sydney Miller
©Jim Kirby 2018

Mizzou Track & Field totaled 12 first-place finishes at the Missouri Intercollegiate at the Hearnes Center Fieldhouse on Friday afternoon. The Tigers resumed to action after winter break and dominated a second-straight home meet. The black and gold continue to build momentum before heading to back-to-back meets on the road at Texas A&M and Arkansas.

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Mizzou Head Coach Brett Halter“I thought we did great. Half of the program is in their second week back and the other half just arrived this week so both had equal challenges. We probably had a little bit of heavy legs and a lot of training heading into today’s contest. There were plenty of terrific efforts and marks. We set ourselves up well to get on to our first road trip of the season down to Texas A&M.”

On getting back into the groove of things after winter break…  “Our task is getting back into a training rhythm as school starts and it’ll take us a little while to get that established. We’re not looking to get out and set the world on fire, we’re looking to go down to College Station and execute the things we can control. We want to get things done as we move forward so we can set up nicely for mid-February for our championships and I think we’re in a good spot to do that.”

On the expectations for both squads… “Our men and women both know what they want to do. They have their own internal expectations and goals. We have things that we want to accomplish as a program and we’re going to try to control those.”


Mizzou Track & Field travels to College Station, Texas, for the Texas A&M Invitational which will take place on Friday, January 24 and Saturday, January 25. The Tigers hit the road for the first time during the indoor season after a pair of home meets.

For all the latest on Mizzou Track & Field, stay tuned to and follow the team on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram(MizzouTFXC).


60m Dash, Men – 1. Nylo Clarke, 6.80  // 4. Nyles Thomas, 6.99 // 7. Caulin Graves, 7:01

60m Dash, Women – 4. Jazmyn Shumaker, 7.88 // 5. Lana Dorsey, 7:96 // 18. Maya Puller, 8.56

200m Dash, Men – 1. Jayson Ashford, 21.49 // 2. Nyles Thomas, 22.57 // 6. David Buckner, 22.98 (PR) // 8. Zachary Charles, 23.16

200m Dash, Women – 2 Morgan O’Neal, 26.04 // 3. Jazmyn Shumaker, 26.29 // 7. Arianna Butler, 27.24 // 11. Lana Dorsey, 27.75

400m Run, Men – 5. Blake Hays, 50.96 // 7. Jacob Brunsman, 51.39 // 16. Cason Suggs, 53.77

600m Run, Men – 1. Robert Kuhlmann, 1:22.69

600m Run, Women – 1. Michaela Hackbarth, 1:39.07 // 2. Kelsey Schweizer, 1:39.28 // 3. Faramola Shonekan, 1:39.99 // 5. Kelley Hackbarth, 1:59.06

800m Run, Women – 2. Shannon Browning, 2:19.55 // 4. Kayla Funkenbusch, 2:30.86

Mile Run, Men – 1. Marquette Whilite, 4:23.42

Mile Run, Women – 2. Isabelle Christiansen 5:07.91 // 3. Emma Roth, 5:23.48 // 7. Abby Hake, 5:38.95 // 8. Lilly Hamilton, 5:39.53

60m Hurdles, Men – 4. Chris McKinzy Jr. 8.50 // 7. Zachary Charles, 8.84

60m Hurdles, Women – 3. Morgan O’Neal 9.25 // 5. Arianna Butler 9.49

3000m, Women – 4. Lexi Maddox, 10:30.93 // 5. Samantha Farmer, 10:39.38 // 6. Jenna Lutzow, 10:46.99

4x400m Relay, Men – 1. Jayson Ashford, Nylo Clarke, Caulin Graves, Robert Kuhlmann, 3:22.17 // 3. Blake Hays, Cason Suggs, Jacob Brunsman, Zachary Charles, 3:25.13

4x400m Relay, Women – 2. Jazmyn Shumaker, Morgan O’Neal, Arianna Butler, Faramola Shonekan, 4:06.18 // 3. Missouri C, 4:15.78 // 4. Missouri D, 4:16.31


Edwin Kurgat-ISU
©Luke Lu 2019

Cyclones Ranked High For 2020

Festus Lagat-ISU ©Luke Lu 2019

Festus Lagat-ISU
©Luke Lu 2019

The Iowa State indoor track and field season resumes next weekend in Iowa City, and the Cyclone men will be among the teams to watch across the country this winter. On Monday, FloTrack released its first prediction for the 2020 NCAA Indoor Championships, and has the Cyclones tied for fourth with 32 points.

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The ISU men’s squad’s prowess has already been demonstrated in a pair of December meets. On Dec. 7 in Boston at the BU Season Opener, NCAA Cross Country champion Edwin Kurgat ran an outstanding 13:24.04 in the men’s 5,000-meters, a mark that set all kinds of records. Kurgat re-set his own school record of 13:34.54 from last season’s Iowa State Classic, took down Kennedy Kithuka’s Big 12 record of 13:25.38 and moved up to No. 10 in NCAA Division I Indoor Track and Field history, running the first sub-13:25 at 5K since 2012.

FloTrack projects Kurgat to win the 5,000m and finish second at 3,000 meters. Kurgat will get his first crack at the 3,000-meter run on Feb. 8 at the Millrose Games in New York City.

Festus Lagat has also been a standout performer in December, and is a key to the Cyclones’ preseason hype. At the BU Season Opener, Lagat claimed wins in the mile and the 1,000-meter run, with the latter seeing him clock a then-personal best 2:23.81. That lasted all of one week, as Lagat sped his way to a 2:20.88 at the Jimmy Grant Invitational in Iowa City, shattering Edward Kemboi’s previous school record and running the fastest 1K in NCAA Division I in over two years.

Not to be out-done, Lagat saw teammates Roshon Roomes and Daniel Nixon also go under the previous school record time, with Roomes clocking in at 2:21.29 and Nixon in 2:21.56. While the 1,000 is not an NCAA Championships event, their efforts are reflected in FloTrack’s 800-meter run projections, which puts Lagat second and Roomes seventh. Lagat took third place in the 800 meters at the NCAA Outdoor Championships last June.

The trio will be crucial to the Cyclones putting up points in the distance medley relay again, which ISU took fifth place in last year at the NCAA Indoor Championships. Lagat and Roomes ran as part of that quartet last season and Nixon will almost certainly play a part this upcoming year.

Iowa State resumes the indoor track and field season next weekend at the Larry Wieczorek Invitational in Iowa City.

Keegan TritleK-Lisbon-UNI
©Panthers Athletics 2019

Panthers Off and Running in 2020

Erin Kerkhoff-Solon-UNI  @Panthers Athletics 2020

Erin Kerkhoff-Solon-UNI
@Panthers Athletics 2020

The UNI Panther track and field team earned six first-place finishes along with 13 top-three finishes at the Hawkeye Invite Saturday in Iowa City.

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Patrice Watson led the Panther women with a first-place finish in 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.72. Sixteen total women placed picked up top-five finishes. Erin Kerkhoff earned a third-place finish in the 400-meter dash with a time of 1:00.24. Mckayla Cole had strong performances in the mile and 3,000-meter run, finishing in second and third respectively with times of 5:05.93 and 10:12.25.
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In the field events, Katie Fare and Anna Hoyman placed second and third in Shot Put with distances of 13.50m and 13.21m. Alanna Nietert and Allison Griffin placed second and third in Weight Throw with distances of 18.82m and 18.70m.

Men’s track dominated in the field events, taking the top spots in jump events, Shot Put, and Weight Throw. Cameron Bauer earned two first place finishes in Pole Vault (4.85m) and Triple Jump (14.02m). Darius King finished first in Shot Put with a throw of 17.85m. Teamates Kyler Yodts (second), Keegan Tritle (third) and William Blaser (fifth) following closely behind taking four of the top five spots.

Chase Van Sant earned a first-place finish in the Long Jump with a distance of 7.13m. CJ May won the 1000-meter run with a time of 2:26.15. Overall, 18 athletes finished top five in their events.

The Panthers will be back in action on Saturday, Jan. 18 at the Bison Team Cup hosted by North Dakota State in Fargo, North Dakota.

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© 2019

Hawkeyes Host the Hawkeye Invitational

Coach Joey Woody-Iowa ©Stephen Mally/ 2019

Coach Joey Woody-Iowa
©Stephen Mally/ 2019

The University of Iowa track and field team hosts the Hawkeye Invitational on Friday and Saturday to kick off the 2020 season. The teams competing include Hawkeye CC, Indian Hills CC, Iowa Central, Northern Illinois, Northern Iowa, Southern Illinois Edwardsville, and Western Illinois. The meet begins Friday at 2 p.m.(CT) with the weight throw at the Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Complex. On Saturday morning, jumps begin at 10 a.m. at the UI Rec Building and the running events start at 12:15 p.m. with the 60-meter hurdle preliminaries. Admission is free.

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Fans can follow the meet on the live results page at Results will also be posted on the team’s official twitter account @iowaxc_tf. A live video feed is available at

Four Hawkeyes on the roster account for four indoor school records. They include:
Nathan Mylenek, Collin Hofacker: distance medley relay (9:33.90)
Laulauga Tausaga: shot put (17.79m) and weight throw (23.26m)
Antonio Woodard, Wayne Larence Jr.: 1,600-meter relay (3:04.94).

On Jan 6., Laulauga Tausaga became the first ever Hawkeye to be named to the 2020 Bowerman preseason watch list. The Bowerman is an annual track and field award and is the highest accolade given to the year’s best student-athlete in collegiate track and field. It is the equivalent of college football’s Heisman Trophy. The award is named after Oregon track and field and cross country coach Bill Bowerman and is administered by the USTFCCCA. The winner is announced December 2020. Tausaga had a record breaking 2019 season that ended with an NCAA discus title and a berth to the 2019 World Championship in Doha, Qatar, where she finished in the top five with a personal best and discus school record (63.94m).

On Dec. 18, Senior Jaylan McConico earned his first Big Ten Athlete of the Week honor. McConico came off the Jimmy Grant Invitational with a new personal best (7.66), No. 2 all-time at Iowa, and a first place finish. He ranks No. 1 in the country for the 60-meter hurdles.

At the Jimmy Grant Invitational on Dec. 14, Iowa won eight individual and one relay title in the season opener. Twenty-two additional Hawkeyes earned 25 personal best marks in their respective events. There were four individuals who joined and climbed up the all-time top 10 list; Jaylan McConico (60-meter hurdles, 2nd), Antonise Christian (60-meter dash, 6th), Amanda Howe (weight throw, 6th), and Tyler Lienau (weight throw, 6th).

At the Jimmy Grant Invitational on Dec. 14, Kimbro took first in the 60-meter hurdles in 8.25. She ranks No.1 in the country for women. She also helped Iowa’s 1,600-meter relay team earn first at the invite.

The Hawkeyes host the Larry Wieczorek Invitational on Jan. 17-18. The teams competing include Arizona, Baylor, Illinois, Iowa State, Kentucky, Minnesota, Purdue and Wisconsin.

Ryan Schweizer-Dowling-Notre Dame
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Ryan Schweizer Wins Mile at Blue & Gold Invite: First Race in Two Years

Ryan Schweizer-Dowling-Notre Dame ©Fighting Irish Athletics 2019

Ryan Schweizer-Dowling-Notre Dame
©Fighting Irish Athletics 2019

The University of Notre Dame track & field program returned to the oval for the first time since the 2019 ACC Indoor Championships on Friday, with several Irish student-athletes recording notable season-opening performances at the Blue & Gold Invitational at the Loftus Sports Center

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Hosting Bethel, Butler, DePaul, Detroit Mercy, Marquette and Valparaiso, the Irish claimed victories in 12 events, including a school record-breaking performance in the women’s weight throw.

Junior Rachel Tanczos shattered her own Irish mark in the second round of the weight throw, tossing a 22.10m and besting her previous personal best of 21.08 set while winning last season’s ACC Championship. In the men’s weight throw, senior Logan Kusky came up just 0.01m off his PR and the Irish record with a throw of 21.36m.

Also notable was senior Ryan Schweizer’s win in the men’s mile, running 4:15.44 in his first race in two years after missing each of the last two indoor and outdoor track seasons due to injury. In the women’s mile, senior Mikayla Schneider won for the second straight year at the Blue and Gold Invitational, racing to a 4:56.02 finish, six seconds ahead of teammate Anna Fischer in second place.

In the women’s 800, freshman Catherine Coffey (2:13.87) won her first collegiate race, using a late surge to overcome graduate student Rachel DaDamio (2:14.79), running her first career 800 distance. Coming in third was junior Laura DeVito, who shaved two seconds off her PR with a 2:15.07.

The Irish swept the top four spots in the men’s 800 with freshman Connor Shields (1:55.13), junior Matt Fraizer (1:55.34) and sophomore Luke Phillips (1:55.47, PR) finishing within the same 0.34-second period.

Also winning events for the Irish were Parker Jones (men’s 1,000m, 2:26.93), Colton Crum (men’s pole vault, 4.95m), Summer Thorpe (60m hurdles, 8.44), Abbey Kapitan (women’s shot put, 15.54m), Naya Sharp (women’s long jump, 5.62m)


Blue & Gold Invitational
Loftus Sports Center
Notre Dame, Ind.
Dec. 6, 2019


60m (Prelims)
T10. Antonio Villegas, 7.31
13. Osy Ekwueme, 7.45

3. Edward Cheatham, 48.86

1. Connor Shields, 1:55.13
2. Matt Frazier, 1:55.34
3. Luke Phillips, 1:55.47
4. Peter Werling, 1:56.76

1. Parker Jones, 2:26.93
2. Andrew Delvecchio, 2:27.46
3. Sam Voelz, 2:28.62

1. Ryan Schweizer, 4:15.44
2. Peter Monahan, 4:16.87
3. Clayton Goldman, 4:24.68

3. Jake Renfree, 8:13.88
4. Zach Kreft, 8:16.22
5. Tyler Keslin, 8:28.18
6. Skip Morrell, 8:28.77
7. Quinn Gallagher, 8:29.28
8. Dustin Macuiba, 8:33.97
9. Alex Luz, 8:34.70
11. Tom Seitzer, 8:42.29

4x400m Relay
5. Luke Phillips, Clayton Goldman, Connor Shields, Andrew Delvecchio, 3:28.20

Pole Vault
1. Colton Crum, 4.95m
6. Matthew Quintal, 4.20m

Long Jump
2. Antonio Villegas, 6.80m

Triple Jump
2. Osy Ekwueme, 13.14m

Weight Throw
1. Logan Kusky, 21.36m
2. John Stefan, 18.00m
3. Shae Watkins, 17.53m
6. Michael Shoaf, 16.16m
8. Matthew Eichten, 15.04m
9. Blake Kusky, 13.80m

Shot Put
2. Shae Watkins, 16.11m
3. John Stefan, 16.03m
4. Michael Shoaf, 15.64m
6. Grayson Zinn, 13.49m


60m (Prelims)
1. Michaela Butler, 7.86q
11. Isabelle Grassel, 8.25

60m (Finals)
3. Michaela Butler, 7.85

60m Hurdles (Prelims)
1. Naya Sharp, 8.52q
2. Summer Thorpe, 8.54q
4. Grace Cronin, 8.74q
6. Madysen Hunter, 8.90q
13. Avian Rossum, 9.36

60m Hurdles (Finals)
1. Summer Thorpe, 8.44
2. Naya Sharp, 8.51
4. Grace Cronin, 8.77
6. Madysen Hunter, 884

6. Grace Cronin, 25.09

1. Catherine Coffey, 2:13.87
2. Rachel DaDamio, 2:14.79
3. Laura DeVito, 2:15.07

1. Mikayla Schneider, 4:56.82
2. Anna Fischer, 5:02.04
3. Jessica Schneider 5:05.99
4. Olivia Niziolek, 5:08.37
5. Elizabeth Hannon, 5:09.11
6. Cassie Keyes, 5:13.04

2. Elena Denner, 10:01.53
3. Maddy VanBlunk, 10:14.85
5. MaryClare Leonard, 10:22.54

4x400m Relay
3. Laura DeVito, Mikayla Schneider, Catherine Coffey, Jessica Schneider, 4:01.69

Pole Vault
2. McKenna Caskey, 3.75m
4. Olivia Fabry, 3.45m
9. Alexandra Chlumsky, 3.15m

High Jump
2. Sarah Flight, 1.60m

Long Jump
1. Naya Sharp, 5.62m
15. Isabelle Grassel, 4.64m

Weight Throw
1. Rachel Tanczos, 22.10m
2. Abbey Kapitan, 20.45m
10. Ava Butterbaugh, 13.74m

Shot Put
1. Abbey Kapitan, 15.54m
2. Rachel Tanczos, 15.31m
6. Alesis Juntunen, 12.47m
7. Ava Butterbaugh, 12.28m

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

Logue and Pollard are Big 12 Scholar-Athletes of the Fall Sports Season

Call Logue-ISU ©Michael Scott 2017

Call Logue-ISU
©Michael Scott 2017

Today the Big 12 Conference announced its Fall Scholar-Athletes of the Year. Junior Cailie Logue was named 2019 Big 12 Women’s Cross Country Co-Scholar-Athlete of the Year, while Junior Thomas Pollard was named the 2019 Big 12 Men’s Cross Country Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

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©Jamie Pollard 2019


Logue is Iowa State’s third Women’s Cross Country Scholar-Athlete of the Year in school history, Pollard is the first Men’s Cross Country Scholar-Athlete of the Year recipient.

Oklahoma State All-American, Taylor Somers, was named Co-Scholar Athlete of the Year with Logue.

Cailie Logue
Logue’s 2019 cross country trophy case continues to accumulate hardware. The Erie, Kan., native finished 15th at the NCAA Cross Country Championship to earn All-America honors. Logue claimed her second-straight NCAA Regional and Big 12 individual crowns at the Regional and Conference Championships. She is just the third runner in Big 12 history to repeat as champion.

Following the season, Logue was name the 2019 Big 12 Cross Country Women’s Runner of the Year, as well as the 2019 Midwest Regional Female Athlete of the Year for the second-straight season. She became just the second female to be named Midwest Regional Athlete of the Year in multiple seasons.

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.

Logue, who is a 3.98 student in Kinesiology, earned Cross Country First Team Academic All-Big 12 honors for the second-straight season.

Thomas Pollard
Pollard was an integral piece to Iowa State’s 2019 cross country season, which was the best that the program had seen in the last 25 years. The Gilbert, Iowa, native ran in every race for the Cyclones in 2019.

Pollard and the Cyclones made their fourth-straight trip to the NCAA Cross Country Championship, which is the second-longest streak in school history. There, the Cyclones finished fourth in the team race, earning a trophy-finish for the first time since ISU won the national title in 1990. Pollard posted a top-100 finish individually, placing 95th.

For the third time of his career, Pollard earned All-Big 12 recognition. He raced to a 15th-place finish at the Big 12 Championship. He was one of seven Cardinal and Gold runners to earn All-Big 12 recognition, aiding Iowa State to its third-straight Big 12 team title. Pollard followed that up with an All-Region performance at the NCAA Midwest Regional Championship, taking 18th individually.

Pollard is a three-time Cross Country First Team Academic All-Big 12 honoree, studying Supply Chain Management and Statistics with a 3.97 GPA.

Big 12 Scholar Athlete of the Year
The Big 12 Conference established its Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award in 2012-13. A recipient is named in each conference-sponsored sport. Every Big 12 institution nominates one individual per sport with the winners selected by a vote of the league head coaches for that sport, who are not allowed to vote for their own student-athletes. Scholar-Athlete of the Year nominees must be a junior or senior (athletic and academic standing), have a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 or higher, participate in at least 20 percent of the team’s scheduled contests and have a minimum of one year in residence at the institution.

1985 ISU Women's Cross Country Team
©Cyclones Athletics

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.

“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