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Karina Dufoe-ADM-S. Dakota
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ADM Prep, Dufoe Out of the Gates Strong For Coyotes

Karina Dufoe-ADM-S. Dakota ©Aaron Packard-Coyote Athletics 2017

Karina Dufoe-ADM-S. Dakota
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South Dakota senior Gawain Williams and junior Karina Dufoe swept the 60 meters and 200 meters to highlight the Coyotes in action over the weekend at the SDSU Holiday Open inside the Sanford-Jackrabbit Athletic Complex. The Coyotes were victorious in 10 events.

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South Dakota captured the men’s team race with 56 points, topping runner-up South Dakota State with 44 points and third-place Minnesota with 38 points. Minnesota took the top spot on the women’s side with 37 points, edging runner-up South Dakota with 36 points. South Dakota State took third with 25 points.

Dufoe clocked a pair of personal bests while winning both short sprints. She crossed the finish line in 7.66 seconds for 60 meters, improving her time by three-hundredths of a second. Dufoe also clocked a best of 24.97 seconds in the 200 meters, which moves her into seventh on USD’s all-time charts. Sophomore Tasheka Gordon placed third in the 200 meters in 25.98.

Williams posted a personal best of 21.81 seconds for the indoor 200 meters. He also captured the 60 meters in 6.76 seconds, a time that is just two-hundredths of a second from his personal best and three-hundredths of a second off the school record. Junior Joe Reaganclocked a personal best of 6.84 for third in the 60 meters.

Junior Corey Reid, a transfer from Azuza Pacific, crushed the school record in the heptathlon in his first meet as a Coyote. Reid tallied a score of 5,365 points to best Josh Peterson’s school record of 4,724 from 2015. Reid took the top spot in the 60-meter dash and finished second in four other events during the two-day competition.

South Dakota swept the multi-events with senior Shanice Cannigan winning the pentathlon with 3,781 points. Cannigan holds the school record in the event. She took first in the 60 hurdles and the long jump during the competition.

The Coyotes swept the top-three spots of the men’s shot put. Senior Jacob Barents threw an indoor best of 57-4 ¾ to remain third on USD’s all-time charts. Junior Ben Hammer launched a two-foot indoor personal best of 55-0 ¾ to place second. Freshman Matt Slagus posted a mark of 54-6 ¾ for third. Hammer and Slagus move to fifth and sixth, respectively, on USD’s all-time charts in the event.

Junior Deshonn Brown, a transfer from Northern State, and sophomore Zack Anderson both cleared 6-8 ¾ in the high jump. Brown placed first and Anderson finished third based on attempts.

Returning All-Americans, sophomores Chris Nilsen and Samara Spencer, handily captured their signature events. Nilsen won the pole vault in 16-6 ¾. Junior teammate Jake David took second in 15-7. Spencer was victorious in the long jump with a leap of 18-5 ¼. Spencer also placed third in the 60 meters.

Sophomore Ethan Toy leaped an indoor best of 23-10 ¼ in the long jump to place second. Toy moved onto USD’s all-time charts in the 10th spot.

Senior Ethan Fenchel finished runner-up in the weight throw with a distance of 63-9 ¾. Barents took third in 60-5.

Redshirt-senior Ashley Thompson kicked of her final campaign as a Coyote with a runner-up finish in the triple jump. She leaped 39-0 ½.

Sophomore Britny Kerr placed second in the high jump with a clearance of 5-5. She also took third in the triple jump.

Senior Brooke Ireland placed third in the 400 meters and sophomore Helen Falda, a transfer from UT Arlington, finished third in the pole vault.

South Dakota returns to action in January with the Hawkeye Invitational in Iowa City, Iowa, on Jan. 13.

Ian McKenzie-Dowling-Simpson
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Simpson’s McKenzie Leaves His Mark

Ian McKenzie-Dowling-Simpson ©Jim Kirby 2017

Ian McKenzie-Dowling-Simpson
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Gunner Davis of the Simpson Simpsonian filed a story on Ian Mckenzie’s strong cross country season his senior year.  Below is an excerpt of his story.  For the full story, click here!  

During this season, McKenzie was named IIAC performer of the week, was awarded all-conference honors and earned a trip to nationals. McKenzie ran the race in a time of 25 minutes, 43 seconds, placing 140th out of 279.

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“It definitely meant a lot to myself and my family,” McKenzie said. “Making all the miles and the time commitment worth it to be on that stage. I was there as an individual, but I ran for my teammates, my coach and my family.”

This was the first time that a runner from Simpson made it to nationals since 2012 and was the best finish since 1995 when Matt Chance placed 136th. Head Coach Heath Moenck was pleased that Simpson sent a runner to nationals.

“It was great that we had someone getting back and representing Simpson,” Moenck said. “It proves that we can have elite runners here. He’s worked really hard, and we’ve done a good job developing him to get him to that caliber.”

McKenzie graduated from Dowling Catholic High School, where he ran on a cross country team that qualified for a national meet. He decided to come to Simpson after taking a visit. McKenzie, who is an environmental science major, also had multiple relatives who participated in athletics at Simpson who played a role in his decision.

“There’s a successful tradition at Simpson, and I wanted to be a part of it,” McKenzie said.

McKenzie’s high school success didn’t transfer over right away in college. As a freshman, he placed 119th in Regionals and 29th at conferences. But in his four years at Simpson, the senior improved his 8K time by over two minutes. This helped him place 20th at the regional meet and 13th at the conference meet this season.

“Mileage is a big thing that has been increased over my four years, and that’s how I’ve gotten better,” McKenzie said. “I put a lot more time on my feet. Harder workouts and longer workouts. Just building on past years. You know, doing things better and learning from past experiences.”

Phil Coppess-Oxford Junction

Where Are They Now?: Phil Coppess

Phil Coppess-Oxford Junction ©NY Times

Phil Coppess-Oxford Junction
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Phil Coppess

More often than not, when a track coach tells a young runner that he is “more fit for the marathon,” than a regular season track event, it is because the lad is a bit slow and the coach doesn’t want to hurt his feelings.

Feature photo: Twin Cities Pioneer Press, click here!

This was not the case when Coach Bill Kackley conveyed his opinion to a gangly, young distance runner by the name of Phil Coppess.

Coppess did not go out for track until his sophomore year in high school.   Despite the late start, he showed he had running and racing ability by winning 5 state titles, one coming in cross country and four in track, before graduating in 1972 from now defunct, Oxford Junction High School.   But, it was the talent he showed after reaching the age of 27 that shocked everyone; everyone but Phil Coppess.

Phil is a great story.    He has a storyline that is better than many movies about distance running that have ever hit the big screen.    He is a common ordinary factory worker now living in Clinton, Iowa who never gave up on his dream.

Coppess was the youngest of nine children from Oxford Junction in northeastern Iowa. As a high school runner, he was not especially fast but prevailed in distance runs, the longer the better, with remarkable endurance and sheer determination.

“Our family wasn’t rich,” he said. “If I went to college, it was going to have to be a full ride, and there were a lot of kids faster than me. I ran a couple track meets that summer after I graduated, in 1972, and that was about it. Said, guess I’m going to have to get a job.”

By 1974, Coppess was married and working the corn evaporator at the Archer Daniels Midland processing plant in Clinton. That year, he and his wife had their first child. There was no time for running, especially after a daughter was born in 1977 and another son in 1980.

But during a 1979 strike at ADM in Clinton, Coppess got a job at a nuclear plant in Cordova, Illinois, where he observed some of the office workers going for a run on their lunch hour.

Coppess thought, “I used to do that” and took up running again in 1980.  He trained hard while working in the factory and raising a family as a divorced father of three.  While training with the likes of Gregg Newell and Jim Ijams, his times dropped like a rock and the medals, trophies and records began to multiply.

In 1981 he won the Drake Relays Marathon, the Huntsville Alabama Marathon and the Chicago Marathon, in 2:16, beating two time Olympic Marathon medalist Frank Shorter along the way.

After Chicago, Shorter had this to say about Coppess:   “Phil may get mad at me for saying this, but he didn’t have a heck of a lot of talent, yet he ran nearly as fast as I did in the marathon.  Our PR’s are very close.  The reason is, he was willing to work, and that is what showed through in Phil”.

1985 was the magic year for the small town boy from northeast Iowa.  He ran over 40 races that year.  His times got better, at every distance, from the mile through the marathon.

Coppess had eventually designed a training regimen that dovetailed with his rotating shifts at ADM (a corn processing plant) in Clinton and his parenting responsibilities; he was awarded full custody of the children in a 1985 divorce. He ran 14 to 15 miles on work days, longer on his days off, carrying a palm-sized stopwatch to record each mile. “I didn’t think it was a good 20-miler unless I had gone under two hours,” he said. One day a week, he did a track workout, and on another, hills. Physical therapy consisted of weekly chiropractic adjustments.

He won the Lincoln Marathon, and a marathon in Auckland, New Zealand.  And 32 years later, Phil Coppess’ course records still stand.

In early October, 1985, he took a weekend off and flew to Minneapolis.  His parents made the five-and-a-half-hour drive with his three children.  Coppess was confident that he could break 2:11, at the Twin Cities Marathon , which he figured would be good enough for first place. As always, his strategy was simple: go out hard, a pace just under five minutes per mile, and keep it up for 26.2 miles. If others wanted to go with him, fine, and if they didn’t, that was fine, too.

On October 6, 1985, Phil, was on his way to setting the course record with a winning time of 2 hours 10 minutes and 5 seconds. The second-place finisher was three minutes behind.   Coppess’s time was the fastest by an American that year, and at the time, ranked him among the top 20 American marathoners ever, just ahead of Frank Shorter.  Track and Field News named him the US Marathoner of the year.  He was also selected American Road Runner of the Year by Road Runners Club of America.

Twin Cities timed the 30K and 20 mile splits in route.  Coppess’ 30K split was a world record time (stood for 20 years) and his 20 mile mark set a new American record (still stands).

Coppess is an Iowa road racing legend.  He became a fixture at the world renowned Bix 7, placing in the top 10 in 1981, 82, 83, 85 and 86.  He took fourth behind Rob DeCastella, Bill Rogers and Frank Shorter in 1982 and was third behind Mark Curp and Rodgers in 1986.  Six times he broke 35:00 at Bix.

Coppess says his best road race in Iowa was the 1985 Dam to Dam 20K in Des Moines where he set new PR’s for both the 10 mile and 20K.  Both 10K splits were under 30 minutes in route to his winning time of 59:23.

Some more of Phil Coppess’ Road PR’s:

10K-28:49, Mobile Alabama

7 Mile-33:29, Bix 7, Davenport, Iowa

10 Mile-47:23, Bobby Crim, Flint Michigan

20K-59:23, Dam to Dam, Des Moines, Iowa

Phil also holds the two fastest times for a marathon by a native Iowan: 2:10:05-Twin Cities and 2:11:34 in Auckland, New Zealand.

While he seemed unstoppable in races, by 1986 injuries did what competition couldn’t:  Slow him down.

Back problems came in 1987 and he was never the same after that, bringing his competitive running career to a halt in 1989.

Coppess quit at ADM in 1986 and now works as an Ultrasonic Inspector at Arconic (formerly Alcoa) in the Quad Cities.  He finished his BA, in Education, from Marycrest in Davenport, Iowa in 1990.

Phil got back into the road racing scene, albeit for a short time, when he reached “Masters Age Group” status .  He set the Iowa All Time Best masters mark for a road 8k when he ran 25:59 at the 5th Season 8K in Cedar Rapids, in 1995 at the age of 40.  His last race was in early 1997.

Phil Coppess was inducted into the Iowa Association of Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Hall of Fame in 2014.

Kenzie Carney-Roosevelt-Luther
©Norse Athletics 2017

Carney’s Last Collegiate XC Meet at Nationals

Kenzie Carney-Roosevelt-Luther ©Norse Athletics 2017

Kenzie Carney-Roosevelt-Luther
©Norse Athletics 2017

McKenzie Carney placed 90th from the field of 279 competitors at the NCAA III National Cross Country Championships. Pricipia College, Elsah, Ill., hosted the national finale at the North Farm Cross Country Course.

Courtesy Norse Athletics, click here! Feature photo: Kenzie Carney-Roosevelt-Luther ©Norse Athletics 2017

Carney covered the 6K course in a time of 22:10.10. This was her first appearance at the national championships and her final collegiate cross country race of her career.

Complete Results

Thomas Polalrd-Gilbert-ISU
©Michael Scott 2017

Cyclone Men and Women Run Well at Nats

Megan Schott-DM Roosevelt-ISU ©Michael Scott 2017

Megan Schott-DM Roosevelt-ISU
©Michael Scott 2017

The No. 13 Iowa State men’s cross country team continued their postseason success at the NCAA Championships on Saturday morning. The men finished in seventh as a team (279), which is ISU’s best finish since they won the title in 1994.

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Northern Arizona won their second consecutive team title. They placed three runners in the top-8 and grossed 74 team points.

After the first 2k, the Cardinal and Gold were in 21st place. A strong second half of the race, which placed five Iowa Staters in the top-100 individually, pushed ISU to their 12th top-10 finish in program history.

The Cyclones received an All-America performance from sophomore Andrew Jordan. Through 2k, he sat in 41st. Just like the rest of the ISU runners, Jordan’s final 5k was outstanding. He finished 15th in a time of 29:40.60. With his All-America finish, Jordan becomes the 38th All-American in program history. Jordan’s 15th place finish was the best by an Iowa State runner since 1994.

Four other Cyclones turned in top-100 finishes for Iowa State. Sophomore Stanley Langat crossed the finish line in 30:14.21 for 53rd place. Redshirt junior Dan Curts finish 68th with a time of 30:24.70.

Senior Nathan Rodriguez and redshirt sophomore Thomas Pollard finished on each other’s heals. Rodriguez finished 97th in a time of 30:41.13, right before Pollard crossed the finish line in 30:41.38 for 98th.

All-Region performer Milo Greder finished 147th in 31:06.64 and junior John Nownes took 214th with a time of 31:51.44

Team Scores
1. Northern Arizona (74)
2. Portland (127)
3. BYU (165)
4. Stanford (221)
5. Arkansas (259)
6. Oregon (274)
7. Iowa State (279)

Individual Results
15. Andrew Jordan – 29:40.65
53. Stanley Langat – 30:14.21
68. Dan Curts – 30:24.70
97. Nathan Rodriguez – 30:41.13
98. Thomas Pollard – 30:41.38
147. Milo Greder – 31:06.63
214. John Nownes – 31:51.44


The No. 14 Iowa State women’s cross country team finished 20th at the NCAA Championships with a team score of 508. The top-20 finish is head coach Andrea Grove-McDonough‘s third as the Cyclones’ head coach.

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New Mexico State was the team champion. The Lobos place four runners in the top-14, and tallied a team total of 90.

ISU was led by junior Anne Frisbie. The River Falls, Wi., native finished just outside of All-America status, taking 45th as an individual in a time of 20:15.53. Freshman Cailie Logue also turned in a top-100 performance. She finished 79th in 20:33.33.

Freshman Amanda Vestri and redshirt junior Evelyne Guay were the next two Cyclone finishers. Vestri ran the 6k course in 21:10.21 for a 160th-place finish, while Guay crossed the finish line in 21:18.28 for 175th.

Finishing shortly behind them was freshman Karly Ackley. She finished 189th for the Cardinal and Gold with a time of 21:25.8.

Wrapping up the Cyclone lineup was redshirt sophomore Megan Schott and junior Kelly Nuamann. Schott finished 225th in 21:52.57, followed by Naumann in 235th in 22:09.50.

Team Results
1. New Mexico (90)
2. San Francisco (105)
3. Colorado (139)
4. Stanford (165)
5. Oregon (203)
20. Iowa State (508)

Individual Results
45. Anne Frisbie – 20:15.53
79. Cailie Logue – 20:33.33
160. Amanda Vestri – 21:10.21
175. Evelyne Guay21:18.28
189. Karly Ackley – 21:25.80
225. Megan Schott – 21:52.57
235. Kelly Naumann 22:09.50

Ashley Norem-Urbandale-UNI
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Norem Claims MVC Good Neighbor Award

Ashley Norem-Urbandale-UNI ©Panther Athletics-2017

Ashley Norem-Urbandale-UNI
©Panther Athletics-2017

In an effort to honor the achievements of exceptional student-athletes, the Missouri Valley Conference has created the State Farm MVC Good Neighbor Award.  University of Northern Iowa cross country senior Ashley Norem was this year’s recipient, after a stellar year on the course and in the classroom.

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To be eligible for the award, the student-athlete must be in good academic standing, must demonstrate good citizenship through good sportsmanship and significant community service, and must participate in a sport, during the season of recognition.  The Valley will recognize 10 student-athletes three times annually (fall, winter, spring), for a total of 30 honorees.

This season, Norem earned All-MVC Honorable Mention after finishing 11th at the league championship in October. The senior also aided the Panthers to their best finish in program history at the NCAA Midwest Regional after UNI placed seventh overall while also beating out seven Power 5 teams in the process.

Norem has also excelled at UNI academically, earning a spot on the Dean’s list all four years as a Panther and winning the President’s Council Academic Award and the Commissioner Academic Excellence Award in 2016-17.  Additionally, Norem won the Elite 18 Award after last season’s MVC Championship in 2016 and has placed on the MVC Scholar-Athlete Team in back-to-back seasons. The Panther is majoring in exercise science and has earned a 3.92 GPA while at UNI.

Norem also volunteers with the Boys & Girls Club of the Cedar Valley, Park to Park and the Hy-Vee Healthy Kids Initiative.

UNI Women's XC 2017
©Jim Kirby 2017

Panthers Welcome Back Brette For 7th Place Finish at Regionals

Brette Correy-W.Dubuque-UNI ©Panthers Athletics 2017

Brette Correy-W.Dubuque-UNI
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The Northern Iowa women’s cross country team held its own against some of the nation’s best competition at the NCAA Midwest Regional on Friday, as the Panthers earned the program’s highest finish at a regional meet after claiming seventh overall.

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UNI’s highest finish before Friday’s race was in 2016 after the Panthers came in 10th overall at the NCAA Midwest Regional in Iowa City.

“I am very proud of the standard this team set this season,” head coach Dave Paulsen said. “To end the season with the program’s best finish at a regional meet is a great feeling and it’s a testament to how special this group is.”

As a team the Panthers finished second among schools from the state of Iowa with host Iowa State claiming the regional title, while Iowa and Drake finished 12th and 31st respectively. The Panthers also finished ahead of seven teams from the Power 5 conferences (Northwestern, Kansas, Iowa, Oklahoma, Kansas State, Nebraska and Illinois).

The Panthers had four runners finish within six seconds of one another on Friday, as Brette Correyled the pack with a time of 21:13.1 to finish 47th overall in the 6K. Correy was followed by fellow senior Ashley Norem with a time of 21:16.0 (53rd overall), Hannah Truniger at 21:18.6 (55th overall) and reining MVC Freshman of the Year McKayla Cole at 21:19.0 (58th overall).

“We had terrible weather conditions today with the wind and cold,” Paulsen said. “But our team battled against it and executed a great team race with only 15 seconds separating our 1-6 runners.”

In their final cross country race as Panthers, seniors Correy and Norem etched their names into the UNI history books as the pair posted the eighth and ninth-fastest 6K times in program history. Norem already owns the fourth-fastest (21:08.9) 6K time at UNI and the eighth-fastest (17:40.0) 5K time, while Correy owns the seventh-fastest (17:39.2) 5K time at UNI.

For more information on the UNI cross country program, follow the Panthers on Twitter at “@UNITrackFieldXC” and on Facebook at “UNI Track and Field.”

NCAA Midwest Regional (WOMEN)
Nov. 10, 2017 – Ames, Iowa (6K)

47th     Brette Correy (21:13.1)
53rd     Ashley Norem (21:16.0)
55th     Hannah Truniger (21:18.6)
58th     McKayla Cole (21:19.0)
73rd     Gabby Champion (21:28.7)
74th     Tiffany Christensen (21:28.9)
172nd Alyssa Williams (22:33.7)

NCAA Midwest Regional (Iowa Teams Only)
Nov. 10, 2017 – Ames, Iowa (6K)

1st        Iowa State (90)
7th        UNI (286)
12th     Iowa (352)
31st      Drake (806)

Luther Women's Cross Country 2017
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Norse’s Carney on to Nationals

Kenzie Carney-Roosevelt-Luther ©Norse Athletics 2017

Kenzie Carney-Roosevelt-Luther
©Norse Athletics 2017

The 2017 NCAA III National Cross Country Championships will be hosted by Principia College, Elsah, Ill., Saturday, Nov. 18.

Courtesy Norse Athletics, click here! Feature photo: Luther Women’s Cross Country ©Norse Athletics


Both the men’s and women’s championship races will be held at the North Farm Cross Country Course. The men’s 8K race will begin at 11:00 a.m., followed by the women’s 6K race at 12:15 p.m. CST. The top-35 place winners in both the races will earn All-America honors.

Luther senior McKenzie Carney has qualified for the national finale for the first time of her career. She was one of 56 individuals, seven from each of the eight regions, who are not a part of a qualifying team, that were selected to participate in the championship. Carney placed 17th at the Central Regional and became a three-time all-region performer.

Mark Fairley-Dubuque-Central
©Dutch Athletics-Dan L. Vander Beek-2017

Iowans Propel Dutch to Nationals

Holly McKinney-I-35-Central ©Jim Kirby 2017

Holly McKinney-I-35-Central
©Jim Kirby 2017


Central College seniors Mark Fairley (Dubuque) and Tanner Rathje (Marion, Linn-Mar HS) weren’t ready for their cross country careers to come to an end Saturday at the NCAA Division III Central Regional.

Courtesy Dutch Athletics, click here! Mark Fairley-Dubuque-Central ©Dutch Athletics-Dan L. Vander Beek-2017

Fairley became the third Dutch runner in the five years to win the regional race. With the win Fairley earns a spot at the NCAA Division III Championship meet. Rathje will join Fairley at the national meet after finishing in 11th place. Fairley finished the 8,000-meter race in 24 minutes, 52.9 seconds. Rathje was just 40 seconds behind Fairley with 25:33.6.

“Today was a good day for our men’s program,” said coach Joe Dunham. “Anytime you have a regional champion it’s a great day but to also have Tanner qualify for nationals was great.”

As a team Central finished ninth in the 29-team meet with 261 points. Loras College won the meet with 53 points and Carleton College (Minn.) was runner-up with 67 points.

Juniors Jordan Toomey (Runnells, Southeast Polk HS) ran a career best 26:30.9 to finish 63rd.

Sophomore Preston Kizer (Dubuque) knocked over a minute off his previous personal record to finish 89th 26:53.3.

Senior Taylor Donner (Dubuque) ran his final race for the Dutch in 26:57.5 just edging junior teammate Kyle Pape (Dubuque, Wahlert HS) for 97th. Pape finished with an identical 26:57.5 just two seconds off his personal best.

Freshman Nathan Sanders (Waukee) placed 124th with 27:35.0.

???????Fairley and Rathje look to continue their momentum Saturday at the national meet in Alton, Ill. Fairley will compete at the national race for the fourth time in his career.

Although the team will not advance, Dunham was pleased with the squad’s effort.

“I was proud of our guys today,” he said. “We’ve battled through injuries all year and I was happy with how our guys performed.”


Central College senior Holly McKinney (Saint Charles, Interstate 35 HS) led the women’s cross country team to a 15th place finish in the 32-team NCAA Division III Central Regional Saturday.

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In potentially the senior’s last race, she ran the 6,000-meter course in 22 minutes, 39.7 seconds just a second off her season best.

“Really proud of how Holly ran today,” said coach Joe Dunham. “She’s still waiting to find out whether or not if she will qualify for nationals. If five teams from our region go to nationals, she will go as an individual but regardless I couldn’t be more proud of her.”

Carleton College (Minn.) won the regional with 48 points and Nebraska Wesleyan finished runner-up with 103 points while Central tallied 434 points.

Senior Evie Kammeyer (Urbandale) ran a career race in her final collegiate race, finishing in 23:27.9, good for 50th.

Running in her home state, sophomore Lauren Moll (Faribault, Minn.) placed 80th with a career best 24:08 time.

“Lauren ran a really good race today as well,” said Dunham. “She ran a personal best and has us really excited for her to continue to grow during track season.”

Junior Jenna Murray (Grandview, Louisa-Muscatine HS) was fourth for the Dutch finishing with a career best 25:31.8 and placing 138th.

Sophomores Ashley Meldrum (Cambridge, Ballard HS) and Savanna Henning (Ankeny, Centennial HS)also ran their best times in their short careers Saturday. Meldrum ran 25:46.7, placing 145th and Henning ran 25:50.2, finishing 150th.

Freshman Sarah Roberts (Lake in the Hills, Ill., Huntley HS) continued the trend of personal records, placing 165th with a career best 26:23.3.

There’s plenty of optimism for the program with five of its seven regional runners returning next season. Also returning will be junior Rachel Peter (Prairie City, PCM HS), who was Central’s top runner in the 2016 regional but missed most of the 2017 campaign due to injury.

“I’m extremely excited about our women’s program,” said Dunham. “I feel like we are trending in the right direction and will continue to work to improve.”

Dan Curts and Andrew Jordan-ISU
©Jim Kirby 2017

Cyclone Men and Women are Team Regional Champions

 Cailie Logue-ISU ©Jim Kirby 2017

Cailie Logue-ISU
©Jim Kirby 2017


The No. 20 Iowa State cross country team is headed back to the NCAA Championships for the ninth-straight year. The Cyclones won the Midwest Regional, capturing their sixth regional title since 2010 and first since 2014.

Courtesy Cyclones Athletics, click here!  Dan Curts and Andrew Jordan-ISU ©Jim Kirby 2017

After unofficially trailing by a point through the one mile mark to Minnesota, the Cyclones quickly jumped out to a lead that they wouldn’t relinquish, cruising to victory.

The Cardinal and Gold tallied a team score of 90, edging second-place finishers Oklahoma State (103) by 13 points. Head coach Andrea Grove-McDonough received All-Region performances from freshmen Cailie Logue (3rd) and Amanda Vestri (11th), as well as junior Anne Frisbie (9th).

Today was also the Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series showdown with Iowa, as the Cyclone men and women both claimed the points over Iowa. After five events, Iowa State leads this season’s competition 6-5.

Logue and Vestri continued their outstanding freshmen campaigns. Logue secured All-Region honors with a 6k time of 20:14. Vestri finished shortly behind Logue in a time of 20:30.

For the second straight season, Frisbie secured a spot on the Midwest All-Region team. She finished in a time of 20:28. Freshman Karly Ackley and junior Kelly Naumann were the other two Cyclone scoring runners. Ackley finished in 20:50 for 26th place, while Naumann finished 41st in a time of 21:09.

Junior Evelyne Guay and sophomore Megan Schott also ran well for the Cyclones in sub-freezing temperatures. Guay took 49th individually in 21:14, and Schott crossed the finish line in 21:18, good for 54th.

The women will be joined by the men, who also won the Midwest Region, at the NCAA Championships in Louisville, Kentucky. The championships are set for next Saturday, Nov. 18th at E.P. Tom Sawyer Park.

Top-5 Team
1. Iowa State – 90

2. Oklahoma State – 103
3. Minnesota – 119
4. Missouri – 215
5. South Dakota – 252

Iowa State Results
3. Cailie Logue – 20:14
9. Anne Frisbie – 20:28
11. Amanda Vestri – 20:30
26. Karly Ackley – 20:50
41. Kelly Naumann – 21:09
49. Evelyne Guay – 21:14
54. Megan Schott – 21:18


The No. 14 Iowa State men’s team continued its historic postseason run at the Midwest Regional Championships, securing their first ever regional title. With their victory, the men have qualified for the 2017 NCAA Championships.

Courtesy Cyclones Athletics, click here!

Iowa State will be making its second consecutive championships appearance, which marks the first time that it’s done so since 2008-09.

ISU tallied 69 team points, defeating second-place finishers Oklahoma State (75) by five points. All five of the Cyclone scoring runners earned All-Region honors, finishing in the top-25.

Today was also the Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series showdown with Iowa, as the Cyclone men and women both claimed the points over Iowa. After five events, Iowa State leads this season’s competition 6-5.

A late push from redshirt junior Dan Curts elevated the Cyclones. At the 8k mark, the Cyclones were in fourth as a team, and Curts was in 13th individually. A strong final stretch for the Ellsworth, Maine, native put him across the finish line in third place at a time of 29:12.97.

Sophomore Andrew Jordan finished just steps behind Curts, taking fourth in 29:13.37. Sophomore Stanley Langat was 18th at 29:37.74, while senior Nathan Rodriguez grabbed 20th individually with a 10k time of 29:40.45. Freshman Milo Greder ran a great race, finishing 24th in a time of 29:42.60.

Junior John Nownes finished 42nd in 20:02.88, while Thomas Pollard rounded out the Cyclone runners, finishing 47th in 30:07.24.

The men will be joined by the women, who also won the Midwest Regional, at the NCAA Championships in Louisville, Kentucky. The championships are set for next Saturday, Nov. 18th at E.P. Tom Sawyer Park.

Top-5 Teams
1. Iowa State – 69

2. Oklahoma State – 74
3. Tulsa – 98
4. Illinois – 98
5. Minnesota – 144

Iowa State Results
3. Dan Curts – 29:12.97
4. Andrew Jordan – 29:13.37
18. Stanley Langat – 29:37.74
20. Nathan Rodriguez – 29:40.45
24. Milo Greder – 29:42.60
42. John Nownes – 30:02.88
47. Thomas Pollard – 30:07.24