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
1. Northern Arizona (74)
2. Portland (127)
3. BYU (165)
4. Stanford (221)
5. Arkansas (259)
6. Oregon (274)
7. Iowa State (279)
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.
1. New Mexico (90)
2. San Francisco (105)
3. Colorado (139)
4. Stanford (165)
5. Oregon (203)
20. Iowa State (508)
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