The No. 5 Iowa State cross country team finished third place at the John McNichols Invitational on Saturday. It was a stacked field that the Cyclones ran against as five of the Nation’s top-25 teams were in attendance.
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The Cyclones finished with 66 team points behind first-place Northern Arizona (31) and second-place Stanford (51).
The Cyclones were led by All-American Edwin Kurgat. Kurgat ran an outstanding race and finished first individually in a time of 23:47. It was a battle down the last 400 meters, but Kurgat outlasted Stanford’s Thomas Ratcliffe, crossing the finish line four seconds ahead of him.
Transfers Addison Dehaven and Mitchell Day were making their Iowa State cross country debuts on Saturday morning. Dehaven, a two-time All-American, finished 11th individually in 24:19. Day, the 2017 ACC Freshman of the Year, took 15th in a time of 24:35.
Sophomore Chad Johnson and junior Thomas Pollard also posted top-20 performances. Johnson finished 19th in 24:50, followed closely by Pollard who finished 20th in 24:51. Junior Milo Greder was also in that pack, and finished 21st in 24:53.
The Cyclones will be off for a bit before returning to the course on Oct. 18 at the annual Wisconsin Nuttycombe Invitational in Madison, Wis.
Top-10 Team Scores
1. Northern Arizona, 31
2. Stanford, 51
3. Iowa State, 66
4. Purdue, 70
5. Indiana, 174
6. Eastern Michigan, 204
7. Illinois, 226
8. IUPUI, 309
9. Eastern Illinois
10. Central Arkansas