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.

Courtesy Cyclones Athletics, click here! Feature photo: Dan Curts and Andrew Jordan-ISU
©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.