The No. 5 Iowa State men’s cross country team claimed its third-straight Big 12 Championship behind Edwin Kurgat’s second-straight individual Big 12 title. In total the Cyclones placed seven in the top-15 to claim the Big 12 crown for a third straight year.
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ISU’s seven All-Big 12 performers ties for the most at the Big 12 Championship and it is just the third time in Big 12 history that a team has placed seven on the podium (Colorado, 1999, Oklahoma State, 2014, Iowa State, 2019).
Kurgat and Oklahoma State’s Isai Rodriguez were once again locked in a neck-and-neck race for the individual title. The two traded the lead a number of times, but ultimately it was Kurgat who posted an 8k time of 23.36.3 to outlast the Cowboy by three seconds.
Just like the individual title, the men’s Big 12 title was also a tight race until the end. Oklahoma State jumped out to an early lead, but it was Iowa State that then captured the lead for most of the race. OSU would regain the lead with 2k remaining. In the end, Iowa State’s final kick down the stretch pushed them past the Cowboys, with the Cyclones’ 34 team points besting OSU’s 58.
Iowa State’s victory was thanks to seven All-Big 12 performances, including four top-10 performances. Addison Dehaven (sixth), Chad Johnson (eighth) and Milo Greder (ninth) claimed top-10 finishes alongside Kurgat. Dehaven posted an 8k time of 23:55.4, followed closely by Johnson (23:58.1) and Greder, (24:00.5).
Dehaven, a Boise State transfer, earned his first All-Big 12 recognition, while Greder is now a three-time All-Big 12 performer and Johnson a two-timer.
Joining those four on the podium were David Too (10th), Mitchell Day (11th) and Thomas Pollard (15th). Too ran the 8k course at Cottonwood Golf Course in 24:03.4, Day in 24:05.3 and Pollard in 24:09.5.
This is the first time that Too and Day stood on the Big 12 podium and Pollard’s third All-Big 12 recognition.
The Cyclones will have a short break before their postseason run continues. Iowa State will next compete at the NCAA Midwest Regional Championships in Stillwater, Okla., on Nov. 15.
1. Edwin Kurgat, Iowa State – 23:36.3
6. Addison Dehaven, Iowa State – 23:55.4
8. Chad Johnson, Iowa State – 23:58.1
9. Milo Greder, Iowa State – 24:00.5
10. David Too, Iowa State – 24:03.4
11. Mitchell Day, Iowa State – 24:05.3
15. Thomas Pollard, Iowa State – 24:09.5
35. Jeffery Pedersen, Iowa State – 25:00.7
51. Jared Schuckman, Iowa State – 25:34.9
1. Iowa State – 34
2. Oklahoma State – 58
3. Texas – 72
4. Kansas – 92
5. Texas Tech – 147
6. Kansas State – 150
7. Baylor – 213
8. Oklahoma – 221
9. TCU – 28