Women’s track and field works for universal goals


Aliphine Tuliamuk (left) and Betsy Saina race the final lap during the women’s 5,000-meter run during the indoor season. 

Stephen Koenigsfeld

Next season, the ISU women’s track and field team will be headed by coach Corey Ihmels. Ihmels will be in his sixth year of coaching the track program at Iowa State.

Ihmels has a variety of coaches that help him maintain the program. Such individuals include: assistant coach and distance coach Travis Hartke, sprints and hurdles coach Nate Wiens, multi-events and jumps coach Pete Herber, throwing coach Grant Wall, and volunteer coaches Kristy Popp and Benji Wetli.

The headline for the women’s indoor season was distance runner Betsy Saina winning the women’s 5,000-meter run at the NCAA Indoor Championships. Meaghan Nelson and Dani Stack also were competitors at the national competition.

During the outdoor season, the women’s track and field team spent its time and effort training for the Olympic Trails in June. While the trials were not the only things the runners were striving for, it was a universal goal among the athletes.

The women were ranked numerous times within the top-25 national polls and even ranked as high as 14th at one point.

The women’s team has a focused and hungry mindset going into the 2012-13 season. Most runners are part of the ISU cross-country team, therefore athletes plan to stay in shape transitioning from one sport to another.

The ISU women’s track and field team has a long line of history, ranging from conference championships to national champions.