Women win Big 12 Championships

Caitlyn Diimig

The ISU women’s cross country team won its first-ever Big 12 Championship title on Saturday in College Station, Texas. 

The Cyclones were able to beat out Texas and Oklahoma State with 68 points. 

Junior Meaghan Nelson led the way and scored second place on the 6,000-meter course in a time of 19:33.8.

Senior Dani Stack placed sixth and junior Betsy Saina placed 13th. The women’s top five, including sophomore Morgan Casey and Taylor Petersen, all placed in the top 30. 

Texas and Oklahoma State also had their top five within the top 30, and scored 83 and 86, respectively. 

The men’s team placed 5th for the second year in a row. 

Senior Rico Loy was Iowa State’s fasted man running with a time of 24:08.0 in the 8,000-meter race. Sophomore Martin Coolidge was the next fasted Cyclone placing 27th. 

The ISU men finished with 137 points. First place went to Oklahoma State for the fourth year in a row with 30 points. The Cowboys’ five fasted men all placed in the top 15.