ISU women dominate NCAA Regional cross-country meet

Kevin Shay

The ISU women dominated the Midwest Regional meet Saturday in Peoria, Ill., as they placed three runners in the top five, and five in the top 15, en route to 70-point victory over second-place Oklahoma State.

However, the men fell short of advancing after finishing fourth behind third-place Minnesota, Oklahoma State and champion Oklahoma. Iowa State did not finish in the top two that would have automatically qualified them for the Championship meet, nor were they selected by the selection sub-committee.

All is not lost on the men’s side though, as Hillary Bor finished the race 13th overall with a time of 30:15.59 in the 10K race. He successfully placed in the top four necessary to advance for individual runners that are not members of an already advancing team.

ISU sophomore Rico Loy placed fifth among individual qualifying runners, just missing out on advancing. Loy completed the race in a time of 30:17.21, good for 14th overall.

Even though the men will send only one runner to Terre Haute, Ind., for the NCAA championship meet, all of the women will be enjoying the trip after their first-place performance.

Once again Betsy Saina and Aliphine Tuliamuk paced the Cyclones with second- and fourth-place finishes. Saina completed the 6K race in a time of 20:01.54, and was edged by six-hundredths of a second by Minnesota Golden Gopher and meet champion Stephanie Price. Tuliamuk finished in 20:05.70.

Also, Semehar Tesfaye lived up to coach Corey Ihmels’ early-week hopes that she would run with Saina and Tuliamuk. Tesfaye finished in fifth with a time of 20:14.40. Lucy Kennedy finished 10th, Dani¬†Stack 14th, India Lee 32nd, and Morgan Casey 34th for the Cyclones.

The Cyclone women and Hillary Bor will spend the coming week preparing for the NCAA Championships meet next Monday in Terre Haute, Ind.