Cy-Hawk series expands with golf, cross country

Tommy Birch

The Iowa State University golf and cross country teams are taking their rivalry with Iowa to another level this season.

Officials from both schools announced Saturday that men’s golf and men’s and women’s cross country are being added to the Hy-Vee Cy-Hawk Series.

“It is definitely something that is going to be a good competitive outlet for us,” said junior cross country All-American Lisa Koll.

The series, which already includes volleyball, soccer, football, swimming and diving, gymnastics, softball and men’s and women’s basketball, began in 2004.

The addition of the new sports will count for two points for each victory in the series.

One academic point is also offered if a team graduates more student-athletes at a higher percentage than the undergraduate population.

Football is the only sport that ranks higher, with three points awarded to the winner. This season, the Cyclones play host to the Hawkeyes football team Sept. 15 at Jack Trice Stadium.

As for Koll and her cross country teammates, they’ll meet up with Iowa during NCAA Regionals Nov. 10, where she hopes the new rivalry will spark interest outside of the university. Iowa currently holds a 2-1 series lead in the competition.

“Just recognizing cross country as a big sport is nice,” she said. “Hopefully we’ll get more public interest in the sport.”