Iowa State men’s and women’s cross-country sweep the NCAA Midwest


Nathan Rodriguez, Dan Curts, Andrew Jordan, Stanley Langat and Milo Greder of the Iowa State men’s cross country team pose for photos after receiving medals for placing in the top 25 for the NCAA Cross Country Midwest Regional held at Iowa State on Nov. 10.

Maggie Davis

For the Iowa State men’s and women’s cross-country teams, the 2017 NCAA Cross Country Midwest Regional qualifying meet was just another fall day in Iowa on Friday.  

Twenty-eight degrees and windy. 

Yep. Just another day in Iowa. 

The Cyclones men and women both defended their home turf today, running away with a clean sweep of the NCAA Midwest regional meet and taking home both team titles. 

The women led the way, winning the team race with a score of 90 points over second place Oklahoma State with 103 points, and third place Minnesota with 119 points. 

Freshman Cailie Logue finished first for the Iowa state women coming in third in 20:13.7. Junior Anne Frisbie crossed the line next in the No. 9 spot with a time of 20:27.8. Another freshman, Amanda Vestri, was the third finisher in 11th at 20:29.5.  

Freshman Karly Ackley and junior Kelly Naumann rounded out the top five in 26th and 41st place, respectively. 

Roughly 30 minutes after the women celebrated their unofficial meet win and automatic qualifying spot for the NCAA National Championship meet, the men’s race kicked off. 

The Iowa State men took the team win with a team score of 69 over second-place Oklahoma State with 74 points, and Tulsa and Illinois were tied for third with 98 points. 

Junior Dan Curts was the first Cyclone to cross the line for the men, finishing in third with a time of 29:13.0. Right behind Curts in fourth was sophomore Andrew Jordan, with a time of 29:13.4. 

Sophomore Stanley Langat, junior Nathan Rodriguez, and freshman Milo Greder came in 18th, 20th, and 24th, respectiely, as the top five runners for the men finished in the top 25 overall. 

The men and women’s cross-country teams were coming into today’s meet off a sweep in similar style of the Big 12 Championship meet two weeks ago in Round Rock, Texas. 

With first place team finishes, both teams take an automatic qualifying spot to the NCAA National Championships meet in just eight days in Louisville, Kentucky.