Iowa State cross country teams earn regional honors


Iowa State distance runner Dan Curts nears the finish after running a 10k during the NCAA Cross Country Midwest Regional held at Iowa State on Nov. 10. Curts placed third overall for the men’s division with a time of 29:12.97. Following closely behind Curts is Andrew Jordan who placed fourth overall with a time of 29:13.37. The men’s team placed first overall with a score of 69.

Maggie Davis

Following the conclusion of the regional qualifying meets across the country this past weekend, the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) released the coaches of the year by region. 

Martin Smith, director of men and women’s track and field and cross country at Iowa State and Andrea Grove-McDonough, the head women’s cross country coach for the Cyclones, both received regional honors. 

Smith was named Midwest Region Roy Griak Coach of the Year, and Grove-McDonough was named the Women’s Midwest Region Coach of the Year.

These accolades come on the heels of the Cyclones’ recent postseason success, with both the men and women capturing the team titles at the Big 12 Conference meet and the NCAA Midwest Regional qualifying meet. 

Additionally, at the conclusion of the regional championships, eight Cyclone runners received regional honors. On the men’s side, Dan Curts, Andrew Jordan, Stanley Langat, Nathan Rodriguez and Milo Greder earned All-Region honors, and for the women, three runners made the All-Region team; Cailie Logue, Anne Frisbie, and Amanda Vestri. 

The Iowa State cross country teams toe off in their final races of the 2017 season at the NCAA Cross Country National Championships in Louisville, Kentucky this Saturday.

The women’s 6-kilometer race will kick off at 9:45 a.m. in E.B. Tom Sawyer Park, followed by the men’s 10-kilometer race at 10:45.