ISU women’s cross-country finishes second at Oz Memorial


Redshirt junior Maddie Nagle runs with the pack at the Bulldog 4K Classic on Aug. 30 in Des Moines. Nagle finished 17th overall with a time of 15:41.

Kyle Heim

The ISU women’s cross-country team fell short of opening the season with back-to-back first place performances Friday in Minnesota. 

Competing in her first career ISU cross-country race, redshirt freshman Abby Caldwell ran strong and led the Cyclones with a third-place overall finish at the Oz Memorial.

Junior Maryn Lowry was next to finish for Iowa State, placing fourth overall.

Despite having five runners finish inside the top 15, the ISU squad was unable to defeat a No. 27 Minnesota group that had runners take four of the top eight spots, including the winner. 

Andrea Toppin, Evelyne Guay and Kate DeSimone rounded out the scoring for the Cyclones with sixth, 10th and 15th place performances, respectively. 

The Cyclones raced without their top five runners for the second consecutive week. 

Iowa State’s 37 points fell four behind Minnesota, but were good enough to defeat South Dakota State and Drake.