ISU women’s cross country claims fifth consecutive Midwest Regional title


Junior Crystal Nelson and redshirt senior Katy Moen lead the pack at the Big 12 Championships on Nov. 1.

Kyle Heim

The ISU women’s cross country team is heading to the NCAA Championships after placing first at the Midwest Regional.

The Cyclones ran conservatively from the gate, holding on to fifth place after the first 2000 meters. Iowa State moved ahead to first after the 4000-meter point of the race, and held on to their lead during the final 2000 meters. 

Redshirt senior Katy Moen and junior Crystal Nelson led the Cyclones in scoring with fourth and fifth place performances, respectively. 

Sophomore Perez Rotich and redshirt freshman Erin Hooker finished together with a time of 20:41.2, earning 13th and 14th place performances.

Sophomore Heidi Engelhardt rounded out the scoring for Iowa State, placing 30th with a time of 20:57.8.

Iowa State will compete at the NCAA Championships for the sixth consecutive year in Terre Haute, Ind. on Nov. 22.