Iowa State Cyclones cross country
|Iowa State Cyclones|
|Head Coach||Corey Ihmels (3rd year)|
|Course||ISU Cross Country Course|
|Colors||Cardinal and Gold
|Men's National Championships|
|Women's National Championships|
|1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1981|
|Men's NCAA Appearances|
|1958, 1959, 1966, 1974, 1976, 1977, 1980, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2007, 2008, 2009|
|Women's NCAA Appearances|
|1982, 1983, 1985, 1990, 1995, 1996, 2009|
|Men's Conference Champions|
|1911, 1913, 1914, 1915, 1916, 1917, 1919, 1920, 1921, 1922, 1923, 1926, 1930, 1931, 1974, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994|
|Women's Conference Champions|
|1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979 ,1981, 1983, 1990, 2011|
Iowa State Cyclones Cross Country is an athletic team representing the Cyclones of Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. Originally, the men’s and women’s teams were considered separate; but, beginning in the 2007 season, the two teams were combined and are now considered as one at the university.
- 1 History
- 2 Championships
- 3 Record by year
- 4 All-Americans
- 5 Current coaching staff
- 6 ISU Cross Country Course
- 7 See also
- 8 References
The Iowa State men’s cross country team made their first appearance as a team at the National Cross country meet in 1952. Between 1952 and 1987, Iowa State produced ten different individual All-Americans, many of them receiving the honors more than once.
In both 1987 and 1988, the men’s team won the Big Eight Conference titles. In 1989, the team led by John Nuttall and Jonah Koech won their third consecutive Big Eight Conference championship and continued to the national meet with high hopes. At the NCAA Division 1 National Meet, Nuttall captured the individual crown, followed in second by his teammate Koech. The 1989 Iowa State Cyclone team won their first national championship with the second best team score in the previous 25 years.
For the next two years, Iowa State was the runner-up at the national meet. In 1994, the team, led by Ian Robinson, was once again Big Eight Conference Champions and was expected to contend for the national title. Although the meet was held on the home course of the defending champions, Arkansas, Iowa State captured the national title for the first time since 1989.
The Iowa State women’s cross-country team began in 1975. The same year the program was organized, the team, led by Peg Neppel-Darrah (who placed 2nd), won the US Track and Field National Cross Country Championship. For the next four years, the team won the national championships, and by 1979 had also won a Big Eight Conference title and many regional championships.
In 1981, the women’s team, led by conference champion Dorothe Rasmussen, won the Big Eight Conference championship once again. Rasmussen won the 1981 AIAW National Championship Meet, and was accompanied by the rest of the team members, as they all became team champions.
In 1985, the Iowa State women’s team surprised the nation when they became the NCAA Division 1 Runners-Up at the National Meet. As the airplane was traveling back to Ames, it crashed near Des Moines due to wing ice accumulation. Seven Iowa State runners and faculty died in the crash.
Corey Ihmels, previously the Iowa State men’s cross-country head coach, was hired to be head coach of both the Iowa State cyclones cross-country program and Iowa State Cyclones Track and Field program in 2007. Another recent change to the Iowa State cross-country team is the joining of the men’s and women’s teams into one unified program.
In the 2007 season, the Iowa State men had the best finish at the Big 12 Conference Championship in ten years, and the women had their highest since 2000. The women were also ranked regionally for the first time since 2000, and then men qualified for the national meet for the first time since 1997. The men have since qualified for the 2008 and 2009 championships, and the women's team qualified for the 2009 championships. 2009 was the first time that both teams qualified for the NCAAs since 1995.
|2||Men's NCAA Team Champions||1989, 1994|
|25||Big Eight Conference Men's Team Champion||1911, 1913, 1914, 1915, 1916, 1917, 1919, 1920, 1921, 1922, 1923, 1926, 1930, 1931, 1974, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994|
|3||Big Ten Conference Men's Team Champion||1911, 1919, 1920|
|0||Big 12 Conference Men's Team Champion|
|5||Women's AIAW Team Champions||1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1981|
|2||Women's USF Team Champions||1973, 1974|
|8||Big Eight Conference Women's Team Champion||1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1983, 1990|
|2||Big 12 Conference Women's Team Champion||2011, 2012|
Record by year
Current coaching staff
Corey Ihmels serves as ISU's Director of Track and Field and Cross Country. As a runner in high school, he was a 13-time state champion in North Dakota. He ran for Iowa State, where he broke four-minutes in the mile, and was a Big 12 Conference Champion in both the mile and 1,000 meter run. He began coaching at Iowa State as Head Men’s Cross Country Coach from 2001 to 2006. He was hired as Head Director of Track and Field/Cross Country at Iowa State in 2007.
Blake Boldon is the Recruiting Coordinator and Assistant Coach for Iowa State. He competed for Missouri State as a collegiate runner, and was a five-time Missouri Valley Conference Champion. He now competes for the company Saucony. Boldon is a former volunteer assistant for the Iowa State cross-country team, and was hired as Recruiting Coordinator and Assistant Coach in 2007.
Travis Hartke, a graduate of North Central College, and Michelle Ihmels serve as Volunteer Assistant Coaches.
ISU Cross Country Course
In October 1995, the ISU Cross Country Course was dedicated and opened. This facility was the original dream of Iowa State Men’s Cross Country Coach Bill Bergan. It was the host of the 2000 NCAA Division 1 Cross Country Championships and was the first course in the United States to be specifically and used and tailored for cross-country racing.
- Iowa State Cross Country
- Iowa State Cyclones Men's Cross Country
- Iowa State Women's Cross Country
- Iowa State Cyclone Athletics
- NCAA Men's Records
- NCAA Women's Records
- Iowa State Cyclones Cross Country Media Guide
- Iowa State Cyclones Track & Field / Cross Country
- Iowa State Cyclones Track & Field / Cross Country
- Big 12 Conference Men's Cross Country record book
- Big 12 Conference Women's Cross Country record book
- Iowa State University Library Entry
- "Iowa State Track & Field/ Cross Country Media Guide". Iowa State University. 2008. Retrieved 04/01/09.