Iowa State Cyclones track and field

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Iowa State Cyclones
Founded: 1859
Iowa State Cyclones athletic logo

University Iowa State University
Conference Big 12
Location Ames, IA
Head Coach Corey Ihmels (3rd year)
Indoor Facility Lied Recreation Center
(Capacity: 2000)
Outdoor Facility SW Athletic Complex
(Capacity: )
Colors Cardinal and Gold


Indoor NCAA Appearance
Men: 1967, 1968, 1969, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1984, 1992, 1993, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2002
Women: 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005
Outdoor NCAA Appearance
Men: 1921, 1922, 1928, 1930, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1936, 1943, 1944, 1945, 1946, 1957, 1964, 1967, 1978, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2005, 2006
Women: 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002
Indoor Conference Champions
Men: 1944, 1945, 1946, 1984, 1986, 1990, 1991, 1993
Women: 1977, 1978, 1979
Outdoor Conference Champions
Men: 1908, 1944, 1945, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994
Women: 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979

Iowa State Cyclones Track and Field is an American collegiate sports team sponsored by Iowa State University. Iowa State University is in the Big 12 Conference. While part of the Big Eight Conference, Iowa State University won 25 Conference titles in Track and Cross Country under the leadership of Coach Bill Bergan. 2007 saw a change in the structure of the Iowa State University Track & Field program. Previously there existed a separate Men’s and Women’s program for the same sport, but Iowa State University Athletic Director Jamie Pollard implemented a new structure which now includes a Director of Track & Field (Corey Ihmels) with a total of 8 Assistant Coaches working under him.

Hall of Fame[edit]


Bill Bergan Coached ISU to NCAA Cross Country championship in 1989 and 1994. During his time as Coach his athletes earned All-America honors 104 times and won 156 conference titles for their individual performances. He is also Founder and CEO of Championship Productions.

Jon Brown was the 1992 NCAA Indoor 5000m Champion and was also a six-time Big Eight Champion. Jon also went on to represent Great Britain in three Olympics finishing in fourth place in the 2000 and 2004 Olympic Marathons.

Jonah Koech of Kenya was a three-time NCAA Indoor 5000m Champion as well as winning titles in the 1993 NCAA 10,000m and 1990 NCAA Cross Country.

John Nuttall was the 1989 NCAA Cross Country Champion, also capturing eight Big Eight Championship titles and six Big Eight team crowns. John went on to represent Great Britain at the Olympics.

Yobes Ondieki was the 10,000m World Record holder in 1993 and finished fourth in the 1992 Olympic games 5000m. While at ISU he was a top three finisher three times in the NCAA Cross Country Championship and won the Big Eight Cross Country title three times.


Carol Cook won the 1976 Big Eight crown to help her ISU team win the championship. She also won individual titles in the Big Eight 5000m run and the two-mile run.

Nawal El Moutawakel won a gold medal in the 1984 Olympic 400m hurdles, also setting an Olympic Record. While at Iowa State she won the 1984 400m hurdles at the National Championships and during her career won four individual conference titles.

Pat Hodgson won two titles in the Big Eight Championships in the High Jump. She also won the Big Eight title in the 440-yard hurdles and mile relay in 1975.


Titles Type Year
Conference Championships[1]
13 Big Eight Conference Men's Outdoor Team Champion 1908, 1944, 1945, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994[2]
6 Big Eight Conference Women's Outdoor Team Champion 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979[3]
8 Big Eight Conference Men's Indoor Team Champion 1944, 1945, 1946, 1984, 1986, 1990, 1991, 1993[4]
5 Big Eight Conference Women's Indoor Team Champion 1974, 1975, 1976, 1978, 1979[5]
32 Total

2007/2008 Schedule[edit]

The Iowa State University Track & Field team is composed of three main event areas. These are Throws, Sprints and Distance. During the American University Fall Semester (which at Iowa State begins in late August and ends in mid-December), Distance runners participate in Cross Country as a team for the University. At the end of the Fall Semester, the first Indoor Track & Field competitions of the academic year begin. Following this, the Spring semester (early January until early May) is when almost all American Collegiate Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field competitions take place, with Division One Nationals ending the Track season in early June.

Date Meet Place
December 7 Holiday Preview Ames, Iowa
January 11 Arkansas Invitational Fayetteville, Arkansas
January 19 Northern Iowa Invitational Cedar Falls, Iowa
January 25–26 ISU Open Ames, Iowa
February 1–2 Husker Invitational Lincoln, Nebraska
February 8–9 Adidas Classic Lincoln, Nebraska
February 15–16 ISU Classic Ames, Iowa
February 29- March 1 Big 12 Indoor Championships Lincoln, Nebraska
March 8 NCAA Qualifier Ames, Iowa
March 14–15 NCAA Indoor Championships Fayetteville, Arkansas

Date Meet Place
March 29 Missouri Columbia, Mo
April 2 Texas Relays Austin, Texas
April 4 Stanford Invitational Palo Alto, Calif.
April 5 Northern Iowa Invitational Cedar Falls, Iowa
April 12 John Jacobs Invitational Norman, Oklahoma
April 17 Mt. Sac Relays Walnut, California
April 19 Iowa Invitational Iowa City, Iowa
April 25 Kip Janvrin Open Indianola, Iowa
May 2 Arkansas Twilight Fayetteville, Arkansas
May 9 Oregon Twilight Eugene, Ore.
May 16 Big 12 Championships Boulder, Colo
May 30 NCAA Regional Lincoln, Nebraska
June 11 NCAA Championships Des Moines, Iowa
June 20 US Jr Championships Iowa City, Iowa
June 26 US Olympic Trials Eugene, Ore.


• Indoor Track
• Outdoor Track
• Cross Country Course
• Strength and Conditioning Weight Room
• Athletic Training/Physical Therapy Room
• Hixson-Lied Athlete Success Center

Iowa State track athletes train and compete in one of the finest indoor facilities in the world. Iowa State’s $13 million Lied Recreation-Athletic Facility complements Iowa State’s outdoor track complex. The combination gives Cyclone track athletes first-rate, year-round practice facilities. The Lied Recreation-Athletic Facility was the site of the 1998, 2000 and 2007 Big 12 Indoor Track and Field Championships. The indoor facility includes a 300-meter track that is one of the largest and fastest indoor surfaces in the world. Over the summer of 1999 the track was resurfaced at a cost of over $600,000 with a mondo surface, showing ISU’s commitment to being amongst the best in the nation.

2008/2009 Coaching staff[edit]

Name Position/Event Area Season at ISU
Corey Ihmels Director 7th
Travis Hartke Assistant Distance Coach 3rd
John Dagata Assistant Throws Coach 2nd
Pete Herber Assistant Jumps/Multi-Events Coach 2nd
Nate Wiens Assistant Sprints/Hurdles Coach 1st
Michelle Ihmels Volunteer Assistant Coach 2nd
Danny Harris Volunteer Assistant Coach 1st

Rival universities[edit]

Iowa State University’s biggest rival is the University of Iowa, also known as the Hawkeyes. As the two largest Universities in the state of Iowa the rivalry is fierce and it is one of the most hard fought sporting rivalries in the whole of the American Collegiate arena. Other rivalry is also with the competing Big 12 Conference teams. This includes Nebraska, Texas, Texas Tech, Texas A&M, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Missouri, Baylor, Colorado, Kansas, Kansas State.


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