MADISON, Wis. – Iowa State’s Betsy Saina and Meaghan Nelson placed second and fourth respectively, in a field of 323 runners from 48 teams to pace the Cyclones to a runaway team title Friday at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational on the Thomas Zimmer Cross Country Course. Iowa State won the women’s 6,000-meter race with 106 points. Stanford was second with 181 points.
“[Our] women ran aggressively and we talked about doing that before the race,” Iowa State coach Corey Ihmels said. “This was a dress rehearsal for the NCAA meet and we treated it that way. They handled the pressure of expectations and a big crowd.”
The Iowa State women were ranked fifth nationally coming into the meet but bested No. 7 Stanford (2nd-181 points), No. 2 Arizona (3rd-242 points), No. 3 Washington (4th-252 points), No. 9 Cornell (5th-264 points) and No. 10 Michigan State (9th-420 points) among others.
Saina ended up second to Cal-Poly’s Laura Hollander, who won the individual crown in 19:33. Saina finished in 19:35 followed by Weber State’s Amber Henry (19:43) and Nelson (19:45). Iowa State freshman Crystal Nelson was 26th (20:10), junior Samantha Bluske was 30th (20:14), sophomore Katy Moen was 47th (20:27), senior Taylor Petersen was 139th (21:01) and junior Bethany Olson 225th (21:33) for the Cyclones.