Cyclones Headed West for First Meet of the Season

With six returners and nine newcomers, Iowa State University's men's cross country team is ready to start their season and test the course in Laramie, Wyo., on Friday, Sept. 2.

Juniors Dan Taylor, Jon Reis and Kyle Rasmussen boast plenty of experience for the Cyclones but several newcomers are also expected to make an impact on the team's performance this season. 
Freshman Kiel Uhl earned the Iowa state cross country title, 3200-meter state title and a Drake Relays 3200-meter title during his senior year at Des Moines Roosevelt high school. 
In his prep career, Montana native John Ricardi was the top American finisher and placed 50th overall in the World Mountain Running Championships.  The ISU freshman also holds three Montana state titles in both the 1600 and 3200-meter races and is a two-time state cross country champion.
In 2003, freshman Richard Newton was crowned the British and Irish schools' 1,500-meter champion and finished first in the British and Irish Mountain Running Championships.  Newton was coached in high school by former ISU cross country legend, John Nuttall.
The Wyoming Invitational is slated to begin at 5:30 p.m. and results can be found at on Friday evening.

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