Kiel Uhl is Top Cyclone Finisher at weekend meet

Freshman Kiel Uhl once again was the top finisher for the ISU men's cross country team at the 20th annual Roy Griak Invitational, hosted by the University of Minnesota. The women's team also competed with Lisa Koll leading the way.

Kiel Uhl led the way for the Iowa State men's team and was the first Cyclone across the line for the third race in a row.  The freshman from Prole, Iowa, clocked a time of 24:42 to finish 15th among 225 competitors in the 8K.  Coming in 58th, junior David Rotich timed 25:23 to be the second Iowa Stater across the line.  Jory Zunich (25:41) and John Ricardi (25:55) finished 82nd and 94th, respectively.  Junior Jon Reis completed the race in 26:11 and placed 114th.  The Cyclone team ended up in 16th place of 27 teams in the men's gold division.  ISU's total time was 2:07.52.  Brigham Young University won the meet with an overall time of 2:03.55.  Wisconsin placed second, and Iowa came in third.


"Kiel Uhl did an excellent job," said Iowa State men's head coach Corey Ihmels.  "He held back at times.  I think he was being cautious because of the number of people in the race, but he's only going to get better.  He had an awesome race, and to place 15th as a true freshman in a race like this is great.  I was a little disappointed with our 16th place team finish, but we were only a eleven points from getting 12th place, so things will improve.  We just need a few guys to step it up to the next level."


Freshman Lisa Koll was the top finisher for the women's team in the 6K women's gold division.  The Fort Dodge native ran a time of 22:56 to finish 98th of 287 runners.  Newcomer Dawn Caffrey was next in line for ISU, clocking a time of 23:53 to come in 186th.  Junior Meredith McKean finished 194th with a time of 23:54.  Jessi Wild finished 210th, clocking 24:09, and Krysta Metz ran 24:35 to place 236th.  The Iowa State women finished 28th out of 31 teams.  Arizona State won the women's gold division, followed by Minnesota (second) and Baylor (third).


"The freshmen got the experience of their first 6K behind them," said ISU women's head coach Dick Lee.  "This setting is not the easiest way to do that because of the number of people running in the race.  Everyone felt like they could have placed higher individually.  The team didn't get out like they needed to in the first 1,000 meters, and in big races like this it's hard to get past that.  I think Lisa Koll had a good solid race, and this meet was a good learning experience for the team."


Both Cyclone cross country teams are scheduled to run at the SDSU Invitational next Saturday.  Action is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m.  Results and a release containing quotes from Cyclone coaches and players will be posted on shortly upon completion of the meet.


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