Uhl Takes Second at Midwest Regional

Kiel Uhl is now qualified to compete at the NCAA Championship, which is to be held at Terre Haute, Ind. on Nov. 21.

Kiel Uhl has earned an at large-berth in the NCAA Cross Country Championship after placing second among 150 competitors at the Midwest Cross Country Regional.  The true freshman finished the 10K course in a time of 30:55, just behind first-place finisher Antonio Vega from Minnesota who finished the race in 30:52.  Junior David Rotich was the second finisher for the Cyclones, finishing 24th in 31:48.  Newcomers Richard Newton (33:08) and Jory Zunich (33:21) were the next Cyclones across the line.  Ricky Reusser finished the meet with a time of 33:21.  Overall, the men's team finished eighth with at total of 246 points.  Oklahoma State won the meet with 49 points.

"Kiel and David ran extremely well," said Cyclone men's head cross country coach Corey Ihmels.  "Overall we placed eighth as a team, which is pretty disappointing.  The rest of the team didn't perform as well as they could have.  But this race qualifies Kiel for nationals, and I think he has a definite chance to be an All-American, which is tremendous for a freshman.  What he did here today speaks volumes of what he can do down the road."

"I felt really relaxed," said second-place finisher Kiel Uhl.  "I was just trying to put myself in position to go to nationals.  I'm really confident and really stoked about making it to the next level, and I'm going to try to not think about it too much in the next few days.  I think today's race shows what I'm capable of and how my future will go; I just have to be patient."

For the Cyclone women, Fort Dodge native Lisa Koll finished 32nd among a field of 110 competitors.  She finished the 6K in 22:15.  Meredith McKean was the second Cyclone woman to cross the line, finishing 87th.  Jessi Wild (23:48) and Mackenzie Madison (24:05) were the next Iowa Staters, followed by Teresa Booth.  The women finished 15th overall with 414 points.  Oklahoma State won the meet with 71 points.

"Overall, we ran better than we did at conference," said ISU women's head cross country coach Dick Lee.  "For a freshman, Lisa ran very well and had a great season.  She had sprained an ankle, and then turned it again about 15 minutes before the race, so that affected her a little bit.  But she was pretty pleased with her performance.  We feel really good about her cross country future."

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