2017 FloXC Countdown: #10 Iowa State Men
Probable Top Four:
SO Festus Lagat (4:06 Mile; 3rd at '15 NJCAA XC; 1st at '16 NJCAA 800; 1st at '16 NJCAA 1500)
SO Thomas Pollard (14:02 5K; 29:30 10K; 45th at '16 NCAA XC; 1st at '16 USATF Jr. 10K)
SO Andrew Jordan (8:07 3K; 13:55 5K; 148th at '16 NCAA XC)
JR Dan Curts (3:43 1500; 8:09 3K; 14:39 5K; 99th at '16 NCAA XC)
Fifth Man Battle:
JR Nathan Rodriguez (3:47 1500; 8:04 3K; 13:55 5K; 23rd at '15 NCAA Midwest XC)
SO Stanley Langat (8:18 3K; 14:12 5K; 22nd at '16 NCAA Southeast XC)
FR Tanner Norman (1:58 800; 4:16 1600; 8:56 2 Mile; 8th at '16 NXN)
Festus Lagat via Gilette (4:06 Mile; 3rd at '15 NJCAA XC; 1st at '16 NJCAA 800/1500)
Stanley Langat via Liberty (8:18 3K; 14:12 5K; 22nd at '16 NCAA Southeast XC)
Tanner Norman via Colorado Springs, CO (1:58 800; 4:16 1600; 8:56 2 Mile; 8th at '16 NXN)
Iowa State returns four of the seven men who placed 16th in Terre Haute last year, including top performer Thomas Pollard, who placed 45th as a redshirt freshman.
The Cyclones also have a highly rated influx of new faces, including Festus Lagat, a junior college transfer who won four national titles in 2016 but sat out for the entirety of 2017. His knack for cross country is admittedly a bit of a question mark, but we went ahead and rated Lagat No. 21 in the FloXC individual Countdown due to his sterling record on the track. Though more of a middle distance man, he's already won his season opener, and in 2015 managed a third-place finish at the 2015 NJCAA XC championships and beat out future All-American Joe Klecker of Colorado at the Rocky Mountain Shootout that year.
Pollard and Lagat are backed up by last year's No. 5 man, Andrew Jordan, who clocked 13:55 for 5K as a true freshman. The 4-5 spots will be competitive to pin down, but a mixture of veteran team members like Dan Curts (99th at NCAAs in 2016) and new faces like Liberty transfer Stanley Langat will fill out the scoring positions.
FULL MEN'S RANKINGS HERE