Nov. 22, 2010
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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – – University of Iowa sophomore Jeff Thode earned All-America status at Monday’s NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Championships at the LaVern Gibson Championship Course in Terre Haute, Ind. Betsy Flood also represented the Hawkeyes on the women’s side.
Thode became the sixth All-American in men’s school history, finishing 30th out of 246 competitors in the 10,000 meter race. He ran a time of 30:21.4, becoming the Hawkeyes’ first all-American since Stetson Steele in 1998. Thode was one of six Big Ten men’s runners to earn All-America honors. Oklahoma State won the team championship and Samuel Chelanga of Liberty won the individual title with a time of 29:22.2.
Flood competed in the women’s 6,000 meter race. The junior placed 66th out of 253 competitors, running a time of 21:06.2. Villanova won the women’s team championship. They were led by Sheila Reid, who finished first in the event with a time of 20:06.9.
The Hawkeye track and field team opens its season Jan. 8 at the Illinois Open in Champaign, Ill.