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Cyclone is named Big 12 Athlete of the Year

Iowa State's Lisa Koll, after winning one of her races.
Iowa State's Lisa Koll, after winning one of her races.
Photo/ISU Athletics Department

An Iowa State track and cross country runner who never won a state high school title has been named the Big 12 Conference's top female athlete on Friday.

Lisa Koll of Fort Dodge was tabbed Big 12 Conference Female Athlete of the Year for her outstanding season that included three NCAA titles during the 2009-10 academic year.

Ndamukong Suh, Nebraska defensive lineman, was named the male athlete of the year.

Koll won the Honda Award as nation’s top track and field athlete and is one of three finalists for the Broderick Award honoring the premier female student-athlete in the nation.

She is a four-time NCAA champion with three of those wins coming this year (indoor 5,000-meters, outdoor 5,000-meters and 10,000-meters). She also earned All-America honors in cross country with a 12th-place national finish.

Koll set the all-time collegiate record in the 10,000 meters (31:18.07) in March, making her the sixth-fastest performer in U.S. history. She was the Most Outstanding Performer at the Big 12 indoor and outdoor championships after winning the 5,000- and 3,000-meter runs indoors and nabbing the 5,000 and 10,000-meter titles at the outdoor meet.

Her 10,000-meter win marked the first time in Big 12 history that an athlete had won the same event four times. During her collegiate career, Koll earned All-America honors 11 times and won nine Big 12 titles.

A biology graduate from Iowa State's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in only three years (with honors), Koll attended ISU's College of Veterinary Medicine this past year.

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