Another benchmark barrier surpassed by Cyclones

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Iowa State Athletics has broken through another barrier.

The Cyclones reached the first division of the Big 12 All-Sports rankings for the first time in program history.

ISU was fifth in the 2013-14 standings, trailing Texas, Oklahoma State, Baylor and Oklahoma. The Cyclone women’s cross country team was league champion for the third season in a row.

The fifth-place overall finish marked the third year in a row that Iowa State jumped two spots in the cumulative all-sport standings. Thirteen of ISU’s 18 sports finished in the upper division of the team standings.

In the 18-year history of the Big 12, the Cyclones average finish in the conference all-sports ranking has been 10th. ISU finished last in the standings seven times in an eight-year period (2002-09) before registering marks of 8th, 9th, 9th, 7th and 5th the last five years.

It’s been a steady climb for Iowa State and the accolades should be given to the hundreds of student-athletes and staff, who have made it all happen.

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