McCoy medals in loaded field

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It’s been a good week on the course and on the field for several Iowa State teams and athletes.

Junior Nate McCoy birdied three of his final five holes to earn medalist honors at the VCU Shootout. The West Des Moines native fired an 8-under par 208. He became the first Cyclone to win a major tournament since 2004. McCoy won in a field that included the NCAA’s second- and sixth-ranked players (both from Wake Forest).

Linebacker Jake Knott was named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week after the Cyclones’ shutout of Northern Iowa last week. Knott is the first ISU sophomore to win a league offensive or defensive honor since Todd Blythe in 2005 (vs. Texas A&M). The only other Iowa State sophomore defender to win the league’s weekly award was Reggie Hayward vs. Iowa in 1998.

Another sophomore, Aliphine Tuliamuk, earned the league’s Female Cross Country Runner of the Week award. In her 2010 debut, the native of Kenya placed fourth as an individual in the highly competitive Roy Griak Invitational.

The soccer team defeated Kansas (2-0) last week to open Big 12 play with a victory for the first time in three seasons. All of the goals and assists came from freshmen. Seven of the team’s 11 starters and eight of the 11 players who have scored a point this fall are freshmen.

The women’s golf team, ranked 49th nationally by Golfweek, has placed second (Wolverine Invitational) and fourth (Mary Fossum Invitational) to open the fall season. Punpaka Phuntumabamrung finished sixth and tied for fourth in those tournaments to lead the Cyclones.

Be sure to check cyclones.com later this morning for the future Big 12 football schedule rotation.

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