Three stars shining brightly in the Cyclones’ galaxy

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There are 18 teams in the Iowa State Athletics galaxy, and it includes a number of exceptionally bright individual stars as well.

Betsy Saina – the senior long distance runner from Eldoret, Kenya, enters Saturday’s NCAA Championships as one of the race favorites. Saina, who finished ninth in last year’s national meet, recently won the Big 12 and Midwest Regional championships. Saina will lead the second-ranked Cyclones in their quest to become the first Iowa State sport to win a national championship since 1994.

Kristen Hahn – the Cedar Rapids native has had a monopoly on the Big 12 Libero of the Week Award in volleyball. She won it for the seventh time this season after ISU’s sweep of Oklahoma. That total equals the league record for awards in a season. Hahn has won 11 weekly awards from the conference in her career, just four shy of the all-time mark. And, she is only a junior.

Scott Fernandez – the sophomore golfer from Granada, Spain, had a remarkable fall. He played in three tournaments and finished second (twice) and third (once). His fall scoring average is one-tenth of a stroke behind the school record set by Nate McCoy last year. Fernandez’ amazing fall left him as the 11th-ranked collegiate player in the nation by Golfweek and Golfstat. That’s the highest rank ever for a Cyclone.

The spotlight doesn’t shine on the runners, volleyball players and golfers like it should. But, we need to celebrate the achievements of Saina, Hahn and Fernandez. The trio has been stellar and each will have more opportunities to shine in 2012.

Reader feedback is welcome at 2minutetimeout@iastate.edu. You can also follow me on Twitter at twitter.com/SteveMalchow

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