Recent runner-up finishes boost Cyclones

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Several recent second-place finishes vaulted Iowa State’s athletics program into fourth place of the Big 12 all-sports standings.

Texas, Oklahoma State and Oklahoma currently sit 1-2-3 in the standings with the Cyclones and Baylor completing the first division.

Iowa State’s best-ever finish in the league’s composite performance rankings is fifth, set last year.

The ISU wrestlers became league runners-up over the weekend – joining the women’s swimming and diving team, which did the same last week – based upon its championship finish.

Fred Hoiberg’s basketball team completed its regular season with a 12-6 record in the nation’s toughest conference. The Cyclones tied Oklahoma for second place, its best finish in 14 seasons.

Eleven Big 12 sports have completed their regular seasons in 2014-15 and eight of the ISU teams – men’s & women’s basketball, men’s & women’s cross country, men’s indoor track, women’s swimming & diving, volleyball and wrestling – posted upper division finishes.

Below are the current Big 12 all-sports standings. The number associated with each school is its percentile ranking for its composite program:

Texas – .753
Oklahoma State – .725
Oklahoma – .653
Iowa State – .616
Baylor – .613
Kansas – .536
West Virginia – .507
Kansas State – .480
Texas Tech – .367
TCU – .346

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