OLYMPIC DREAMS: Betsy Saina On Her Way

For the second year in a row Iowa State named Betsy Saina the Female Athlete of the Year.

Senior Saina leaves Iowa State one of the most decorated track and field athletes in Cyclone history.

“This year has been amazing, I had a great indoor season, great cross country and adding a title in the outdoor 10k it’s a lot of achievement. I’ve done this my senior year, I’m so excited.”

Saina is a 3-time NCAA Champion, 11-time All-American with 8 Big 12 titles, and most recently a NCAA titleholder in the 10,000 meter.

Born and raised in her home country of Kenya, Saina moved halfway around the world to Ames in 2009.  She says culture shock is an understatement.

“In Kenya we don’t have winter like here.  There’s a lot of differences.  You need to adjust with the culture.  Need to learn to be in the snow, learn to be with people from different ethnicities, need to learn to speak American English.”

With a storied career over, Saina now turns pro.  World Championship trials in July, and 1 big goal remains.

“I hope to be in the Olympics in 2016, that’s my big goal right now.”

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