Former ISU distance and cross-country star Betsy Saina finished fifth in the 10,000-meter race Friday at the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
Saina finished with a time of 30 minutes and 7.78 seconds, just less than a minute slower than first-place finisher Almaz Ayana of Ethiopia, who broke a world record with her 29:17.45 time.
Saina, a native of Kenya, was a three-time NCAA Cross Country Champion (2010, 2011, 2012) for Iowa State and won the NCAA Indoor Championship in the 5,000-meter race in 2012. She added an NCAA Outdoor Championship in the 10,000-meter race in 2013.
In the Kenyan Olympic Trials on June 30, Saina finished second with a 30:07.78 time.
There is still one more former ISU runner to go in the Rio Olympics. Hillary Bor, who is running for the United States, will compete in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at 8:25 a.m. Monday.