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How Iowa wrapped up Cy-Hawk Series
May 3, 2013 - Andy Heintz
The Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series dates back to 2004 and tracks the athletic performance of head-to-head matchups with the Hawkeyes and Cyclones. A point also is given to overall academic achievement.
This year’s winner in the series is the Iowa Hawkeyes, which gives them five in the nine-year span.
Since the 2004-05 season, the title has shifted sides each year with Iowa winning the first championship and the most recent head-to-head matchup.
After Iowa State won four of the first five events – including football and volleyball – Iowa closed the series with seven straight victories – including two basketball wins and a wrestling victory.
Iowa currently leads 16-9 with only the academic portion of the contest still to be scored.
The other two wins for Iowa State this year came in men’s and women’s cross country. Iowa’s seven straight wins came from men’s and women’s basketball, wrestling, women’s swimming, women’s tennis, women’s gymnastics and softball.
The Hawkeyes wrapped up the title with a win in women’s gymnastics in early March and then put an exclamation point on the win after an 8-3 win in softball earlier this week.
The Iowa softball team has beaten Iowa State in nine of the past 12 seasons. The key to the series has been the team who plays more games at home. Iowa had seven home events this year and won all but one of those as the Iowa football team lost at Kinnick Stadium this past season.
However, Iowa’s women’s soccer team and women’s tennis team won in Ames, too.
The most lopsided win in the series came in 2008-09 when Iowa beat Iowa State 21-4. Iowa State won last year’s battle 17-11 after earning wins in football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball all in Ames.
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