AMES - Despite all of her recent success, Lisa Koll continues to strive for perfection.
The former Fort Dodge prep and Iowa State University track and field standout is coming off a magical sophomore campaign, in which she claimed both the 2008 Big 12 and national 10,000-meter championships for the Cyclones.
Koll also attempted to earn a spot on the national team and a berth in the Olympics, but the women's American collegiate record-holder in the 10K - with a career best time of 32:11 - came up just short in reaching her lifelong dream.
Now, Koll is focused on her promising future.
''I wish I'd have enjoyed my accomplishments more at the time,'' said Koll. ''Reflecting on them makes me realize how far I've come as a runner and person in general over the past couple of years. If I continue to work hard, and stay injury-free, only good things will happen.''
As a result of all her outstanding achievements, Koll was recently recognized as ISU's Female Athlete of the Year.
''It felt pretty special to be honored last week at the (Iowa State) football game,'' Koll said. ''There was a big crowd there rooting for me. A lot of my events are on the road, so it was great to have the whole state of Iowa supporting me.''