All-America status was one of the few honors and awards that had eluded Drake University senior Reed Fischer (Minnetonka, Minn.) heading into the first day of the NCAA Track & Field Championships. However, after 25 laps around the oval at Oregon’s historic Hayward Field, Fischer added the title of All-American to his resume with a ninth-place finish in the 10,000 meters.
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Fischer moved into the lead pack of the 24-runner field after the first 2,000 meters and held that position to finish in 29:10.76. He was less than two-tenths of a second out of eighth place and just nine seconds off the winning pace set by Tulsa’s Mark Scott as the top 10 finishers all crossed the line within 10 seconds of each other.
With 2,000 meters left in the race, Fischer moved into fourth place and was less than half a second behind the leader. He clocked his fastest 400-meter split of the race in the final lap, but the leaders posted 55-second splits in the final 400 meters to distance themselves from any challengers.
Collecting All-America honors adds to Fischer’s burgeoning legacy as a Bulldog after earning a total of four Missouri Valley Conference titles this season while setting three school records and claiming a Drake Relays championship. In his career, he is a three-time NCAA qualifier, a three-time all-region selection and a seven-time All-MVC selection. Last season, Fischer finished 17th in the same event at the NCAA Track & Field Championships.
A recent Drake University graduate, Fischer is equally decorated in the classroom. Fischer was the MVC Cross Country Elite 18 Award winner and a CoSIDA Academic All-District honoree while garnering multiple USTFCCCA All-Academic accolades. An English/public relations major with a 3.81 grade point average, Fischer has been nominated for the Oreon E. Scott Award, given to the top senior at Drake University. He has collected a total of six MVC Scholar-Athlete Team selections and been named the MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week 10 times in his career.