The Iowa State cross country/track and field program made 10 additions during the Fall signing period over the past month, director of Men’s and Women’s Track and Cross Country Martin Smith announced on Monday.
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Chase McAlister – Lake City, Iowa
McCalister joins the Cyclones from South Central Calhoun High School, where he was the Class 2A runner-up at 800 meters in a personal best 1:56.51. He also qualified for the 2018 state meet in the 400-meter dash and in the sprint medley relay and distance medley relay, the later of which he helped SCCHS finish third.
McAlister is a four-sport star, as he adds to his track and field accomplishments with all-district honors in football and baseball and a sections qualifier in wrestling.
Matthew Meinke – Neenah, Wisconsin
Meinke, ranked No. 20 on the MileSplit 50, has posted consecutive third-place finishes at the WIAA Division 1 Cross Country State Championships, the latter of which helped lead his Neehan squad to a state title.
A two-time Fox Valley Association cross country champion, Meinke finished second at 3,200 in a PR of 9:06.62 at the track and field state championships last season before taking sixth in the 5,000 at New Balance Nationals. Meinke boasts a PR of 14:50.10 at 5K.
Chase Mullenix – Atlantic, Iowa
Mullenix was one of the stars of the Iowa State Track & Field Championships this past spring, racking up four state titles for Atlantic, including the 800-meters which he got in a personal best 1:55.38.
Mullenix, whose parents both ran track at UNI, played five sports in high school. Along with track, he has earned All-State honors in football, All-Conference honors in baseball and basketball and is a member of Atlantic’s wrestling team.
Joe Schaefer – Johnston, Iowa
Schaefer racked up three top-five finishes at the 2018 Iowa High School State Track meet, finishing fourth in the Class 4A 800 at 1:54.55. A couple of weeks after wrapping up his season with the Dragons, Schaefer finished eighth in the 800 at the Festival of Miles in St. Louis.
Tim Sindt – Ankeny, Iowa
Sindt is the champion of the past two Iowa High School Class 4A state championships, including an undefeated senior campaign. Sindt’s outstanding final season at Ankeny included him breaking Iowa’s all-time mark for a 5K cross country run, going 14:51.50 at Ankeny Centennial on Oct. 4.
On the track, Sindt finished second at 1,600m (4:18.70) and third at 3,200m (9:19.38) with a pair of personal bests at the Class 4A state championships back in May.
Bria Barnes – Elkins Park, Pennsylvania
Barnes is a state champion sprinter for Cheltenham High School, where she was a member of CHS’ state title winning 4x100m relay last season. She also picked up a Penn Relays title as part of the 4×100 squad.
Injuries prevented Barnes from showing her strength in the hurdles last season, as she boasts a personal best of 1:00.48 from her sophomore track season in the 400-meter hurdles.
Grace Dickel – Minneapolis, Minnesota
Dickel wrapped up her senior cross country season with a sixth place finish at the Minnesota State Cross Country Championships, and spending the entirety of her senior campaign ranked No. 6 in the Class AA rankings.
On the track, Dickel finished third at 3,200m at the Minnesota High School State Championships as a junior, clocking a personal best 10:48.28 in the process.
Dana Feyen – Galesville, Wisconsin
Feyen has had a decorated prep career at Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau High School. Her senior season of cross country saw her finish second at the State XC Meet, and win the state titles in 2016 and 2017. She was a four-time conference and sectional champion in XC.
On the track, Feyen is the two-time defending state champion at 3,200m (PR: 10:36.06) and won the 1,600m (PR: 5:00.20) after finishing second as a junior and third as a sophomore. She has five conference titles across 1,600/3,200m.
Madelynn Hill – Liberty, Missouri
Hill wrapped up her junior season of track and field with a pair of fifth place finishes at 800m (2:15.83) and 1,600m (5:05.45), and a third place finish leading off the 4x400m relay at the state championships. She also won her conference titles at those distances, plus 3,200m (11:21.63).
At the Festival of Miles to close out her season, she went under five minutes in the mile, clocking in at 4:57.49.
Janette Schraft – Malvern, Iowa
Schraft, now at Glenwood after spending her first three high school seasons at East Mills, began her tenure with the Rams in the Fall by claiming the 3A cross country state championship.
At East Mills, Schraft racked up seven state titles on the track, including 2018’s Class 1A crowns at 800, 1,500 and the 400 hurdles. In the summer, Schraft won the USATF Junior Olympics crown for the 17-18 Division 2,000-meter steeplechase.
UNI track and field head coach Dave Paulson announced the addition of Diavonte Smith to the UNI coaching staff where he will coach sprints and hurdles.
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Junior Laulauga Tausaga opened the University of Iowa track and field indoor season with a school record and win in the weight throw (20.19m, 66′ 3″), and junior Antonio Woodard set the UI Rec Building record to win the 300 meters (32.89) at the Jimmy Grant Invitational on Saturday.
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“Lauga seems to break the school record in every meet,” Iowa head coach Joey Woodysaid. “She’s keeping the same trend going as she did last year. She’s one of the biggest leaders on the team, not just with her performances, but she’s also a great leader, very charismatic person. It’s fun to see her have some success.
“Then seeing Antonio go out and have a great meet today, he’s a guy that continues to work hard and is dedicated and focused on training, and taking care of his body. It was fun to watch him run back-to-back 60 meters and come back to break the track record.”
The event was the first December competition that the Hawkeyes have hosted, and success was around every turn.
“It was a long day, but it was fun,” Woody said. “This is the first time we’ve ever had the Jimmy Grant Invitational. It’s exciting to honor our former coach Jimmy Grant. We came away with some great performances.”
Tausaga and Woodard added two more wins in the shot put (16.46m, 54′ 0″) and 60 meters (6.88), respectively.
“I know there is a lot more in the tank,” Tausaga said. “Practices have been going very well, and Coach [Eric Werskey] wanted us to start off like we never ended the last season. To come out, PR, and break the school record was amazing and it just sets me up for some damage that can help the team.”
Woodard added similar thoughts.
“I can’t complain, it was a pretty good day,” he said. “I was a little tired going into the 300 meters, but I was like ‘I’m just going to lay it all out there and forget about what I’m feeling right now. This is bigger than what I’m feeling right now. This is the home track. Everyone’s watching.’ I wanted to do what I could and make my team and coaches proud.”
Eight more Hawkeyes earned wins, including Jenny Kimbro with the third fastest 60-meter hurdles time (8.34) in Iowa history, Reno Tuufuli in the shot put (18. 04m, 59′ 2 1/4″), Taylor Arco (1:32.82) and Mar’yea Harris (1:18.77) in the men’s and women’s 600 meters, Daneisha Woodside in the 500 meters (1:17.03), Antonise Christian in the 60 meters (7.64), and James Carter (14.53m, 47′ 8″) and Hannah Schlib (12.10m, 39′ 8 1/2″) in the triple jump.
The 1,600-meter relay teams including Raymund Clarke, Austin Leitz, Tyler Olson, and Mar’yea Harris (3:13.34) for the men, and Payton Wensel, Daneisha Woodside, Mariel Bruxvoort, and Aly Weum (3:47.73) added two more wins for Iowa.
“We expect to compete at a high level, especially when we’re at home,” Woody said. “We want to win every race. It doesn’t matter if it’s heat one, two, three or four. I just want my athletes, when they’re going head-to-head, to win their event, win their heat, their flight, or whatever because that’s how they are going to continue to grow.”
The success continued for the team with nine Hawkeyes setting career bests. Tausaga, Arco and Kimbro’s wins in the weight throw, 600 meters, and 60-meter hurdles earned their top marks. Additional career bests came from Josh Braverman in the 60-meter hurdles, Tia Saunders (1:33.30), Alexis Gay (1:37.72), Lindsay Welker (1:38.57), and Matt Manternach (1:18.79) in the 600 meters, and Macie Weber in the 1,000 meters (3:00.83).
The Hawkeyes return to the UI Rec Building January 11-12 to host the Hawkeye Invitational.
It may be four months until the 2019 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, but Central College junior Will Daniels is primed and ready to repeat as the heptathlon national champion after setting a new school record at the Doane College (Neb.) Happy Holidays Multi-Event.
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Tallying up 5,423 points across the seven-discipline competition, Daniels not only exceeded the school record, he also recorded the No. 3 mark ever in Division III. Distancing himself by 471 points over the second-place finisher, Daniels was the meet champion.
“I’m sure he’s happy about the school record,” associate head coach Jim Fuller said. “It’s Will’s first school record. He’s solidly in the national meet, we won’t have to think about it the rest of the indoor season.”
In the pole vault, he cleared 14 feet, 1.25 inches. That effort matches his career-best effort from the outdoor season and is a foot better than anything he ever has done indoors.
“He got on the same pole as he did at last year’s outdoor national meet when he jumped that high before, but he didn’t need a 20-mph tailwind,” Fuller said. “I was happy with the way he vaulted.”
In the 60-meter hurdles, he finished in 8.70 seconds while he completed the 1,000-meter run in 2 minutes, 57.89 seconds.
“It was his third or fourth best hurdle time, but he ran more under control and a little more precise than he has in the past,” Fuller said. “The 1,000 is not his strongest event, but he did okay. The whole field went out slow, but Will finished really well.”
H.S. Kuyper Fieldhouse on Central’s campus is the site of the Dutch Holiday Preview next Saturday, starting at 10 a.m. with field events.
Emma Bates ran away from her competition early Sunday morning in Sacramento, while Brogan Austin surprised the field with a furious finish, as the duo won the women’s and men’s title at the USATF Marathon Championships.
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The 2018 USATF Marathon Championships, hosted by the California International Marathon, are the tenth and final stop of the USATF Running Circuit season.
From the early miles Sunday, Bates set her pace and every other runner in the field decided to let the former NCAA champion go ahead.
Through the first 10 km, Bates established a 20 second lead, well ahead of the pack, while Bruce, Crouch, Krifchin and Lauren Masterson all ran together, 30 seconds up on the second chase pack.
With her victory, Bates passed Sara Hall for the lead of the USATF Running Circuit overall standings. Adding a whopping 37.5 points to her point total, Bates easily claimed the overall circuit title with 96.5 points, while Bruce’s effort added another 30 points to her total, giving her 60 points, moving her into third place overall.
Similar to Bates, Matt Llano would push the pace early on the men’s side, building a tremendous lead that looked at one point to be insurmountable. In the first 20 km, Llano built up a nearly one minute lead over the field, while looking strong and in control. Veteran Sergio Reyes and Wilkerson Given would give chase, putting themselves up 30 seconds on the large chase pack, which consisted of 20 men.
Over the next 5 km, Llano’s lead would continue to grow. Given and Reyes maintained their 2-3 positions, while the chase pack started to shake out a bit but still held more than 10 men in the pack.
By 35 km, Llano had a minute lead over Reyes, who dropped Given and the chase pack of ten men followed a minute behind him. With such little real estate left in the race, it seemed as though Llano was going to run away to a big win with a great time.
But then things started to shift. Llano started to slow and the large chase pack started to drive to the finish. Austin shot to the front of the group and hammered his way up to Reyes. Once he caught Reyes, his sight was set on Llano, a surprise to those watching along the streets of Sacramento and at home on USATF.TV.
With only a half mile to go, Austin continued to charge. Stride by stride Llano would lose his lead and Brogan could sense time was running out, one last push had to be made.
Shifting into one final gear, Austin passed Llano, and frantically ran through the line, crossing the finish victoriously in one of the finest finishes of the year for an American distance runner. The former Drake University runner finished in 2:12:38, while Llano had to settle for second in 2:12:59, having made the race and taken a calculated risk early that nearly paid off.
The chase pack continued to roll behind Austin and Llano, as a large group of runners worked together much of the way. ZAP Fitness Reebok teammates Josh Izewski and Joseph Stilin placed third and fourth in fantastic times of 2:13:14 and 2:13:19, putting a gap on fifth place Brendan Gregg of the Hansons-Brooks Distance Project over the final mile. Gregg would finish fifth in 2:13:26.
Brian Shrader took home sixth in 2:13:38, while 2017 fourth place finisher Anthony Costales earned another top ten performance in seventh with a mark of 2:13:28. Mick Iacofano finished eighth in 2:13:46, while Martin Hehir and Jarrett LeBlanc placed ninth and tenth, each crossing the finish in 2:13:49.
Nathan Mylenek ran in high school to stay in shape for soccer. He will run Saturday to become a collegiate All-American.
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Mylenek, a junior from Clarkston, Michigan, is the first University of Iowa men’s cross country runner to qualify for the NCAA Championships since Jeff Thode in 2011. He did so by finishing third at the NCAA Midwest Regional on Nov. 9 in Peoria, Illinois, the best placing by a Hawkeye since Micah VanDened won in 2006.
In other words, Mylenek has come a long way since his prep days as a soccer player running for fitness.
“I would love to be an All-American,” he said. “If the race runs right and I’m feeling good, I think the top 40 is reasonable. But this meet is elite. If I could crack the top 100, that would be impressive.”
Then Mylenek quickly offered a disclaimer.
“I don’t race to be top 100, I want to win,” he said. “I will put myself into position to win whether or not I have a shot.”
The evolution of Mylenek as an elite Division I distance runner is remarkable. Primarily a soccer player at Pontiac Notre Dame High School, his final three seasons he joined the cross country team once soccer season ended. Still, in three trips to the Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 2 state championships, he had finishes of 21st, fifth, and third.
“My senior year I was doing a double sport, so they moved the soccer times,” Mylenek said. “I would run after school, have an hour break, and then go to soccer practice. I did that for an entire year and it was awesome.”
In the summer of 2015, before his senior year of high school, Mylenek competed in AAU track and field meets. The steeplechase was an option, so in typical Mylenek fashion he thought, why not? He became a Junior Olympic All-American in the 1,500-meter run and the 2,000 steeplechase.
Mylenek, who began his career at Iowa as a walk-on, really broke through in running circles during his sophomore season at Iowa in 2017-18. He was the top Hawkeye in five of six cross country competitions and set the school 10K cross country record of 29:53.15 at the Midwest Regional in Ames, Iowa. At the Big Ten Outdoor Track & Field Championships in May, Mylenek finished third in the 3,000 steeplechase and fifth in the 5,000 run.
He hasn’t slowed since.
Mylenek led the Hawkeyes in the three most recent races this fall: Wisconsin Pre-Nationals, Big Ten, and Midwest Regional.
Typically not one to fret before a race, Mylenek admitted to having a few butterflies at regionals until he stepped to the starting line.
“Normally I’m never nervous or worried,” he said. “So when the starter blew the whistle, I put my toe on the line and I was ready.”
Mylenek and Iowa head coach Randy Hasenbank anticipated a slower pace because of cool temperatures and a muddy course. They were right. Mylenek led the first half of the 10 kilometer race and stayed within striking distance, even after Iowa State junior Edwin Kurgat and Oklahoma State freshman Isai Rodriquez passed.
“What he did the other day was pretty difficult because he is used to doing short, fast stuff — miles and steeplechase, where you have to be aggressive,” Hasenbank said. “To see him execute 10,000 meters with a couple of the best guys in the entire country was exciting to watch.
“We talk about developing your skillset as a distance runner. When you step on the line, you like to believe that your tool kit is as good as anyone’s. You’re the fastest 800 guy, you’re pretty solid at 10,000 meters, and your specialty is somewhere in between.”
Only six Hawkeyes have run to All-America status in cross country. The first was Deacon Jones in 1957 and the most recent was Thode in 2010. Former coach Larry Wieczorek (1966-67) and Kevin Herd (1992-93) did it twice.
The men’s 10K at the NCAA Championships begins Saturday at 11:45 a.m. (CT) on the Zimmer Championship Course in Madison, Wisconsin. Runners who finish in the top 40 earn All-America accolades.
“I’m hoping we run through 5K at a good clip and then that’s when the race really starts,” Mylenek said. “If that happens, I think I have a good shot to do what I want to do…if not better.”
Every year around this time, members of the ISU family pause to remember the events surrounding the 1985 NCAA National Cross Country Championships. What should have been a time of joy, success and love, turned into a tragic day that shocked anyone connected with collegiate cross country and the Cyclone Community. It was a day when we lost so much.
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In 2016, Next Level Iowa sat down with Tami Prescott, a member of that 1985 team, and we talked about the people and the events of that tragic day. Here is that interview with Tami Prescott recorded November 20, 2015
(interview begins at 1:00 in)
Representing the state of Iowa at the D3 Cross Country Championships at UW Osh Kosh Saturday will be:
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- Wartburg Men and Women
- Alec Bass-University of Dubuque
- Mason Wicker, Cuyler Gabriel and Austin Bach-Cornell
- Kassie Rosenbum-Loras
- Miranda Kruiswyk-Central
Complete list of D3 qualifiers:
In the D1 Championships, also Saturday, in Madison, Wisconsin.
- Iowa State Men and Women
- Nathan Mylenek-Iowa
Full list of D1 qualifiers:
In the women’s championship, junior Esther Gitahi led the Tide with a 29th-place finish in 21:16.7 over the 6,000-meter course. Fellow juniors McKenzie Yanek (21:33.4) and Rebecca Buteau (21:42.0) finished 39th and 50th, respectively, while senior Nicole Gardner (21:45.9) finished 54th and sophomore Maddie Dearborn finished 72nd in 22:11.7 to round out the scoring for UA.
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“We ran a fantastic race today,” women’s distance coach Will Palmer said. “We showed a lot of fight and executed our game plan. It was good to finish strong and move up a couple of team places over the last 2,000 meters. It’s exciting to end the season that way. We kept fighting and ran as a team. That’s a good lesson to take into the offseason.”
Alabama finished eighth as a team in the women’s meet. Florida State and Florida finished 1-2 to qualify for the NCAA Championships.
NCAA South Regional
Friday, Nov. 9, 2018
Apalachee Regional Park
Host: Florida State University
Women’s 6,000 Meters Team Results
1. Florida State (60)
2. Florida (54)
3. Ole Miss (87)
4. Georgia Tech (144)
5. Georgia (165)
6. Vanderbilt (183)
7. Tennessee (221)
8. ALABAMA (231)
Alabama Individual Women’s Results
29. Esther Gitahi, 21:16.7
39. McKenzie Yanek, 21:33.4
50. Rebecca Buteau, 21:42.0
54. Nicole Gardner, 21:45.9
72. Maddie Dearborn, 22:11.7
120. Megan Patton, 23:07.0
The No. 15 Iowa State women’s cross country team cruised to its third NCAA Midwest Regional title in a row, and its seventh in the last eight seasons. The Cyclones tallied 78 team points, which was 62 points better than second-place Oklahoma State (140).
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With their victory, the Cyclones have qualified for the NCAA Championships in Madison, Wisc., next Saturday, Nov. 17.
Individual Big 12 Champion, Cailie Logue, added to her hardware today. Logue was the individual Midwest Regional Champion with a 6k time of 20:13.5. Logue was at the front of the pack all day before jumping out to the lead in the last 1k.
Joining Logue in earning All-Region honors were Anne Frisbie and Amanda Vestri. Frisbie and Vestri were in that lead pack with Logue. Frisbie finished with a time of 20:29.1 for sixth place and Vestri finished in 20:53.7 for 12th.
Head coach Amy Rudolph received an outstanding performance from senior Abby Caldwell. After being in 75th place at the 2k mark, Caldwell fought her way up, finishing just outside of All-Region contention with a 27th place finish in 21:17.6.
Kelly Naumann, Karly Ackley and Larkin Chapman rounded out the Cyclone Regional lineup. Naumann finished 32nd in 21:23.8, Ackley took 57th with a time of 21:38.2 and Chapman posted a 58th-place finish with a time of 21:38.3.
It was a clean sweep for Iowa State. On the men’s side, Edwin Kurgat claimed the individual title while leading the men’s team to back-to-back Midwest Regional team championships.
Iowa State is off to the NCAA Championships. The women’s race will begin at 11 a.m. CT next Saturday from Madison, Wisc.
Team Results (Top-Five)
1. Iowa State, 78
2. Oklahoma State, 140
3. Minnesota, 185
4. Illinois, 203
5. Northwestern, 205
1. Cailie Logue, 20:13.5
6. Anne Frisbie, 20:29.1
12. Amanda Vestri, 20:53.7
27. Abby Caldwell, 21:17.6
32. Kelly Naumann, 21:23.8
57. Karly Ackley, 21:38.2
58. Larkin Chapman, 21:38.3
The No. 6 Iowa State men’s cross country team successfully defended its NCAA Midwest Regional title on Friday. The Cyclone men were nothing short of dominant, scoring 38 team points, which was 64 points better than second-place Bradley, who hosted the event.
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With their victory, the Cyclones have qualified for the NCAA Championships in Madison, Wisc., next Saturday, Nov. 17.
Big 12 Champion Edwin Kurgat picked up right where he left off at the conference championship. Kurgat was patient in finding the lead, but once he did, he would not relinquish it. Kurgat led the final 3k of the race. He finished with a 10k time of 30:41.6 to claim the individual Midwest Regional crown.
In total, the Cyclones placed six runners on the All-Region medal stand, with Kurgat leading the way.
Andrew Jordan and Dan Curts were neck and neck as they crossed the finished line. Ultimately, Jordan would edge Curts, finishing 6th in 31:03.4 Curts took 7th in 31:03.6. With their finishes, Jordan and Curts were awarded as All-Region performers
Chad Johnson and Milo Greder were next across the finish line for the Cyclones. Johnson, who is just a freshman, finished 11th individually in 31:12.5. Greder finished just behind Johnson in 13th with a time of 31:17.3. Both were All-Region performers.
ISU’s final runner to cross the finish line in the top-25 to earn All-Region honors was John Nownes. Nownes finished 21st in a time of 31:23.1.
It was a clean sweep for the Iowa State cross country programs. Cailie Logue raced to the women’s individual title, while the women secured their third Midwest Region championship in a row, and there seventh in the last eight seasons.
Iowa State is off to the NCAA Championships. The men’s race will begin at noon CT next Saturday from Madison, Wisc.
Team Results (Top-Five)
1. Iowa State, 38
2. Bradley, 102
3. Tulsa, 107
4. Oklahoma State, 124
5. Minnesota, 173
Senior cross country runner Trey Thompson has helped the Storm get to the front of the pack in the championship season. Placing sixth out of 175 runners, Thompson earned the first all-conference honors of his career and he helped the Storm place fifth overall at the American Rivers Conference Championships.
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Thompson graduated from Ogden High School, where he ran on the cross country team. He decided to come to Simpson after taking a visit and having a great recruiting experience with head Coach Heath Moenck. Thompson, who is a mathematics major and secondary education minor, knew he was also coming to a school with strong programs he was interested in.
“When I went on an overnight visit in November, I really bonded with the team members and got along with all the team members,” Thompson said.
When Thompson was a freshman at Simpson, the regional team the year before returned every member. Thompson came in wanting to be at the top of the junior varsity team with that knowledge in mind—but by the end of the year, he was the third runner on the varsity team.
“The first year, I did not expect to be on varsity,” Thompson said, “When we had our first race freshman year, and I was the fifth runner, taking out some of the seniors in the roster. The whole year, I kept moving up and ended the year third on the team.”
Thompson had to keep working hard going into the next year, since he was No. 3 on the team.
“My sophomore year, I was already the third runner, and the first was a senior and junior. They end up becoming my best friends, and we were all trained together that summer,” he said.
“It was our goal to change the culture of the team to be a winning team. In the past we were a team that was all in the middle of the pack, not at the top as a team.”
Thompson also continued his personal success right away his sophomore year by winning the home meet. He said the experience he gained during his freshman year helped him know what to expect going in to his second year.
“Also, I changed my race strategy to run harder and having the coaches to help me out a lot with that,” he added.
Now in his senior year, Thompson is the No. 1 runner for the Storm and one of the top runners in the conference.
“I think a lot of that is how in cross country, seniority is a big deal and making sure every single year you get better, since it is always senior heavy on the top,” Thompson said. “As everyone graduated, I waited my turn and moved up every year, and got aerobic running training under your legs and your lungs.”
An important part of Thompson’s training was not expecting too much out of himself right away. He said his goal freshman year was to be one of the top freshman and so on for every consecutive year.
“So when I get to senior year, I am the top runner, or at least try to be,” Thompson said. “I like that philosophy a lot, to work at your level and just keep everyone behind you and stay at your level working up.”
Thompson said he has not had a flawless running career but has been able to deal with his failures and not let them affect him negatively.
“You need failures to be successful,” he said. “Everyone thinks that is has been all success, since I came from a small school, but I have had failures before I was successful each time. I have had great senior leaders every year and I was able to fail behind them succeeding and saw what they did to ad on and make myself better.”
Leaving a different team then what he joined, Thompson will leave a lasting legacy on the team.
“I hope that I left the team full of hard workers that love to run. When I was younger, there were a lot of self-centered people that only really had personal goals and starting last year, we had big team goals, and everyone had team goals in the beginning,” Thompson said.
On Nov. 10, the team will travel to Waverly to compete in the regional meet.
“My personal goal is to qualify for nationals,” Thompson said. “For the team, we want to get as low as possible in the rankings, be in the top ninth to better our last year finish of 10.”
Gophers Bethany Hasz and Megan Haszearned All-Big Ten honors and Elyse Prescott was named Minnesota’s B1G Sportsmanship Award recipient as the Big Ten Conference announced its individual award recipients and sportsmanship honorees on Tuesday after Sunday’s Big Ten Cross Country Championship.
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B. Hasz earned a place on the All-Big Ten First Team after leading the Gophers at the B1G Championship with a fifth-place finish, marking the highest Big Ten finish of her career after she placed 10th a year ago and was 20th as a freshman in 2016. She posted a career-best 6K time of 20:14.1 to move into fourth on Minnesota’s all-time 6K performers list.
Meanwhile, M. Hasz clocked a season-best time of 20:30.5 to finish 12th overall and earn her third All-Big Ten cross country award of her career with a place on this year’s second team.
The Big Ten Conference has also announced that Michigan head coach Mike McGuire has been named Big Ten Coach of the Year and Wolverine rookie Anne Forsyth was tabbed Big Ten Freshman of the Year. The Big Ten Cross Country Athlete of the Year will be announced on Tuesday, Nov. 20, following the NCAA Championship.
Prescott was named one of 14 Big Ten Sportsmanship Award honorees as well. The students chosen are individuals who have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. These students must also be in good academic standing and have demonstrated good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting.
Before beginning the NCAA postseason at the NCAA Midwest Regional (Nov. 9), Minnesota wraps up the regular season by hosting Rocky’s Run at Les Bolstad Course this Sunday, Nov. 4. The open 6K race begins at 10:30 a.m. CT. The race is open to the public with a registration fee of $10 and online registration is available now.
UNI junior Wal Khat finished eighth and sophomore McKayla Colefinished 12th to lead both teams to fifth-place finishes at the Missouri Valley Conference Championship at the Newman Golf Course Saturday.
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Khat finished with a time of 24:24.2, his fastest time of the season by more than 30 seconds. He was with the leaders for most of the race before the top finishers pulled away over the final two kilometers. He earned all-conference honors for his efforts.
Alex Jackson was second for the Panthers at 26th with a time of 25:20.49, CJ Maywas 30th at 25:39.82, Drake Henrichs finished 37th with a time of 25:50.71 and Logan Murray closed the scoring for the Panthers at 38th with a time of 25:53.56.
UNI finished with an average time of 25:24 and a spread of 1:29. The Panthers closed with 136 points which tied Southern Illinois in points, but UNI won the tiebreaker.
On the women’s side, Cole finished with a time of 17:45.4, the fastest time of her career. She was named All-Conference Honorable Mention.
Gabby Champion also put up a career-best with a time of 18:01.9 to finish 19th place overall. Tess Roorda was 23rd with a time of 18:13.9, Alyssa Williamsfinished 27th with a time of 18:18.7 and Gabby Skopec closed the scoring with a time of 18:24.9.
As a team, the Panthers closed with an average of 18:08 and a spread of 0:39. UNI closed with 111 points just four spots back of fourth-place Indiana State.
The Panthers now prepare for the NCAA Regional Meet which will take place on the same course as Saturday’s meet on Nov. 9.
University of Iowa junior Nathan Mylenek led the men’s cross country team to a sixth-place finish Sunday at the 2018 Big Ten Championships. Mylenek placed 11th overall (24:00.5) in the 8,000 meters, earning second team all-conference honors and leading the Hawkeyes to their best finish since 2009.
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The women placed ninth in the 6,000 meters, their highest finish since 2011. Senior Andrea Shine led the women, placing 15th overall in a career best 20:35.4.
QUOTING COACH HASENBANK
“A wonderful performance by the men’s team today. Two years ago this group was dead last in the Big Ten. I am very proud of how they competed. Nate [Mylenek] got us going up front with an 11th-place finish, and then the rest of the squad competed like warriors. We wanted to get out and establish ourselves early, and we did that today.
“I am so proud of Dan Soto’s performance. This is a guy who came off a great summer of training, led the squad most of the season, and his IT band flared up on him. I felt terrible for him. Fantastic effort considering he has not run since Wednesday. Many, many athletes would not have gone to the line with this type of adversity. He is a team player in every sense of the word.”
“This was the women’s best finish since 2011 and the men’s best finish since 2009. It is a great marker for how far we have come in just two years. Behind Andie [Shine] and Megan [Schott], we had four freshman across the line. If you look at the clock, you will see that this group improved dramatically from our meet here early in the season.
“What can I say about Andie, 82nd in this meet as a freshman, 66th as a sophomore, 29th last year and now 15th. What a career and what a great message to send to our young team. Her determination has built her into a championship runner. She tried to win the race today and showed tremendous courage. She is quite a story.”
Mylenek improved by 17 places from the 2017 Big Ten Championships, when he placed 28th.
Eight of the men’s nine competitors recorded career best 8,000-meter times, including Mylenek (24:00.5), Brandon Cooley (24:36.9), Ian Eklin (24:58.7), Noah Healy (25:24.5), Bailey Hesse-Withbroe (25:05.2), Daniel Murphy (24:37.0), Spencer Smith (24:59.8), and Karson Sommer (24:40.5).
Shine improved 14 spots from the 2017 Big Ten Championships, placing 15th in 2018.
On the women’s side, four Hawkeyes set 6,000 meters personal bests, including Shine (20:35.4), Ashley Bryja (22:35.3), Kylie Latham (22:52.8), and Jessica McKee(22:11.5).
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Women’s 6,000 Meters Results
Andrea Shine, 15th, 20:35.4
Megan Schott 41st, 21:16.8
Anna Hostetler, 50th, 21:33.9
Grace McCabe, 67th, 21:59.8
Jessica McKee, 74th, 22:11.5
Jordan Winke, 79th, 22:13.8
Ashley Bryja, 89th, 22:35.3
Kylie Latham, 98th, 22:52. 8
Macie Weber, 122nd, 24:15.1
Men’s 8,000 Meters Results
Nathan Mylenek, 11th, 24:00.5
Daniel Soto, 32nd, 24:33.6
Brandon Cooley, 35th, 24:36.9
Daniel Murphy, 36th, 24:37.0
Karson Sommer, 39th, 24:40.5
Ian Eklin, 52nd, 24:58.7
Spencer Smith, 54th, 24:59.8
Bailey Hesse-Withbroe, 60th, 25:05.2
Noah Healy, 75th, 25:24.5