University of Iowa senior Nathan Mylenek placed 10th in the men’s 8,000 meters to earn second-team all-conference honors Sunday at the 2019 Big Ten Championship at the Ohio State University Golf Club. The Hawkeye men recorded a 10th place finish with 224 points. The Iowa women placed ninth with 273 points.
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Michigan State clenched the women’s Big Ten Championship title. The Spartans finished with 56 points. The men’s title was won for the second straight year by Wisconsin. The Badgers finished with 56 points.
For the Iowa women, freshman Leah Kralovetz was the top finisher, placing 42nd with a new career best (21:16) in the 6,000 meters. Junior Elyse Prescottalso set a new personal best (21:28) with a 56th place finish.
Mylenek earned second-team All-Big Ten honors for the second straight season, finishing in 24:16. Mylenek jumped up one spot from his 2018 Big Ten Championship finish. Sophomore Konnor Sommer set a new personal best (25:29) in the 8,000 meters.
QUOTING COACH RANDY HASENBANK
“Really excited and happy for Nate. He has matured and continues to get better in championship meets. He was 97th as a freshman in this meet. 11th last year and now 10th. Nate is quietly becoming one of the most decorated distance runners in Iowa’s history, very proud of him.”
“On the men’s side overall, huge disappointment. To this point we had put together a nice season and had high expectations for this Big Ten meet. We need to move forward and get ready for the NCAA regional competition”
“Overall, I thought the women had a very solid meet, perhaps their best meet of the season. A ninth place finish behind 8 nationally ranked teams. We had a nice run by freshman Leah Kralovetz, and Megan, Elyse, and Anna were close together throughout. Kylie had a strong race in the five spot and showed a lot of improvement over last season’s Big Ten race. The women competed very well as a team.”
FIGHT FOR IOWA
- Three Hawkeye women ran personal bests in the 6,000 meters, junior Mary Arch, junior Elyse Prescott, and freshman Leah Kralovetz.
- Senior Nathan Mylenek has been the top Hawkeye finisher for the men for nine straight meets.
The Hawkeyes travel to the NCAA Regional meet in Stillwater, Okla. On Nov. 15
The No. 5 Iowa State men’s cross country team claimed its third-straight Big 12 Championship behind Edwin Kurgat’s second-straight individual Big 12 title. In total the Cyclones placed seven in the top-15 to claim the Big 12 crown for a third straight year.
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ISU’s seven All-Big 12 performers ties for the most at the Big 12 Championship and it is just the third time in Big 12 history that a team has placed seven on the podium (Colorado, 1999, Oklahoma State, 2014, Iowa State, 2019).
Kurgat and Oklahoma State’s Isai Rodriguez were once again locked in a neck-and-neck race for the individual title. The two traded the lead a number of times, but ultimately it was Kurgat who posted an 8k time of 23.36.3 to outlast the Cowboy by three seconds.
Just like the individual title, the men’s Big 12 title was also a tight race until the end. Oklahoma State jumped out to an early lead, but it was Iowa State that then captured the lead for most of the race. OSU would regain the lead with 2k remaining. In the end, Iowa State’s final kick down the stretch pushed them past the Cowboys, with the Cyclones’ 34 team points besting OSU’s 58.
Iowa State’s victory was thanks to seven All-Big 12 performances, including four top-10 performances. Addison Dehaven (sixth), Chad Johnson (eighth) and Milo Greder (ninth) claimed top-10 finishes alongside Kurgat. Dehaven posted an 8k time of 23:55.4, followed closely by Johnson (23:58.1) and Greder, (24:00.5).
Dehaven, a Boise State transfer, earned his first All-Big 12 recognition, while Greder is now a three-time All-Big 12 performer and Johnson a two-timer.
Joining those four on the podium were David Too (10th), Mitchell Day (11th) and Thomas Pollard (15th). Too ran the 8k course at Cottonwood Golf Course in 24:03.4, Day in 24:05.3 and Pollard in 24:09.5.
This is the first time that Too and Day stood on the Big 12 podium and Pollard’s third All-Big 12 recognition.
The Cyclones will have a short break before their postseason run continues. Iowa State will next compete at the NCAA Midwest Regional Championships in Stillwater, Okla., on Nov. 15.
1. Edwin Kurgat, Iowa State – 23:36.3
6. Addison Dehaven, Iowa State – 23:55.4
8. Chad Johnson, Iowa State – 23:58.1
9. Milo Greder, Iowa State – 24:00.5
10. David Too, Iowa State – 24:03.4
11. Mitchell Day, Iowa State – 24:05.3
15. Thomas Pollard, Iowa State – 24:09.5
35. Jeffery Pedersen, Iowa State – 25:00.7
51. Jared Schuckman, Iowa State – 25:34.9
1. Iowa State – 34
2. Oklahoma State – 58
3. Texas – 72
4. Kansas – 92
5. Texas Tech – 147
6. Kansas State – 150
7. Baylor – 213
8. Oklahoma – 221
9. TCU – 28
Mizzou Cross Country began the 2019 postseason on Friday morning at the SEC Cross Country Championships in Lexington, Kentucky. The teams faced off against the rest of the teams in the SEC and fought through two extremely competitive races to earn two solid team finishes.
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©Jim Kirby 2016
The women finished in third place with 159 team points, and the men finished in seventh with 162 points. Junior Sarah Chapman (Maidenhead, England) led the women with an 18th place finish, while redshirt senior Thomas George (Gloucester, England) finished in eighth for the men.
This was the highest finish for the women since the 2016 season, when they finished in third place. A strong push by the Tigers in the middle of the pack solidified the top-three finish for the team. With only 30 points separating third place from ninth place, every point mattered for the Tigers.
The Mizzou women placed five runners in the top 50, including freshman Ginger Murnieks (Lee’s Summit, Missouri). Murnieks was the fourth-fastest freshman to cross the line in the women’s race, earning her All-Freshman honors.
A handful of Mizzou women posted season-best 6K times, including Murnieks, Melissa Menghini (Fenton, Missouri), Hannah Thomas (Urbandale, Iowa), Sophia Racette (St. Louis, Missouri). Mikayla Reed (Augusta, Missouri) and Jenna Lutzow (Poplar Grove, Illinois).
Burns on the women: “Our women moved up throughout each lap and came away on top of the 3-9 team race. There were only 30 points that separated 3rd-9th place so every point was important. Sarah got up front and hung on while the rest of the team came charging from further back in the pack. It was great to see Melissa have two excellent races back to back and for Ginger to close hard over the last lap. Jordyn Kleve and Hannah Thomas also came up big over the last lap and helped our team move from 5th to 3rd in the last 1000m. We are really proud of this team and how they have responded to adversity throughout the year. They never stop battling and that trait will suit them well in two weeks at the NCAA Midwest Region Championships”
Mizzou will continue postseason competition as they move to NCAA Regionals in Stillwater, Okla. on Friday, Nov. 15. There they will face off against teams from around the midwest with hopes of qualifying for NCAA Cross Country Championships. The Championships will take place on Saturday, Nov. 23 in Terre Haute, Ind.
WOMEN’S 6K RESULTS – 3rd Place (159 points, 18-28-29-40-44)
18. Sarah Chapman, 20:49.1 // 28. Ginger Murnieks, 21:01.1 // 29. Melissa Menghini 21:03.4 // 42. Jordyn Kleve, 21:20.9 // 48. Hannah Thomas, 21:25.9 // 53. Sophia Racette, 21:29.4 // 56. Mikayla Reed, 21:34.1 // 71. Jenna Lutzow, 21:55.2 // 76 Isabelle Christiansen, 22:00.8 // 82. Jenna Schwartz, 22:09.5 // 101. Emma Roth, 22:37.8 // 114. Tori Findley, 22:54.7 //
Wal Khat and CJ Mayfinished fifth and sixth respectively to earn All-Conference honors and lead the UNI men to a third-place team finish. McKayla Cole finished 12th to earn honorable mention All-Conference honors to lead the UNI women to a sixth-place finish at the Missouri Valley Conference Cross Country Championship Saturday in Indiana.
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On the back of Khat and May’s race, the Panthers earned their highest team finish since winning the title in the 2003 race. Khat finished with a time of 25:05.64 May followed closely with a time of 25:12.88. Khat earned All-Conference honors for the second consecutive season.
Redshirt sophomore Drake Henrichs finished 22nd with a time of 25:52.62. Junior Logan Murray notched his season-best time of 26:08.19 for a 29th-place finish. Sophomore Sam McCool closed out the scoring for UNI with a time of 26:13.09 for a 32nd-place finish.
McKayla Cole led the way for Panther women. She earned a 12th-place finish with a time of 18:43.24. Paige Holub finished 35th with a time of 19:30.68. Senior Haylee Lunafinished 39th with a time of 19:44.07. Katie Nimrod recorded a time of 19:58.78 for a 42nd-place finish and Tess Roorda was right behind her in 43rd with a time of 19:59.22 to close out the scoring.
The Panthers next travel to the NCAA Midwest Regional on Nov. 15 in Stillwater, Oklahoma.
The Loras College men’s cross country team traveled to Oberlin, Ohio to compete in the Oberlin Inter-Regional Rumble Saturday morning, placing 12th among 39 nationally ranked teams.
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Luke Guttormson was the fastest finisher for Loras in a time of 25:33.6, good for 39th and Patrick Wolak (25:36.6) finished just three seconds behind him to secure the 40th spot. Joey Schultz completed the race in a time of 26:12.2, followed by Cole Conklin-Little with a time of 26:29.8, and Logan Hayes rounded out the scorers with a time of 26:33.9.
Max Ross led the Duhawks in the 8,000-meter open race finishing in a time of 27:28.7, followed by Anthony Kemp in 47th (27:35.4) and Sam Webster in 50th (27:39.7). Drew Brase ran 27:42.1 to place 53rd and Nathan Vail was right in tow, placing 54th with a time of 27:43.1.
Loras returns to action on Saturday, Nov. 2 for the American Rivers Conference Tournament, hosted by the University of Dubuque. Race time is set for 10:30 A.M.
Loras College women’s cross country sophomore Kassie Rosenbum led the Duhawks to a tenth place finish at the Oberlin College Inter-Regional Rumble on Saturday, turning in a historic mark to rank her second all-time in Duhawk history for the 6,000-meter race.
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Rosembum placed second overall, crossing the finish line in 21:10.2, while the Duhawks’ next finisher was Audrey Miller in 32nd (22:34.4). Kaylee Osterberger finished in 80th place (23:16.8) and Cam Reeg (23:24.1) and Maeve Dunaway (23:37.1) rounded out Loras’ scoring in 93rd and 112th, respectively.
In the open race, Hannah Insko led the way with a top-20 finish, placing 19th with a time of 24:00.8. Marianne Gleason finished 24th (24:06.2), Morgan Minear (24:20.5) was 31st, Shania Kelly (24:30.3) placed 39th, and Ciera Dietchler placed 46th with a time of 24:43.4.
Loras’ next race will be the American Rivers Conference (A-R-C) Championship on Saturday, Nov. 2, hosted by the University of Dubuque. Race time is set for 11 A.M.
Karissa Schweizer hung with the lead pack for the first half of the 5,000 meter run finals, but the first-year pro and Missouri graduate couldn’t stay with the more experienced runners and fell to a ninth-place finish Saturday at the International Association of Athletics Federations World Championships in Doha, Qatar.
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The top-10 finish was still an impressive showing from Schweizer, who was the 16th-seeded runner coming into the meet. She was the first American finisher with a time of 14 minutes, 45 seconds, 18 milliseconds, which was 19 seconds behind world champion Kenyan Hellen Obri. Schweizer’s time makes her the fifth-fastest woman in American history in the 5,000 meter run and is the sixth fastest time in American history.
Schweizer was in the thick of the race in the first half and was only one second behind the leaders at the 2,000-meter mark, but she fell behind once the lead pack of six runners made their move in the race’s second half. Schweizer was in the middle of a chase pack with three other women before her ninth-place finish in a field of 15.
Schweizer, who runs now for the Bowerman Track Club, continues her first full year as a professional with her sights set on the U.S Olympic Team Trials next June in Eugene, Ore.
She ran the two fastest times by an American in the 5,000 meter run this year at this week’s world championships, putting her in a good position to make the U.S team at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.
After taking just under a month off from racing, the Utah women’s cross country team had a historic day at the 64th annual Joe Piane Invitational on Friday where the Utes took home the team title in one of the program’s best races of all-time.
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In a tight race, Utah battled against the top-ranked team in the nation, Colorado, throughout the race and ultimately was able to come out victorious upsetting Colorado by six points (110-116) at the Burke Golf Course. Utah’s scoring runners placed 11-16-19-27-37 to outscore Colorado’s runners that placed 10-12-20-21-53. In a stacked field, the Utes proved that they could compete with the nation’s best and beat out 11 teams ranked inside the top-30 of the USTFCCCA National Coaches’ poll, which also included five teams inside the top-10.
“Honestly, it was very impressive and it’s awesome to win any meet, let alone a meet of this stature,” said Utah head coach Kyle Kepler. “Our kids got out, they were impressive, really ran it well and hung on to bring home the victory.”
Kepler continued, “Certainly, I am very proud of this group. They have believed in each other all season, they’ve come together and it’s just been a pleasure to coach these gals. There is still a lot of season in front of us, but we’re certainly very excited and it’s a great way to start by winning a meet like this one.”
It was a total team effort for Utah on Friday with five scoring runners placing inside the top-40 of the 168 athletes that competed. With six of Utah’s seven competitors running in their first race of the season, the fresh legs were on display as all were able to record new PR’s to push the Utes to the top. Junior Bella Williams had a stellar performance and led the way finishing in 11th with a huge PR time of 16:31.69.
Senior Poppy Tank didn’t waste any time after not competing last season, finishing in 16th overall and second for the Utes in a time of 16:41.53. Senior Sarah Feeny finished three places behind Tank in 19th at 16:42.50. Rounding out the five scorers for Utah were sophomores Cara Woolnough (16:51.58) and Scarlet Dale (16:57.79) placing 27th and 37th, respectively.
Rounding out the Utah runners in the blue race, junior Trina Moreno returned to action for Utah and finished in 90th place (17:28.45) after not competing during the 2018 cross country season, while junior Emma Christensen earned 106th (17:36.84) and senior Sarah Newton completed Utah’s entries in 149th (18:01.81).
#17 Florida State finished in third place (129), #8 North Carolina State in fourth place (139), while #6 Washington (144) rounded out the top five teams.
Utah Runners | 5K (Blue Race)
11. Bella Williams – 16:31.69
16. Poppy Tank – 16:41.53
19. Sarah Feeny – 16:42.50
27. Cara Woolnough – 16:51.58
37. Scarlet Dale – 16:57.79
90. Trina Moreno – 17:28.45
106. Emma Christensen – 17:36.84
149. Sarah Newton – 18:01.81
Top 10 Teams (Blue Race)
1. Utah (RV) – 110
2. #1 Colorado – 116
3. #17 Florida State – 129
4. # 8 North Carolina State – 139
5. #6 Washington – 144
6. #9 Wisconsin – 157
7. #2 New Mexico – 181
8. #12 Notre Dame (Host) – 244
9. #29 Minnesota – 265
10. #14 Ole Miss – 288
The Utes also had seven student-athletes run in the women’s open 5K. Two Utes headed the charge in the open race, led by sophomore Kennedy Powell recording 18th overall with a time of 17.53.20. Just behind Powell, freshman Ellie Lundgreen placed 19th with a time of 17.53.34.
Sophomore Brooke Manson notched a time of 18:07.46 to finish in 29th place, while freshman Grace Burnett crossed the finish line in 18:11.86 to earn 33rd overall. Sophomore Sara Leonard finished in 38th (18:21.31), senior Jade Mulveynotched 43rd place (18:30.13), while freshman Karli Branch placed 60th (18:49.97) to round out Utah’s runners in the open race.
In a field of 130 runners, Utah’s seven placed in the top-60 finishers and all except Leonard clocked in with new PR’s.
Utah cross country will be back in action next Saturday, Oct. 12 when the team heads to the Color Country Invitational. Hosted by Southern Utah, the meet will take place in Cedar City, Utah. Fans can follow the Utah cross country program on Twitter (@Utah_trackfield), Facebook (UtahTrackXC) and on Instagram (@UtahTrackXC).
McKayla Cole made her first appearance this season and finished a team-high 36th with a time 22:34.9 to pace the UNI women’s cross country team to a 13th-place finish. Wal Khat finished 31st with a time of 25:36.6 to the UNI men to an 11th place finish at the Griak invite in Minneapolis.
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Freshman Cassady Inhs finished 60th with a time of 23:09.1 and Katie Nimrod placed 65th with a time of 23:14.1. Junior Tess Roorda finished the course in a time of 23:18.9 and sophomore Paige Holub closed out the scoring with a time of 23:32.0.
Sophomore Drake Henrichs was second for the Panthers, finishing 52nd with a time of 26:03.6. Junior Logan Murray finished 64th with a time of 26:24.6, sophomore Sam McCool finished with a time of 26:54.9. David Holesinger finished with a time of 27:55.1 and Addy Khalb finished with a time of 28:27.0.
The Panthers are off next week before traveling to the Bradley Classic on Friday, Oct. 18 in Peoria, Ill.
The No. 16 Iowa State women’s cross country team is set to race at the Joe Piane Notre Dame Invitational on Friday, Oct. 4 at noon. The women will be running in the Blue Division 5K race from the Burke Golf Course in Notre Dame, Ind.
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The last time out, the women opened the season at the Hawkeye Invitational a month ago. The Cyclones finished second as a team and Abby Caldwell was the individual race winner. Caldwell was later named the USTFCCCA Female Athlete of the Week and the Big 12 Women’s Runner of the Week.
Live results from the Joe Piane Invitational can be accessed in the link above. Fans can also follow @CycloneTrackXC on Twitter for live updates from Burke Golf Course.
The Loras College women’s cross country team will toe the start line as the No. 6-ranked team in the Central Region on Saturday according to the latest United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) poll, released on Tuesday.
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The Duhawks took a week off from competition following an impressive display at the National Catholic Championship, hosted by Notre Dame University, on Sept. 20. Kassie Rosenbum paced the Duhawks with a fourth place finish overall, setting a new school record for the 5,000-meter race with a time of 17:57.48. Audrey Miller added a 27th place finish overall (19:10.46 and Kaylee Osterberger was 47th with a time of 19:51.26, helping Loras finish as the top-Division III team in the field of Division I, II and III competitors.
Carleton College remains the top-ranked team in the region while the University of St. Thomas (Minn.) bypassed American Rivers Conference (A-R-C) rival Wartburg College for second to place the Knights third. St. Olaf College and Gustavus Adolphus College held onto their fourth and fifth place rankings, respectively, while fellow A-R-C opponent Luther College was No. 7 behind Loras and Concordia University-Moorhead sits at No. 8.
Nebraska Wesleyan University was the final A-R-C school in the regional rankings at No. 9 while Bethel University (Minn.) ranks tenth.
The Duhawks travel to Waverly, Iowa for the Wartburg College Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 5. Race time is set for 10:30 a.m.
After giving its top runners a week off, the Loras College men’s cross country team returned to the start line and scored a fifth place finish at the National Catholic Championship, hosted by the University of Notre Dame, earning the top Division III spot in the field.
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Luke Guttormson led the Duhawks and all Division III competitors with a 16th place finish, clocking a time of 26:22.46 for the five mile course. Patrick Wolak added another top-20 showing placing 18th overall with a time of 26:29.73. Cole Conklin-Little was the next scoring runner for Loras in 33rd (26:55.41) followed by Joey Schultzin 40th (27:16.37) and Blake Keller in 53rd (27:34.85).
In the open race, Ethan Hammerand had the top time for the Duhawks, crossing the finish line in a time of 28:33.58 to finish eighth. Sam Webster placed 13th (28:48.33) followed by Max Ross in 16th (28:58.54) and Drew Brase in 19th (29.12.71). Jake Jensen was the Duhawks’ fifth man, clocking a time of 29:19.90 to finish 21st.
Loras heads to the Wartburg College Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 5 with race time in Waverly set to begin at 10:30 A.M.
The No. 5 Iowa State cross country team finished third place at the John McNichols Invitational on Saturday. It was a stacked field that the Cyclones ran against as five of the Nation’s top-25 teams were in attendance.
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The Cyclones finished with 66 team points behind first-place Northern Arizona (31) and second-place Stanford (51).
The Cyclones were led by All-American Edwin Kurgat. Kurgat ran an outstanding race and finished first individually in a time of 23:47. It was a battle down the last 400 meters, but Kurgat outlasted Stanford’s Thomas Ratcliffe, crossing the finish line four seconds ahead of him.
Transfers Addison Dehaven and Mitchell Day were making their Iowa State cross country debuts on Saturday morning. Dehaven, a two-time All-American, finished 11th individually in 24:19. Day, the 2017 ACC Freshman of the Year, took 15th in a time of 24:35.
Sophomore Chad Johnson and junior Thomas Pollard also posted top-20 performances. Johnson finished 19th in 24:50, followed closely by Pollard who finished 20th in 24:51. Junior Milo Greder was also in that pack, and finished 21st in 24:53.
The Cyclones will be off for a bit before returning to the course on Oct. 18 at the annual Wisconsin Nuttycombe Invitational in Madison, Wis.
Top-10 Team Scores
1. Northern Arizona, 31
2. Stanford, 51
3. Iowa State, 66
4. Purdue, 70
5. Indiana, 174
6. Eastern Michigan, 204
7. Illinois, 226
8. IUPUI, 309
9. Eastern Illinois
10. Central Arkansas
Former University of Iowa All-American Brittany Brown has added red, white, and blue to her wardrobe in 2019.
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Brown represents Team USA at the 2019 World Championships next week in Doha, Qatar. She is racing the 200 meters beginning Monday, Sept. 30. The semifinals are Oct. 1, and the finals are Oct. 2.
Brown was an 11-time All-American for the Hawkeyes from 2014-18. She is a Big Ten champion and school record holder in the 200 meters (22.30). She graduated in 2018, and qualified for the World Championships in July at the 2019 World Team Trials.
It is a path she never saw coming.
“When I was here as a student I was just running,” Brown said. “I didn’t think I would be able to reach this level, but now that I am I’m grateful and thankful for all of the support Iowa gave me.”
Since earning a spot on Team USA, Brown has been training in Iowa City and making trips to Europe. Earlier this month, she won the 200 meters at an event billed as “The Match,” a track meet in Belarus pitting Team USA against Europe.
“I am building off of that. A win always makes you a little more confident going into your next race. I felt really good coming off the curve,” Brown said. “It’s always a good feeling to put on that USA uniform and run for your country. It gives you a little bit more confidence going into the World Championships.”
Brown is joined on Team USA by former teammate and NCAA champion Laulauga Tausaga, who will throw discus for Team USA in the qualifying round Oct. 2.
The 2019 World Championships are Sept. 27-Oct. 6 at Doha, Qatar. More information can be found on iaaf.org.
If it’s a big race, the University of Iowa knows it will receive a big effort from Karson Sommer.
“When the lights go on, I don’t have to worry about who will show up,” said Randy Hasenbank, Iowa’s associate head coach for cross country/track and field.
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Sommer, a senior from Bettendorf, Iowa, is in his final season of collegiate cross country, but he has two seasons left for both indoor and outdoor track and field. As a senior at Pleasant Valley High School, Sommer placed fifth in the Class 4A state cross country meet and concluded an injury-riddled track season by placing eighth in the Class 4A 1,600 run.
He wanted to stay close to the Quad-Cities for college, and Iowa, with its engineering department, was a good fit. Sommer will earn a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering after the spring semester, then he plans to pursue a master’s in business analytics. He is an Academic All-Big Ten and Dean’s List student.
“My time at Iowa has been great,” Sommer said. “I have developed a lot as a runner, moving more toward distance. Coming out of high school I was lower mileage and now I’m doing probably twice as many miles as I was in high school. Academically, I have learned a lot being in electrical engineering that I can hopefully apply to wherever my career takes me.”
Sommer has completed two internships, the first doing data analytics for the Department of Defense at the Rock Island Arsenal, the second was designing tolerance analysis software for a company called Inventive Engineering.
It is his reputation as a big-race competitor that impresses Hasenbank.
In 2018, when the Hawkeyes placed sixth as a team at the Big Ten Championships in cross country, Sommer was 39th with an 8,000-meter time of 24:40.4. That was 43 spots higher than he finished the previous season. Twelve days later at the NCAA Regional, he finished 35th with a 10K time of 31:47.9. That was 58 spots higher than he finished as a sophomore.
“He is a fearless competitor and doesn’t care what the stat sheet says,” Hasenbank said. “If he is racing sub-4 (minute mile) guys, he is going to race them all. He has a great attitude and is easy to coach. He finishes workouts and sets a high standard.”
Sommer says he is in the best shape of his life as he covers 70-85-mile weeks. In the season opening Hawkeye Invitational on Sept. 6, Sommer was Iowa’s eighth runner (22nd overall) with a 6K time of 19:00.9. Don’t check the final results, it will be confusing. Sommer’s younger brother, Konnor, is also on Iowa’s team, and somehow Karson wore Konnor’s timing chip and vice-versa. While the results say Karson was 25th in 19:09, he actually finished three positions higher.
Having a brother on the roster has advantages, despite an occasional case of misidentification. Konnor is a sophomore, and the duo was used to the sibling running dynamic when they competed together in high school. In college, they have a go-to running buddy.
“It is nice to have a training partner who can be reliable,” Karson said. “Konnor is someone to do workouts with if other people on the team can’t train with you for whatever reason.”
In his first three seasons as a Hawkeye, Sommer has experienced plenty of highlights. None were more memorable than being part of a Big Ten Conference championship track and field team in May; he was 20th in the 1,500 with a time of 3:52.17. Last fall, the Hawkeyes were sixth as a team at Big Ten cross county, their best finish since 2009.
Like he did a season ago, Sommer aims to continue improving his finishes at meets from a year ago, especially in the postseason. He is looking for top 15 individual and top five team placings at Big Ten and regionals.
“For whatever reason, even though I come into the season in good shape, the results at (early) meets don’t show for me because we aren’t tapered,” Sommer said. “At the end of the year is where I have better performances.”
Hasenbank will rely on Sommer’s record of steadiness to lead the Hawkeyes to big results.
“To reach our potential, we need him to be battling in our top three,” Hasenbank said. “He will, he can, and he has.”
The Hawkeyes will compete at the Greeno/Dirksen Invitational on Saturday at Mahoney Golf Course in Lincoln, Nebraska. Last season Iowa finished runner-up with 68 points; Sommer was 28th with an 8K time of 25:53.7.
Wal Khat finished seventh to lead the UNI men to a fifth-place finish, and Katie Nimrod finished 15th to lead UNI to a sixth-place finish at the Illinois State Invite at the Weibring Golf Club in Normal.
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Khat finished the 8K course in 24:55.3 to lead the way for UNI. CJ May followed up his strong week at the Hawkeye Invite with a 13th-place finish and a time of 25:11.0. Logan Murray finished 31st with a time of 25:47.6, David Holesinger was 37th with a time of 25:57.3 and Drake Henrichsclosed the scoring for UNI with a 45th-place finish and a time of 26:03.9.
On the women’s side, Nimrod finished with a time of 18:14.3. Freshman Cassidy Ihns was just two spots behind in 17th place with a time of 18:19.9. Paige Holub finished 31st with a time of 18:51.8, Tess Roorda finished 45th with a time of 19:057 and Haylee Luna closed out the scoring with a 54th-place finish and a time of 19:17.8. UNI’s top two runners, McKayla Cole and Gabby Champion did not run Saturday.
The Panthers now have two weeks off before returning to action on Sept. 28 at the Roy Griak Invitational hosted by the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.
Mizzou Cross Country continued the 2019 season in Nashville, Tenn., on Saturday morning, competing in the Commodore Classic. The Tigers had both the men’s and women’s teams post top-5 finishes as the women placed fourth with 141 team points while the men came in fifth with 136. Junior Sarah Chapman (Maidenhead, England) finished 11th overall for the Mizzou women while redshirt senior Thomas George (Gloucester, England) and senior Kieran Wood (Cambridge, England) led the men’s side by both posting top-15 finishes.
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The Mizzou women placed a trio of runners in the top 25 as Chapman, redshirt senior Jordyn Kleve (Urbandale, Iowa) and freshman Jenna Schwartz (Waterloo, Iowa) paced the Tigers. In their first 6K races with the Tigers, Chapman and Schwartz put up times of 21:34.3 and 22:00.6, respectively. Meanwhile, junior Lexi Maddox (Riverside, Mo.) set a personal best by posting a time of 22:57.1, topping her 23:18.5 mark at the Bradley Pink Classic on October 12 last season.
On the men’s side, George and Wood led the Tigers to a fourth-place finish overall with George finishing 11th overall with a time of 24:44.8 while Wood came in 14th place at 24:52.7. Redshirt junior Dylan Quisenberry (Wildwood, Mo.) set a personal record with a 26:18.0 finish, his best in the 8,000m topping a 27:00.9 time at the Cowboy Jamboree on September 30, 2017.
With team finishes of fourth and fifth place, the Tigers placed second among all SEC competition at the meet. The Tigers slightly trailed Ole Miss (Women: 1st – 76 points, Men: 4th – 128 points) while finishing ahead of Georgia, Vanderbilt and Auburn.
“Both teams battled hard today,” said Head Coach Marc Burns. “Our men executed the game plan well with Thomas and Kieran up front and Martin, Victor and Oaklee working up over the second half of the race. We were in seventh place midway through the race so we moved up quite a bit.
“Our women showed how deep we are today. Sarah did a great job up front for us and then it got interesting. Jordyn finished strong and had a great kick to be our number two. Jenna, Isabelle, Sophia and Hannah really stepped up to help the team today. We will get better throughout the year as we get some people healthy and our training progresses. I am proud of how both teams battled today in some hot conditions. We are looking forward to the next two weeks of training and opening up our new course on Friday the 27th.”
Mizzou returns home for the Mizzou Cross Country Challenge on Friday, September 27 at the brand-new Gans Creek Cross Country Course in Columbia, Mo. The meet will be the second and final home competition of the 2019 season. The Tigers will then head to the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational and the Bradley Pink Classic on Friday, October 18 before postseason competition begins on Friday, November 1 with the SEC Championships.
MEN’S 8K RESULTS – 5th Place (132 points, 11-14-31-33-47)
- Thomas George, 24:44.8 // 14. Kieran Wood, 25:52.7 // 36. Martin Prodanov, 25:25.1 // 39. Victor Mugeche, 25:28.3 // 55. Oaklee Hauschild, 25:47.5 // 82. Dylan Quisenberry, 26:18.0 // 84. Michael Widmann, 26:20.5 // 104. Marquette Wilhite, 26:53.4
WOMEN’S 6K RESULTS – 4th Place (141 points, 11-20-22-41-47)
- Sarah Chapman, 21:34.3 // 21. Jordyn Kleve, 21:58.8 // 23. Jenna Schwartz, 22:00.6 // 42. Sophia Racette, 22:27.3 // 48. Hannah Thomas, 22:31.5 // 49. Isabelle Christiansen, 22:32.5 // 64. Melissa Menghini, 22:48.4 // 74. Lexi Maddox, 22:57.1 // 76. Mikayla Reed, 22:58.5 // 96. Ginger Murnieks, 23:17.7 // 101. Reilly Revord, 23:20.9