Mitchell Day-ISU, Milo Greder-ISU and Thomas Pollard-Gilbert-ISU
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Pollard Among Cyclones Academic Award Winners

Thomas Pollard-Gilbert-ISU ©Jim Kirby

Thomas Pollard-Gilbert-ISU
©Jim Kirby

Three members of the No. 4 Iowa State men’s cross country team were named to the USTFCCCA All-Academic Teams, the organization announced Thursday afternoon. The Cyclones saw Mitchell Day, Milo Greder and Thomas Pollard all honored, while the team received the All-Academic Team award for their cumulative accomplishments in the classroom.

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This is the third-straight year Greder has earned All-Academic honors in cross country, while Pollard won his third All-Academic honor across cross country and track & field. This is Day’s first All-Academic honor from the USTFCCCA.

Day’s first season as a member of the Cyclone cross country team was a good one, as he was one of ISU’s top individuals across the post season. Day earned All-Big 12 (11th at Big 12 Championships) and All-Midwest Region (24th at Regional Championships) honors, and finished his season by finishing 51st, third among the Cyclone contingent, at the NCAA Cross Country Championships. The Alpena, Michigan native is a Pre-Liberal Studies major.

Greder continued his yearly tradition of being one of Iowa State’s most reliable post-season performers. For a third-straight season, Greder earned All-Big 12 honors (ninth at Big 12 Championships) and a third-straight All-Midwest Region nod (13th at Regional Championships). He was the Cyclones’ fourth finisher at the NCAA Cross Country Championships, coming in at 72nd place. The Omaha native is a communications studies major.

Pollard, who returned to cross country after missing 2018 on a medical redshirt, bounced back in a big way with All-Big 12 (15th at conference championships) and All-Region (18th at Regional Championships) to his name. His hard-work in the classroom was recognized by the Big 12, as he was named the 2019 Big 12 Cross Country Men’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Pollard received his Bachelor’s degree in December and is now pursuing his Master’s degree in Information Systems and Business Analytics.