• 11 NCAA Div. III national team championships
  • 32 NCAA Div. III individual championships
  • 176 Iowa Conference titles
  • 23 Iowa Conference all-sports titles
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Austin O’Brien

Junior, cross country, track

(What you won't find on Facebook...even if you are approved as a friend)

Hometown: Bettendorf, Iowa

High School: Pleasant Valley

Why Central?
I chose Central because of the great exercise science program that we have. Also I really like the coaching staff for both cross country and track.

Favorite class you have taken and why
The best classes I have taken here at Central are all the Spanish classes with Professor Mate-Kodjo. He is an awesome teacher and makes class fun most of the time.

Why you love Central cross country
Our team is very close and we are basically one big family. 

What you’re most excited for this season
I believe that we have a chance to do some great things this year. We are looking to go to nationals as a team and compete with the best in Division III. It’s been a while since the men’s team has gone to the national meet so it would be very exciting to qualify.

Dream job
Some sort of professional athlete whether it be for running, basketball, ping pong or whatever.

Your first CD
I’m pretty sure it was the Space Jam soundtrack. That is still one of the best movies that has ever been created.

Person past or present you’d like to have lunch with
My Grandpa Jim who has just recently passed away.

What you like best about your team
We all work very hard and we support each other to reach our goals. We have a lot of fun together.

What most people don’t know about the cross country coaches
They have the best jobs ever because they get to hang out with us every day.

Favorite food to eat after a race
Anything that is extremely unhealthy for me. Usually ice cream!

Your good luck charm
Don’t really have one.

Favorite athlete or event in the Olympics
I really can’t pick a favorite. I like everything about the Olympics.

I think Central’s cross country course is…
Challenging at first glance, but really not too bad.

Teammate most likely to get eliminated from Marshmallow Mafia right away
Adam, because he would probably eat all the marshmallows.

Bucket list
Complete an Iron man triathlon.
Run the Leadville 100 mile run.
Go to a Chicago Bulls playoff game.
Complete the gallon challenge with milk after practice some day.
Travel to every continent.








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