Men's cross country

  • Back-to-back Iowa Conference champions (2012, 2013)
  • Seven Iowa Conference MVPs
  • Five national team qualifiers
  • Placed 6th at 2013 NCAA meet

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2014 returning letterwinners

Men's cross country runners

 

Cole Decker

Jr.
Dowling HS
West Des Moines, Iowa


Two varsity letters
All-Central Region (2012, 2013)
All-Iowa Conference (2012, 2013)
Newcomer of the Year Award (2012)

Career-best 8,000-meter time:
25:08, NCAA Div. III championships, Nov. 17, 2012
Career-best finish: 2nd, Central Dutch Inv., Sept. 2, 2012; Iowa Conference meet, Oct. 17, 2012
2013 Iowa Conference finish: 3rd, 25:12.5
2013 NCAA Central Region finish: 8th, 25:18.12
2013 NCAA Div. III championship finish: 47th, 25:31.9



Eli Horton

Sr.
Southeast Polk HS
Runnells, Iowa


Three varsity letters
All-American (2012, 2013)
Central Region champion (2013)
All-Central Region (2011, 2012, 2013)
Iowa Conference MVP (2012)
All-Iowa Conference (2011, 2012, 2013)
NCAA Div. III individual national qualifier (2011)
Team Most Valuable Performer Award (2011, 2012, 2013)
Team Newcomer of the Year Award (2011)
Iowa Conference men's cross country performer of the week (Oct. 21, 2014; Oct. 7, 2014; Oct. 29, 2012; Oct. 15, 2012; Oct. 1, 2012; Sept. 4, 2012; Sept. 2, 2011)
Iowa Conference male athlete of the week
(Oct. 29, 2012; track and field: April 22, 2013; April 1, 2013)

Career-best 8,000-meter time: 24:35.2; NCAA Div. III Championship, Nov. 23, 2013
Career-best finish: 1st; St. Olaf Inv., Sept. 17, 2011; Central Dutch Inv., Sept. 1, 2012; Grinnell Les Duke Inv., Sept. 8, 2012; Iowa Conference meet, Oct. 27, 2012; NCAA Central Region, Nov. 16, 2013
2013 Iowa Conference finish: 2nd, 24:50.3
2013 NCAA Central Region finish: 1st, 24:35.97
2013 NCAA Div. III championships finish:
4th, 24:35.2


Drew Jackson

Sr.
Johnston HS
Johnston, Iowa


Three varsity letters
All-Central Region (2012, 2013)
All-Iowa Conference (2012, 2013)
Academic all-Iowa Conference (2012)
Most Improved Runner (2011)

Career-best 8,000-meter time: 25:21, NCAA Div. III championships, Oct. 17, 2012
Career-best finish: 3rd, Iowa Conference meet, Oct. 27, 2012
2013 Iowa Conference finish:
10th, 25:56.9
2013 NCAA Central Region finish: 13th, 25:28.77
2013 NCAA Div. III championships finish: 87th, 25:50.8

 

Timothy Shepherd

Sr.
Knoxville HS
Knoxville, Iowa


Three varsity letters

Career-best 8,000-meter time: 26:29, Jim Drews Inv., Oct. 18, 2014
Career-best finish: 10th, Central Dutch Inv., Sept. 1, 2012
2013 Iowa Conference finish:
31st, 27:06.4


Chris Sirridge

Sr.
Crystal Lake Central HS
Crystal Lake, Ill.


Two varsity letters

Career-best 8,000-meter time: 27:40, Jim Drews Inv., Oct. 13, 2012
Career-best finish: 31st; Central Dutch Inv., Sept. 3, 2011
2013 Iowa Conference finish:
75th, 28:36.1


Isaac Steffensmeier

So.
Fort Madison HS
St. Paul, Iowa


One varsity letter
All-Central Region (2013)
All-Iowa Conference (2013)
Team Newcomer of the Year Award (2013)
Iowa Conference men's cross country performer of the week (Sept. 7, 2014; Sept. 21, 2014)


Career-best 8,000-meter time: 26:06, St. Olaf Inv., Sept. 21, 2013
Career-best finish: 15th, Iowa Conference meet, Nov. 2, 2013
2013 Iowa Conference finish:
15th, 26:27.5
2013 NCAA Central Region finish: 35th, 26:11.77
2013 NCAA Div. III championships finish: 222nd, 26:45.0

 

Jamie Vander Veer

Sr.
Knoxville HS
Knoxville, Iowa


One varsity letter

Career-best 8,000-meter time: 25:52, Jim Drews Inv., Oct. 18, 2014
Career-best finish: 20th, Central Inv., Nov. 7, 2013
2013 Iowa Conference finish:
22nd, 26:40.3
2013 NCAA Central Region finish: 44th, 26:25.52
2013 NCAA Div. III championships finish: 178th, 26:26.2

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