Men's cross country

  • Back-to-back Iowa Conference champions (2012, 2013)
  • Seven Iowa Conference MVPs
  • Three straight national meet berths
  • Placed 6th at 2013 NCAA meet

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2014 letterwinners

Men's cross country runners

 

Cole Decker

Jr.
Dowling HS
West Des Moines, Iowa


Three varsity letters
Iowa Conference MVP (2014)
All-Central Region (2012, 2013, 2014)
All-Iowa Conference (2012, 2013, 2014)
Newcomer of the Year Award (2012)
Iowa Conference male athlete of the week
(Nov. 3, 2014)

Career-best 8,000-meter time:
25:03, NCAA Div. III Championships, Nov. 22, 2014
Career-best finish: 1st, Iowa Conference meet, Nov. 1, 2014
2014 Iowa Conference finish: 1st, 25:15
2014 NCAA Central Region finish: 20th, 25:31.2
2014 NCAA Div. III championship finish: 62nd, 25:03.0

 

Mark Fairley

Fr.
Dubuque HS
Dubuque, Iowa


One varsity letter
All-Central Region (2014)
All-Iowa Conference (2014)
Newcomer of the Year Award (2014)

Career-best 8,000-meter time: 25:36.1, NCAA Central Regional, Nov. 15, 2014
Career-best finish: 10th, Iowa Conference meet, Nov. 1, 2014
2014 Iowa Conference finish: 10th, 26:02
2014 NCAA Central Region finish: 22nd, 25:36.1
2014 NCAA Div. III championship finish: 154th, 25:37.7

 

Cole Folken

Fr.
Dubuque HS
Dubuque, Iowa


One varsity letter

Career-best 8,000-meter time: 27:28, Wis-La Crosse Jim Drews Inv., Oct. 4, 2014; Iowa Conference meet, Nov. 1, 2014
Career-best finish: 45th, Iowa Conference meet, Nov. 1, 2014
2014 Iowa Conference finish: 45th, 27:28

 

Nick Guzman

Fr.
Fort Madison HS
Fort Madison, Iowa


One varsity letter

Career-best 8,000-meter time: 27:29, Iowa Conference meet, Nov. 1, 2014
Career-best finish: 48th, Iowa Conference meet, Nov. 1, 2014
2014 Iowa Conference finish: 48th, 27:29

 

Eli Horton

Sr.
Southeast Polk HS
Runnells, Iowa


Four varsity letters
All-American (2012, 2013, 2014)
Central Region champion (2013)
All-Central Region (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)
Iowa Conference MVP (2012)
All-Iowa Conference (2011, 2012, 2013)
NCAA Div. III individual national qualifier (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)
Team Most Valuable Performer Award (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)
Team Newcomer of the Year Award (2011)
Team co-captain (2014)
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: 24:33.8; NCAA Div. III Championship, Nov. 22, 2014
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
2014 NCAA Central Region finish: 2nd, 24:38.8
2014 NCAA Div. III championships finish:
28th, 24:33.8


Drew Jackson

Sr.
Johnston HS
Johnston, Iowa


Four varsity letters
All-Central Region (2012, 2013)
All-Iowa Conference (2012, 2013)
Academic all-Iowa Conference (2012)
Most Improved Runner (2011)
Team co-captain (2014)

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

 

Kyle Nuehring

Jr.
Waukee HS
Waukee, Iowa


One varsity letter

Career-best 8,000-meter time: 26:38, Wis.-Eau Claire Inv., Oct. 4, 2014
Career-best finish: 37th, Central Dutch Inv., Oct. 1, 2014

 

Tanner Rathje

Fr.
Linn-Mar HS
Marion, Iowa


One varsity letter

Career-best 8,000-meter time: 25:45, NCAA Division III Championships, Nov. 22, 2014
Career-best finish: 16th, Iowa Conference meet, Nov. 1, 2014

 

Kyle Schelling

So.
Sioux Center HS
Orange City, Iowa


One varsity letter

Career-best 8,000-meter time: 31:57, Iowa Conference meet, Nov. 1, 2012
Career-best finish: 92nd, Central Inv., Sept. 6, 2014

 

Timothy Shepherd

Sr.
Knoxville HS
Knoxville, Iowa


Four varsity letters
All-Central Region (2014)
All-Iowa Conference (2014)

Career-best 8,000-meter time: 25:43.7, NCAA Central Regional, Nov. 15, 2014
Career-best finish: 10th, Central Dutch Inv., Sept. 1, 2012
2014 Iowa Conference finish:
13th, 26:12
2014 NCAA Central Region finish: 28th, 25:43.7
2014 NCAA Div. III championship finish: 256th, 26:37.0


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

 

Jon Specht

Fr.
Homestead HS
Dubuque, Iowa


One varsity letter

Career-best 8,000-meter time: 26:45, Wis.-Eau Claire Inv., Oct. 4, 2014
Career-best finish: 12th, Central Inv., Sept, 6, 2014

 

Isaac Steffensmeier

So.
Fort Madison HS
St. Paul, Iowa


Two varsity letters
All-Central Region (2013, 2014)
All-Iowa Conference (2013, 2014)
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: 25:21, Wheaton Inv., Sept. 20, 2014
Career-best finish: 1st, Central Dutch Invitational, Sept. 6, 2014
2014 Iowa Conference finish:
11th, 26:03
2014 NCAA Central Region finish: 35th, 25:50.6
2014 NCAA Div. III championships finish: 127th, 25:31.1

 

Ben Stelk

Fr.
Pleasant Valley HS
Bettendorf, Iowa


One varsity letter

Career-best 8,000-meter time: 27:25, Iowa Conference meet, Nov. 1, 2014
Career-best finish: 30th, Central Inv., Sept, 6, 2014

 

Jamie Vander Veer

Sr.
Knoxville HS
Knoxville, Iowa


Two varsity letters
All-Central Region (2014)
All-Iowa Conference (2014)
Academic all-Iowa Conference (2014)
Most Improved Runner (2014)

Career-best 8,000-meter time: 24:59.7, NCAA Div. III Championships, Nov. 22, 2014
Career-best finish: 2nd, Iowa Conference meet, Nov. 1, 2014
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

 

Karl Weaver

So.
Pleasant Valley HS
Davenport, Iowa


One varsity letter

Career-best 8,000-meter time: 30:08, Wis.-Eau Claire Blugold Inv., Oct. 4, 2013
Career-best finish: 83rd, Central Inv., Sept, 7, 2013

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