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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2013 letterwinners

Men's cross country runners

 

Nick Barnes

Sr.
Southeast Polk HS
Altoona, Iowa

Two varsity letters
Most Improved Runner Award (2012)

Career-best 8,000-meter time:
25:53, Iowa Conference meet, Oct. 27, 2012
Career-best finish: 59th, Grand View Inv., Sept. 30, 2011
2013 Iowa Conference finish: 87th, 29:08.4

Leo Bird

Sr.
Ames HS
Gilbert, Iowa

One varsity letter

Career-best 8,000-meter time:
29:17, Wis.-Oshkosh Brooks Inv., Oct. 16, 2010
Career-best finish: 20th, Lamb-Kohawk Inv., Oct. 16, 2010
2013 Iowa Conference finish: 101st, 30:01.9

Cole Decker

So.
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


Cody Doughan

Sr.
Pleasant Valley HS
Bettendorf, Iowa

Four varsity letters
Dutch Spirit Award (2011, 2013)

Career-best 8,000-meter time: 26:32; Jim Drews Inv., Oct. 13, 2012
Career-best finish: 11th, Central Dutch Inv., Sept. 1, 2012
2013 Iowa Conference finish:
40th, 27:30.1


Brent Ewing

Sr.
Centerville HS
Cincinnati, Iowa

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

Career-best 8,000-meter time: 25:40, Grinnell Les Duke Inv., Sept. 8, 2012
Career-best finish: 3rd, Central Dutch Inv., Sept. 1, 2012; Grinnell Les Duke Inv., Sept. 8, 2012
2013 Iowa Conference finish:
16th, 26:27.7
2013 NCAA Central Region finish: 56th, 26:36.97


Nathan Good

Sr.
Fort Zumwait East HS
Saint Peters, Mo.

Two varsity letters

Career-best 8,000-meter time: 27:32, Iowa Conference meet, Oct. 27, 2012
Career-best finish: 14th, Lamb-Kohawk Inv., Oct. 1, 2010
2013 Iowa Conference finish:
67th, 28:20.1

Eli Horton

Jr.
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. 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

Jr.
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

 

Ryan McPherren

Jr.
Oskaloosa HS
Oskaloosa, Iowa

Two varsity letters

Career-best 8,000-meter time: 28:57, Iowa Conference meet, Oct. 27, 2012
Career-best finish: 19th, Lamb-Kohawk Inv., Oct. 1, 2010
2013 Iowa Conference finish:
91st, 29:20.0


Austin O'Brien

Sr.
Pleasant Valley HS
Bettendorf, Iowa

Four varsity letters
All-American (2013)
All-Central Region (2012, 2013)
Iowa Conference MVP (2013)
All-Iowa Conference (2012, 2013)
Iowa Conference male athlete of the week (Nov. 4, 2013)
Iowa Conference runner of the week (Sept. 8, 2013; Oct. 20, 2013)
Team co-captain (2012, 2013)
Team Most Improved Performer Award (2013)
Team Newcomer of the Year Award (2010)

Career-best 8,000-meter time: 24:46.8, Iowa Conference meet, Nov. 2, 2013
Career-best finish: 1st, Iowa Conference meet, Nov. 2, 2013
2013 Iowa Conference finish: 1st, 24:46.8
2013 NCAA Central Region finish: 4th, 24:51.12
2013 NCAA Div. III championships finish: 11th, 25:02.2


Colin Shawgo

Sr.
Nevada HS
Nevada, Iowa

Two varsity letters

Career-best 8,000-meter time: 29:47, Wis.-Oshkosh Brooks Inv., Oct. 16, 2010
Career-best finish: 25th, Lamb-Kohawk Inv., Oct. 1, 2010
2013 Iowa Conference finish:
108th, 30:14.7


Timothy Shepherd

Jr.
Knoxville HS
Knoxville, Iowa

Three varsity letters

Career-best 8,000-meter time: 26:44, Jim Drews Inv., Oct. 13, 2012
Career-best finish: 10th, Central Dutch Inv., Sept. 1, 2012
2013 Iowa Conference finish:
31st, 27:06.4


Chris Sirridge

Jr.
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


Michael Splavec

Sr.
Valley HS
West Des Moines, Iowa

Two varsity letters
Team co-captain (2013)
Dutch Spirit Award (2012, 2013)

Career-best 8,000-meter time: 30:00, Wis.-Oshkosh Brooks Inv., Oct. 16, 2010
Career-best finish: 21st, Lamb-Kohawk Inv., Oct. 10, 2010

 

Isaac Steffensmeier

Fr.
Fort Madison HS
St. Paul, Iowa

One varsity letter
All-Central Region (2013)
All-Iowa Conference (2013)
Team Newcomer of the Year Award (2013)

Career-best 8,000-meter time: 26:06, St. Olaf Inv., Nov. 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

Jr.
Knoxville HS
Knoxville, Iowa

One varsity letter

Career-best 8,000-meter time: 26:25.52, NCAA Central Region, Nov. 16, 2013
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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