Back-to-back Iowa Conference champions (2012, 2013)
PELLA-Central College’s Austin O’Brien (senior, Bettendorf, Pleasant Valley HS) was named the Iowa Conference men’s cross country runner of the week following a third-place finish at the Wis.-Eau Claire Blugold Invitational on Friday.
It is his second league honor of the season and his career, as O’Brien was named runner of the week following his first-place finish at the season-opening Central Dutch Invitational Sept. 7.
Competing against nine ranked teams, including No. 10 St. Olaf (Minn.), O’Brien led the No. 31-rated Dutch to a third-place finish in the 26-team, 453-individual field. O’Brien finished in 25:00.58, less than 12 seconds behind the individual champion.
O’Brien and the Dutch return to action Oct. 19 at the Jim Drews Invitational in West Salem, Wis. Last season at the invitational the men’s team finished 3rd of 26 teams.