The University of Iowa men’s and women’s cross country teams travel to Lincoln, Nebraska, to compete at the Woody Greeno Invite on Saturday. The Hawkeyes are one of 28 teams running in the race. The women’s 6,000-meter race begins at 10 a.m. (CT). The men’s 8,000 meters begins at 10:45 a.m.
HOW TO FOLLOW
Results are posted on the Iowa cross country Twitter account: @Iowa XC_TF and online at hawkeyesports.com. They will also be posted at huskers.com or nwusports.com.
HAWKEYES START STRONG
The 2017 Hawkeye Invitational was scored as individual dual meets. The University of Iowa women’s cross country team won four out of five duals. They had wins over Drake, Northern Iowa, Illinois State, and Iowa Central. The men’s team won four out of six duals. They had wins over Drake, Northern Iowa, Creighton, and Illinois State.
HAWKEYES ENTER TOP 10
- Junior Andrea Shine moved into seventh all-time in 4,000 meters with a time of 13:58.7 at the Hawkeye Invitational on Sept. 1.
- Junior Madison Waymire also cracked Iowa’s top 10 for the 4,000 meters with a time of 14:03.3 in the Hawkeye Invitational and is now ninth all-time.
- Junior Ian Eklin set a new school record for the 6,000 meters with a time of 18:10.7, placing 10th at the Hawkeye Invitational. Eklin surpasses current Hawkeye, Michael Melchert who set the previous record (18:12) at the 2016 Hawkeye Invitational.
- Nathan Mylenek also made it into the record book in 6,000 meters with a time of 18:26.4 in The Hawkeye Inviational. Mylenek finished 15th and is now fifth all-time for the Hawkeyes.
MEN’S TOP RUNNERS
Junior Ian Eklin and sophomore Nathan Mylenek are both running at the 2017 Woody Greeno Invite. This marks the first time both student-athletes have ran in this race. Eklin was Iowa’s top runner at the Hawkeye Invitational placing 10th with a time of 18:10.7, while Mylenek finished 15th with a time of 18:26.4. Eklin ran his 8,000 meter season best at last year’s Regional Preview with a time of 25:34.1. His collegiate best time is 25:02.7. Mylenek’s 2016 season-best and collegiate best 8,000 meters time is 25:09.3 at the Bradley Classic.
WOMEN’S TOP RUNNERS
Senior Madison Waymire and junior Andrea Shine will both be running in the Woody Greeno Invite for the Hawkeyes. Shine was the first finisher for Iowa at the Hawkeye Invitational finishing sixth with a time of 13:58.7. Waymire’s 14:03.3 time was good enough for eighth, and Iowa’s second finisher at this year’s Hawkeye Invitational. Shine’s 2016 6,000 meters best time was 21:47.6 at the NCAA Regional. Her collegiate best is 21:40.2 at the Bradley Pink Classic in 2015. Waymire had a time of 21:53.4 at the NCAA Regional last year for her season-best 6,000 meter time. Her collegiate best came at the 2015 Big Ten Championships when she ran a time of 21:08.8.
Freshman Noah Healy will run in his second-career race this weekend. The freshman was Iowa’s top newcomer finisher for the men in his Hawkeye debut. Healy finished 54th with a time of 19:27.4
Sophomore transfer, Maren Jeppson, was the Hawkeyes top newcomer finisher for the women in her Hawkeye debut at the Hawkeye Invitational. Jeppson finished 31st with a time of 15:18.5. The sophomore will run her in her second race at the Woody Greeno Invite.
NEXT UP FOR THE HAWKEYES
The Hawkeyes head to South Bend, Indiana, for the Norte Dame Invite on Sept. 29.
LINK UP WITH THE HAWKEYES
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