IOWA CITY, Iowa — Junior Nathan Mylenek makes the trek to Madison, Wisconsin, to compete at the 2018 NCAA Cross Country Championships on Saturday. He is the first Hawkeye to advance to the NCAA Finals since Jeff Thode in 2011.
“Nate has done a tremendous job staying hungry and focused,” Iowa head coach Randy Hasenbank said. “He’s very coachable. For a guy that’s as fast, explosive and aggressive as he is, he’s learned to be patient.”
Mylenek qualified for the championships after finishing third and earning all-region honors at the NCAA Regionals in Peoria, Illinois, on Nov. 9. He is Iowa’s best regional finisher since Micah VanDenend won the race in 2006.
Under muddy circumstances, Mylenek paced himself with top runners from Iowa State and Oklahoma State, putting him in good field position early in the race. He was the first individual to cross the finish line that will not compete as a part of a team in this weekend’s race.
The 10,000-meter race begins at 11:45 a.m. (CT) on Saturday at Thomas Zimmer Championship Cross Country Course. Live results can be found on UWBadgers.com, and there will be a live stream on FloTrack.