IOWA CITY, Iowa– University of Iowa Student-Athletes Academic Services (SAAS) has recognized senior Megan Gustafson (women’s basketball) and junior Nate Mylenek (men’s track and field/cross country) as November’s female and male student-athletes of the month.
The honor, voted by their peers, recognizes student-athletes who have excelled not only in their sports, but in the classroom as well.
Gustafson averaged 23.7 points and 12.2 rebounds per game in the month of November. She shot 75.3 percent from the field and 77.8 percent from the free throw line in six games. She was named Big Ten Player of the Week for four consecutive weeks to begin the season. Gustafson registered her 2,000th career rebound in Iowa’s, 104-67, win over Western Kentucky on Nov.13. She scored 17 points and pulled down six rebounds in the fourth quarter to lead Iowa to a 24-point comeback against No. 25/20 West Virginia – the biggest comeback in Big Ten history. Gustafson ended the game with 28 points and 16 rebounds for her fourth double-double of the season.
Gustafson and the Hawkeyes take on Iowa State in the Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series tonight at 7 p.m. (CT).
Mylenek was the first cross country runner to make the NCAA Championships since Jim Thode in 2011. He placed third at the NCAA Midwest Regionals in Peoria, Illinois, and had the best finish since Micah VanDenend won in 2006. Mylenek also led the Hawkeyes for the third time this season at the NCAA Regionals.
Mylenek and the Hawkeyes kick off their indoor season this Saturday, hosting the Jimmy Grant Invitational inside the UI Recreation Building with running events starting at 4:30 p.m. (CT).