The University of Iowa men’s and women’s cross country teams travel to Columbus, Ohio, to compete at the 2019 Big Ten Championships on Sunday. The women’s 6,000-meter race begins at 9:45 a.m. (CT). The men’s 8,000 meters begins at 10:45 a.m. (CT). The race is held at Ohio State University Golf Club.
OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY GOLF CLUB
Home course to the Ohio State Buckeyes, the golf club is rated as one of the top collegiate courses in the nation. This is the first time in 12 years Ohio State has hosted the event. Parking for the championship will be located at 3600 Tremont Road, the Upper Arlington Municipal Building. Overflow parking will be open at Buckeye Lot 4. Admission and parking are free for the event.
HOW TO FOLLOW
Results are posted on the Iowa cross country Twitter account: @Iowa XC_TF and online at http://pttiming.com/events/87931609
HAWKEYES CONTINUE TO FIGHT
The women’s team placed 24th at the Pre-National Invitational on Oct. 19. Senior Megan Schott was the top female runner for the Hawkeyes, placing 70th. The men finished 10th, placing above three nationally rank teams, Oklahoma State (14), Indiana (15), and Arkansas (27). Senior Nathan Mylenek led the men’s team for the fourth straight week and recorded a new personal best in the 8,000 meters (23:53).
IN THE RANKINGS
The women rank eighth in the USTFCCCA Week 5 polls behind fellow Big Ten teams Illinois (1) and Minnesota (3). Iowa ranks above Nebraska (13) and Northwestern (14). The men stay at fourth in the polls for the second week in a row. They rank first among Big Ten teams in their conference, with Minnesota trailing in fifth, Nebraska (7), and Illinois (10). The men’s team received a vote in the national polls on Oct. 8 for the first time since 2009.
MYLENEK NAMED BIG TEN ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
After leading Iowa to a first-place finish at the Hawkeye Invitational on Sept. 6, Nathan Mylenek was named Big Ten Athlete of the Week. The Big Ten weekly honor is the first of Mylenek’s career, and the first by a Hawkeye men’s cross country runner since Jeff Thode won the award in 2010.
TOP HAWKEYE FINISHER
Senior Nathan Mylenek has been the men’s top finisher eight races in a row. The last time this was accomplished was in 2010-2011 by Jeff Thode.
MEN’S TOP RUNNERS
Senior Nathan Mylenek returns this week as the men’s top finisher from the Pre-National Invitational on Oct. 19. He placed 20th overall out of 257 individuals. Mylenek ran a personal best (23:53) in the 8,000 meters. This time earned him a spot (9th) on the Top 10 All-Time Best list. Sophomore Spencer Smith is the men’s second top returner, recording a new personal best (24:34) at Pre-Nationals. The men finished sixth overall at the 2018 Big Ten Championships.
WOMEN’S TOP RUNNERS
Senior Megan Schott finished 70th overall at the Pre-National Invitational on Oct. 19. Looking towards Sunday, Schott is the Hawkeyes top women’s returner in the 6,000 meters with a career best (21:02) at the Bradley “Pink” Classic on Oct. 12, 2018. Freshman Leah Kralovetz is the women’s second top performer placing 92nd at Pre-Nationals with a new personal best in the 6,000 meters (21:24). The women finished ninth overall at the 2018 Big Ten Championships.
Freshman Leah Kralovetz was the second finisher, with a new personal best (21:24), for the Hawkeye women at the Pre-National Invite on Oct. 19 Terre Haute, Indiana. Kralovetz was the only freshman to run for the Hawkeyes in the blue division at Pre-Nationals. Junior transfer Elyse Prescott placed 123 at Pre-Nationals, third for the Hawkeye women. She recorded a personal best in the 6,000 meters (21:40).
NEXT UP FOR THE HAWKEYES
The Hawkeyes will travel to the NCAA Regionals on Nov. 15 in Stillwater, Oklahoma.
LINK UP WITH THE HAWKEYES
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