IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa Student-Athletes Academic Services (SAAS) named senior Nathan Mylenek (cross country) and junior Maddy Murphy (field hockey) Student-Athletes of the Month for October.
Mylenek earns this honor in back-to-back months for the men’s cross country team. With NCAA Regionals on Nov. 15, Mylenek enters the meet as the Hawkeye’s top finisher for the ninth meet in a row. This is a first for the men’s team since Kevin Herd in 1993. This season, Mylenek has jumped up on two All-Time Top 10 lists for the Hawkeyes, third for the 6,000 meters and ninth on the 8,000 meter list. On Nov. 3, Mylenek finished 10th at the Big Ten Championship and earned back-to-back All-Big Ten Honors.
The Hawkeyes travel to Stillwater, Okla. on Nov. 15 to compete for NCAA Regionals. The women will race at 10:30 a.m. and the men follow at 11:30 a.m.
Murphy, a native of Tasmania, earns the first student-athlete of the month honor for the women’s field hockey team. Murphy recorded six goals in October, including her second career hat trick against Indiana on Oct. 18. She leads the team in goals (12) and 36 points this season, tied third in the Big Ten in goals and fourth in goals per game. She tallied four assists in October, including two against Rutgers (Oct. 4) and one against Penn State (Oct. 13) and Indiana (Oct. 18). Murphy has started in all 20 games so far this season. On Nov. 10, Murphy scored the game winning goal in overtime for the Hawkeyes in the Big Ten Championship game against Penn State.
The Hawkeyes received an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. They will play Duke on Friday, Nov. 15 in Raleigh, N.C. at 1:30 p.m. (CT).