2008 — Indoor – anchored team-leading distance medley relay to eighth-place finish at Big Ten Championships (10:03.14)… that time ranks 10th in school history… placed 14th in 5,000 meters (14:49.63) at Big Ten Championships… ran season-best 3,000 meters (8:28.24) at Cyclone Classic… runner-up in 3,000 meters at UNI Open (8:34.90) and placed third in mile at Iowa Invite (4:15.86)… Outdoor – did not compete… academic all-Big Ten… University’s Robert F. Ray award winner… letterwinner…Cross Country – placed 21st at NCAA Midwest Regional (31:42) to earn all-region honors… ran collegiate-best 8,000 meters (23:24) at Auburn Invite, which ranks third in school history… placed 34th at Big Ten Championships (25:28)… also competed at Hawkeye Invite (18:51), Roy Griak Invite (25:25) and NCAA Pre-Nationals (24:45)… academic all-Big Ten… letterwinner.
2007 — Track – redshirted… Cross Country – did not compete due to academic requirement to compete in the Hawkeye Marching Band.
2006 — Indoor – provisionally qualified for NCAA Championships in 5,000 meters (14:13.41), placing fifth in that event at Big Ten Championships… that time ranks fourth in school history… led team in two miles (9:02.90)… set then-school record in 3,000 meters (8:08.79) at Meyo Invite… Outdoor – all-American… placed 11th in 10,000 meters (29:22.78) at NCAA Championships… provisionally qualified for NCAA meet in 10,000 meters at Stanford Invite with a collegiate best 28:50.23… that time led team and ranks second on Iowa[apos]s all-time bests list… placed third in 1,500 meters (3:58.08) at Musco Twilight VIII… ran third leg on 6,400-meter relay that placed 11th and set school record (16:55.43) at Drake Relays… placed eighth in 5,000 meters (14:20.04) at Big Ten Championships… academic all-Big Ten… U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association all-academic team selection… letterwinner… Cross Country – ran season-best 8,000 meters at NCAA Pre-Nationals (24:34) for 66th place … placed 10th (24:44) at Big Ten Championships, earning second team all-Big Ten honors… placed 17th (31:21) at NCAA Midwest Regional, earning all-region honors… led Iowa at NCAA Championships, placing 66th in 32:12… placed 47th (25:50) at Roy Griak Invite… academic all-Big Ten… letterwinner.
2005 — Indoor – NCAA provisional qualifier in 5,000 meters (14:14.34)… that time led team… placed 12th in 3,000 meters (8:19.90) at Big Ten Championships… Outdoor – ran collegiate-best 5,000 meters (14:04.79) at Stanford Invite… that time qualified for the NCAA regional and ranks fifth on Iowa[apos]s all-time bests list… led team in 1,500 and 5,000 meters… ran collegiate-best 1,500 meters (3:56.45) at Tom Botts Invite… placed sixth in 5,000 meters at Drake Relays (14:14.26), eighth at Big Ten Championships (14:41.39) and 10th at NCAA regional (14:27.21)… letterwinner… Cross Country – set 6,000-meter school and Ashton Course record (18:18) at Hawkeye Invite… led team in 6,000 (18:18) and 8,000 meters (24.17)… placed 10th (31:16) at NCAA Midwest Regional, earning all-region honors… first Hawkeye to cross finish line at Hawkeye Invite (18:18-1st), NCAA Pre-Nationals (24:17-22nd) and NCAA regional (31:16-10th)… placed 29th (25:24) at Big Ten Championships and 108th (31:22) at NCAA Championships… placed 13th at Murray Keatinge Invite (24:32) and 26th (24:58) at Griak Invite… academic all-Big Ten… letterwinner.
2004 — Cross Country – competed in all eight races… second Hawkeye to cross finish line in five races… placed 16th at Big Ten Championships (24:40), 28th at NCAA Midwest Regional (31:24.02) and 59th at NCAA Championships (32:27)… letterwinner.
High School — placed third in 3,200 meters at state meet senior year and fifth at state cross country meet as a junior… seven-time conference champion, winning five in track and two in cross country… set school record in outdoor 3,200 meters (8:55.4)… three-time all-conference and all-state… two-time team MVP… team co-captain as a junior and captain as a senior… four-year honor roll student, earning high academic honors as a senior… also participated in band, jazz band, pit orchestra and madrigal brass… coach was Andy Preuss.
Personal — born December 16, 1985… son of Chris MacTaggart and Barbara MacTaggart… his father ran track and cross country at Northern Illinois University… his brother, Bruce, also runs track and cross country at Iowa… attended same high school as Hawkeye teammate Dan Kuhlman… music major.
MacTaggart’s Collegiate Bests
|1,500 Meters (O)||3:56.45||at Tom Botts Invite||4/16/05|
|Mile (I)||4:15.42||at Carle/Health Alliance Invite||1/29/05|
|3,000 Meters (I)||8:08.79||at Meyo Invitational||2/4/06|
|5,000 Meters (O)||14:04.79||at Stanford Invite||3/25/05|
|6,000 (CC)||18:18||Hawkeye Invite||9/2/05|
|8,000 (CC)||23:24||at Auburn Invite||10/4/08|
|10,000 meters (O)||28:50.23||at Stanford Invite||4/1/06|
|10,000 meters (CC)||31:16||NCAA Regional||11/12/05|