University of Iowa Athletics

Karson Sommer

Class Fr.
Hometown Bettendorf, Iowa
High School Pleasant Valley

2020 — Indoor – ran mile at Meyo Invite (4:14.71)… placed fourth in mile at Larry Wieczorek Invite (4:11.35) and Hawkeye Invite (4:16.50) while competing unattached… Academic All-Big Ten.

2019 — Indoor – did not compete… Outdoor – ran 800 meters at Mike Fanelli Track Classic (1:56.85) and 3,000 meters at Musco Twilight (8:37.83)… ran 1,500 meters at Bryan Clay Invite (3:49.52) and B1G Championships (3:52.17)… academic All-Big Ten… Dean’s List student… letterwinner... Cross Country – competed in five of seven races… posted season bests at Hawkeye Invite (19:09.3-6,000 meters) and B1G Championships (25:29.5-8,000 meters)… Academic All-Big Ten… … B1G Distinguished Scholar… Dean’s List student… letterwinner.

2018 — Indoor – ran collegiate-best 3,000 meters at Meyo Invite (8:20.17)… ran mile at ISU Classic (4:10.34)… Outdoor – ran 1,500 meters at Florida Relays (3:50.16) and Big Ten Championships (3:54.18)… Academic All-Big Ten… President’s List student… Dean’s List student… letterwinner… Cross Country – competed in all six races… ran collegiate bests at the Joe Piane Notre Dame Invitational (25:10.3-five miles) and Big Ten Championships (24:40.5-8,000 meters)… finished the NCAA Midwest Regional in second-scoring position (31:47.9-10,000 meters) for the Hawkeyes… Academic All-Big Ten… letterwinner.

2017 — Indoor – ran mile at Iowa State Classic (4:13.71) and Black & Gold Premier (4:14.10)… placed fourth in 800 meters at Iowa Open (1:58.02)… ran 3,000 meters at Meyo Invite (8:25.96), placing fifth at Larry Wieczorek Invite (8:27.00)… ran 1,000 meters at Hawkeye Invite (2:31.07) and mile at Border Battle (4:22.93)… Outdoor – redshirted… placed seventh in 3,000 meters at Musco Twilight (8:40.93) while competing unattached… President’s List and Dean’s List student… Cross Country – one of six Hawkeyes to compete in all six races… posted season best times at Hawkeye Invite (19:00.6-6,000 meters), Bradley Classic (25:45.2-8,000 meters) and NCAA Regional (30:43.36-10,000 meters)… Academic All-Big Ten… letterwinner.

2016 — Cross Country – ran season bests in 6,000 meters at Hawkeye Invite (19:15.6) and 10,000 meters at Regional Preview (26:04.4)… also competed at Bradley Classic (26:40.8-8,000 meters)… letterwinner.

High School — three-time all-conference and two-time all-district… named team’s most valuable runner in track his senior year… won conference title in 800 meters senior year… set school records in 1,600 meters, 3,200 meters and as part of 3,200-meter relay… 2016 National Merit Scholar.

Personal — born May 22, 1998… son of Kevin and Jill Sommer… has two brothers, Konner and Kole, and one sister, Lydia… mathematics, engineering major.

Sommer’s Collegiate Bests
Event Time Meet Date
Mile (I) 4:10.34 at Iowa State Classic 2/10/18
3,000 Meters (I) 8:20.17 at Meyo Invite 2/3/18
5,000 Meters (O) 15:26.15 at B1G Championships 5/13/18
6,000 Meters (CC) 19:00.6 Hawkeye Invitational 9/1/17
8,000 Meters (CC) 24:40.5 at B1G Championships 10/28/18
10,000 Meters (CC) 30:43.36 at NCAA Regional 11/10/17