University of Iowa Athletics

Lara Kallem

Class Gr.
Hometown Dallas Center, Iowa
High School Dallas Center-Grimes
Lara Kallem - Women's Cross Country - University of Iowa Athletics

Honors & Awards — NCAA National Qualifier (2023)… All-Midwest Region Team (2023)… Two-time A-R-C All-Conference Team (2022-23)… Two-time USTFCCCA All-Academic Individual (2022-23)… Three-time A-R-C All-Academic Team (2021-23)… SC ESPY Female Record-Breaking Athlete of the Year (2023-24)… Team MVP (2023)… Co-Team MVP (2022)… Four time letterwinner (2020-23).

2024 at Simpson — Track — Qualified to her first national track and field championships with a school record 5,000 meter time of 17:12.71 indoors… qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the 10,000 meters… became the first woman to break 17 minutes in the 5,000 meters with a time of 16:57.88 in the outdoor season at the Wis.-Platteville Invitational… set a school record in the 10,000 meters with a time of 35:10.24 at the Phil Esten Challenge, winning the race… earned her first all-conference honor in the 10,000 meters, finishing second at the A-R-C Outdoor Championships… ran the sixth-fastest 1,500 meters in school history with a time of 4:43.72 at the Kip Janvrin Open…

2023 at Simpson — Track — Broke the school record in the outdoor 5,000 meters at the Kip Janvrin Open with a time of 17:37.20… ran a 18:12.95 in the indoor 5,000 meters at the A-R-C Indoor Championships, the second-fastest time in school history… took fourth place in the 10,000 meters at the A-R-C Outdoor Championships with a time of 38:15.56, also fourth in school history … Cross Country – Qualified for the NCAA Championships after a 15th place finish at the NCAA Midwest Regional… earned all-region accolades with a career-best 21:58.1 at the regional meet… became the first athlete since 2009-10 to earn back-to-back all-conference honors after a ninth-place finish at the conference meet… led the team in all seven races on the year… recorded four top 10 individual finishes on the year… named as an USTFCCCA All-Academic Individual for the second straight year…honored as the SC ESPY Record-Breaking Athlete of the Year.

2022 at Simpson — Track — Ran a career-best 19:07.11 in the 5000 meters at the Kip Janvrin Open, the second-fastest by a Storm runner on the year… ran a career-best 11:20.70 in the 3000 meters at the Central Dutch Invite… Cross Country – Ran in five races for the Storm, finishing first on the team in three of them… finished in 36th overall at the NCAA Midwest Regional to lead the Storm, the highest individual finish at a regional meet since 2010… took 14th at the A-R-C Championships to earn all-conference honors… ran a career-best 22:57.1 at the Platte River Rumble in the 6k, the fastest 6k time by a Storm runner since 2015… finished second at the Bill Buxton Invite with a career-best 4k time of 16:23.1… received All-Academic Individual honors from the USTFCCCA.

2021 at Simpson — Track — Clocked a career-best in the 1500 meters by running a 5:20.12… Cross Country – Named to A-R-C All-Academic Team… competed in all six meets, finishing top-4 among Storm runners in each… produced her best 6K mark of the season at the Jim Drews/Tori Neubauer Invitational, 23:43.6, while finishing first on the team

2020 at Simpson — Cross Country – Raced in all five meets for the Storm as a rookie… finished first on the team in two races with a fourth-place overall performance in the Coe Triangular… ended in the top two on Simpson at every meet… tallied three top-seven overall finishes during the season… ran to a 29th-place finish at the American Rivers Conference Championships.

High School — Three-time state qualifier in cross country (2016, 2018, 2019)… coached by Justin Droppert and Heather Every… National Honor Society Silver Cord Volunteer.

Personal — Born April 5, 2002… Daughter of Eric and Crystal Kallem… Majored in mathematics with minors in data analytics, women and gender studies, and honors at Simpson…