Career Highlights — four-time All-American… five-time all-region honoree (three in cross country, two in track)… two-time Big Ten track champion… first women’s cross country runner to earn three all-region honors… set school record in 1,500 meters (4:17.41) and as part of indoor distance medley relay (11:20.11) and outdoor 6,400-meter relay (19:15.42)… 2008 Iowa’s female Big Ten Medal of Honor recipient… named Big Ten Women’s Track Athlete of the Week April 25, 2008, becoming the first Hawkeye track student-athlete to earn the honor in women’s school history… six-time academic all-Big Ten (three in cross country, three in track)… two-time USTFCCCA all-academic team member for cross country.
2008 — Indoor – Big Ten 3,000-meter champion (9:18.30), earning first team all-Big Ten honors… NCAA provisional qualifier in mile (4:41.07), 3,000 (9:17.50) and 5,000 meters (16:38.78), and as part of school-record setting distance medley relay (11:20.11)… led team in mile and 3,000 meters… her season-best 5,000 meters (16:38.78) ranks ninth in school history… placed seventh in 5,000 meters (16:39.04) at Big Ten Championships and 13th in 3,000 meters (9:37.54) at NCAA Championships… Outdoor – All-American, placing sixth in 10,000 meters (34:01.87) at NCAA Championships… Big Ten 10,000 meter champion (33:49.03), earning first team all-Big Ten honors… NCAA automatic qualifier in 10,000 meters with the collegiate-best 33:28.00 she ran at Stanford Invite… that time ranks third in school history… qualified for NCAA regional in 1,500 meters with a team-leading 4:26.62 and in 5,000 meters with a collegiate-best 16:08.83… the 5,000-meter time ranks third in school history… anchored school-record setting 6,400-meter relay (19:15.42) to seventh-place finish at Drake Relays… placed third in 5,000 meters (16:28.71) at Big Ten Championships… named Big Ten Women[apos]s Track Athlete of the Week April 25, becoming the first Hawkeye track student-athlete to earn the honor in women’s school history… Iowa’s female Big Ten Medal of Honor recipient… academic all-Big Ten… letterwinner.
2007 — Indoor – All-American, placing eighth in mile (4:49.07) at NCAA Championships… placed fifth in mile (4:47.03) and 3,000 meters (9:40.91) at Big Ten Championships… NCAA provisional qualifier in mile (4:41.18) and 3,000 meters (9:27.95)… led team in 800 meters (2:12.79), mile (4:41.18) and 3,000 meters (9:27.95)… the 3,000 and 800-meter times rank second and ninth, respectively, in school history… Outdoor – placed fifth in 1,500 meters (4:21.56) at NCAA regional to automatically qualify for NCAA Championships and earn all-region honors… her season-best 1,500-meter time of 4:20.92 led team… ran 4:21.44 in 1,500-meter prelims at NCAA Championships… qualified for NCAA regional in 1,500 meters (4:20.92) and 5,000 meters (16:18.74)… placed seventh in 1,500 meters (4:20.92) and eighth in 5,000 meters (16:48.50) at Big Ten Championships… won 1,500 meters in a meet record-setting 4:21.86 at Musco Twilight IX… placed seventh in special invitation 1,500 meters (4:22.54) at Drake Relays… also ran lead leg on distance medley relay that placed sixth (11:25.05) at Drake… that time ranks second in school history… academic all-Big Ten… letterwinner… Cross Country – All-American, placing 13th (20:37) at NCAA Championships… all-region, placing fifth at NCAA Midwest Regional with a collegiate-best 20:07 in 6,000 meters… first team all-Big Ten, placing fourth (20:08) at Big Ten Championships… placed 15th (20:38) at Pre-Nationals… runner-up at Hawkeye Invite (13:47-4,000 meters) and placed third at Auburn Invite (16:25-5,000 meters) with collegiate-best times… her collegiate bests times in the 4,000, 5,000 and 6,000 meters rank second in school history… team earned USTFCCCA all-academic honors… academic all-Big Ten… letterwinner.
2006 — Indoor – All-American… placed ninth in mile (4:46.65) at NCAA Championships… placed fourth in mile (4:46.23) at Big Ten Championships… ran collegiate-best mile (4:40.59) at Alex Wilson Invite to qualify for NCAA meet… that time led team and ranks second in school history… ran on runner-up distance medley relay (11:29.54) at Big Ten meet, which ranks fourth in school history… second team all-Big Ten… won mile at Iowa State Classic (4:45.43), Jack Johnson Classic (4:48.14) and Hawkeye Open (4:50.97)… Outdoor – runner-up in 1,500 meters (4:23.33) at NCAA regional, earning all-region honors… qualified for regional in 1,500 (4:17.41) and 5,000 meters (16:29.09)… set school record in 1,500 meters (4:17.41) with runner-up finish at Big Ten Championships… second team all-Big Ten… led team in 800 (2:10.15), 3,000 (9:28.03) and 5,000 meters (16:29.09)… the 1,500 and 3,000-meter times rank sixth and fifth, respectively, in school history… placed third in special invitation 1,500 meters (4:26.01) at Drake Relays… academic all-Big Ten… letterwinner… Cross Country – set then-school 6,000-meter record (20:34) with 13th-place finish at NCAA Pre-Nationals… earned all-region honors with eighth-place finish (21:05) at NCAA Midwest Regional… placed 43rd (21:33) at NCAA Championships… earned second team all-Big Ten honors, placing 13th (20:54) at Big Ten Championships… placed second at Hawkeye Open (10:01-3,000 meters) and Auburn Invite (16:26-5,000 meters)… the 3,000-meter time was a collegiate best that ranks second on Iowa[apos]s all-time bests list… team earned USTFCCCA all-academic honors… academic all-Big Ten… letterwinner.
2005 — Indoor – led team in mile (4:53.38)… placed 16th in 5,000 meters (17:29.42) at Big Ten meet… Outdoor – placed ninth in 1,500 meters (4:33.59) at NCAA regional… led team in 1,500 meters (4:27.10)… won 3,000 meters (9:49.70) at Musco Twilight VII… placed fifth in 1,500 (4:27.68) and 20th in 5,000 meters (17:29.53) at Big Ten meet… won 1,500 meters (4:33.61) at Shamrock Invite… ran on seventh-place distance medley relay (11:34.04) and seventh-place 3,200-meter relay (8:54.27) at Drake Relays… those times rank third and fourth, respectively, in school history… letterwinner… Cross Country – led team in 3,000 (10:25), 5,000 (17:04) and 6,000 meters (20:49)… placed ninth at NCAA regional (21:09), earning all-region honors… placed 79th (20:56) at NCAA Championships… first Hawkeye to cross finish line in six races… set then-school and Ashton Course 3,000-meter record with her winning 10:25 at Hawkeye Invite… placed second (17:04) at Willamette Invite, 16th (21:43) at Big Ten meet and 22nd (20:49) at NCAA Pre-Nationals… team earned USTFCCCA all-academic honors… academic all-Big Ten… letterwinner.
2004 — Cross Country – competed in five races… placed third (14:34-4,000 meters) at Hawkeye Triangular … ran season best 5,000 meters (18:01:30) at Murray Keatinge Invite… finished 24th (22:02) in 6,000 meters at Big Ten Championships and 36th (21:39:04) at NCAA regional… team earned USTFCCCA all-academic honors… letterwinner.
High School — three-time state runner-up and district champion in cross country… three-time state and district champion in 1,500 and 3,000 meters… four-time first team all-state in cross country and track… named third team all-West at the Foot Locker meet as a junior… set school records in 1,500 meters (4:35), 3,000 meters (9:53) and cross country 5,000 meters (17:24)… four-time team MVP in cross country and track… two-time cross country team captain… National Honor Society member… named Multinomal Athletic Club Scholar Athlete… coaches were Paul Zitzelberger and Brent MacDermot.
Personal — born January 6, 1986… daughter of Danny and Diana Armstrong… integrative psychology major.
Armstrong’s Collegiate Bests
|800 Meters (O)||2:10.15||at Tom Botts Invite||4/15/06|
|1,500 Meters (O)||4:17.41||at Big Ten Championships||5/14/06|
|Mile (I)||4:40.59||at Alex Wilson Invite||3/4/06|
|3,000 Meters (I)||9:17.50||at Big Ten Championships||3/1/08|
|3,000 Meters (CC)||10:01||Hawkeye Open||9/9/06|
|4,000 Meters (CC)||13:47||Hawkeye Invite||9/15/07|
|5,000 Meters (O)||16:08.83||at Cardinal Invite||5/4/08|
|5,000 Meters (CC)||16:25||at Auburn Invite||9/30/07|
|6,000 Meters (CC)||20:07||at NCAA Regionals||11/11/07|
|10,000 Meters (0)||33:28.00||at Stanford Invite||4/4/08|