University of Iowa Athletics

Molly Esche

Class Jr.
Hometown Waukesha, Wis.
High School West

2008 — Indoor – placed 22nd in 3,000 meters with a collegiate-best 10:20.07 at Big Ten Championships… Outdoor – placed 16th in 1,500 meters (4:52.85) at Auburn Classic and seventh in 3,000 meters (10:47.78) at Iowa Invite… academic all-Big Ten… letterwinner.

2007 — Indoor – ran season-best mile (5:11.84) at Hawkeye Invite, 3,000 meters (10:27.14) at Meyo Invite and 5,000 meters (18:08.67) at Iowa State Classic… Outdoor – placed seventh with season-best 3,000 meters (10:22.11) at Missouri Relays… ran season-best 1,500 meters (4:57.20) at Aztec Classic… academic all-Big Ten… letterwinner… Cross Country – placed 70th at Big Ten Championships with a collegiate-best 22:18 (6,000 meters)… placed 22nd with a collegiate-best 14:49 (4,000 meters) at Hawkeye Invite… placed 38th (18:10-5,000 meters) at Auburn Invite… academic all-Big Ten… team earned USTFCCCA all-academic honors… letterwinner.

2006 — Indoor – ran collegiate-best 17:46.19 in 5,000 meters at Iowa State Classic… also ran collegiate-best mile (5:11.82) at Husker Invite and season-best 3,000 meters (10:23.54) at Jack Johnson Classic… placed 25th in 5,000 meters (18:29.45) at Big Ten Championships… Outdoor – redshirted… academic all-Big Ten… letterwinner…Cross Country – placed 60th (22:56) at Big Ten Championships, 92nd (23:14) at NCAA Midwest Regional and 247th (24:25) at NCAA Championships… ran collegiate bests at Hawkeye Open (10:53-3,000 meters and Auburn Invite (17:50-5,000 meters)… academic all-Big Ten… team earned USTFCCCA all-academic honors… letterwinner.

2005 — Indoor – placed 18th in 3,000 meters (10:28.90) at Big Ten Championships… ran season-best mile (5:15.87) at Gold Country Classic… Outdoor – placed 17th in 10,000 meters with a collegiate-best 38:45.97 at Big Ten meet… ran collegiate-best 1,500 meters (4:52.56) at Jim Duncan Invite… letterwinner… Cross Country – ran season-best 6,000 meters (22:27) at NCAA Pre-Nationals … also placed seventh at Hawkeye Invite (10:54) and 34th (18:13) at Willamette Invite, with season best performances… placed 53rd (23:16) at Big Ten Championships and 69th (23:16) at NCAA regional… academic all-Big Ten… team earned USTFCCCA all-academic honors… letterwinner.

2004 — Cross Country — competed in five races… placed 57th at Murray Keating Invite (19:10.00), 81st at Big Ten Championships (23:56) and 121st at NCAA regional (23:16.94)… team earned USTFCCCA all-academic honors… letterwinner.

High School — ran on two-time conference champion two-mile relay… placed sixth in 3,200 meters at state track meet and 14th at state cross country meet senior year… three-time first team all-conference in cross country and six-time in track… Foot Locker all-Midwest cross country team selection… team co-captain and MVP in cross country and track senior year… coaches were Chris Ramsey, John Chandler and Jenny Bangle.

Personal — born December 28, 1985… daughter of Phil and Jeanne Esche… older brother Matt ran on the Iowa men’s cross country and track teams… communication studies major.

Esche’s Collegiate Bests

Event Time Meet Date
Mile (I) 5:11.82 at Husker Invitational 2/4/06
1,500 Meters (O) 4:52.56 at Jim Duncan Invite 4/16/05
3,000 Meters (I) 10:20.07 at Big Ten Championships 3/1/08
3,000 Meters (CC) 10:53 Hawkeye Open 9/9/06
4,000 Meters (CC) 14:49 Hawkeye Invite 9/15/07
5,000 Meters(I) 17:46.19 at Iowa State Classic 2/11/06
5,000 Meters (CC) 17:50 at Auburn Invite 9/30/06
6,000 Meters (CC) 22:18 at Big Ten Championships 10/29/07
10,000 Meters (O) 38:45.97 at Big Ten Championships 5/13/05