University of Iowa Athletics
Distance

Molly Esche

Class Sr.
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[apos]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