Sophomore Cross Country runner Alec Wick was named the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) runner of the week three times this season.
Wick is a mathematics major from Blair, NE. He devotes a lot of time to cross country and track. Wick stays busy in his fraternity, Alpha Pi Epsilon, and the Hansen Leadership program. He tutors at Crete High School.
Wick said that he ran cross country throughout high school. This is his second season running at Doane.
Wick said he started running when he was in first grade.
“I used to run to school, I lived a mile away from the elementary school,” he said.
Cross Country Coach Brad Jenny said Wick has worked hard to earn these honors.
“He takes care of himself and really puts himself in a position to run well,” he said.
Wick said that he made sure he ate well and got rest to be in shape for cross country. Wick also said he made sure to manage his time so he could find a healthy balance for academics and activities.
According to the GPAC website, Wick was the runner of the week on Sept. 17, Oct. 8 and Oct. 22.
“It’s been really exciting,” said Wick. “It’s been a great season.”
Staying healthy has been one of Wick’s advantages, Jenny said.
“We have dealt with a lot of illness this year. So, it has been a little frustrating but we are getting healthy at the right time,” Jenny said.
The team competed at the GPAC conference championships on Saturday and placed third.
Sophomore Evan Wick, who came in eighth place was the first Doane runner to cross the finish line. Alec came in 17th place. The average time for the team to finish the 8K track was 27 minutes.
Dordt College came in first place at the meet.
Though the cross country season is coming to an end, Jenny said the team will continue to keep busy. “Once we wrap up the cross country season they will take a short break,” he said. “And then start preparing for indoor track.”
Wick said he had high hopes for the indoor track season and hoped to continue doing well.
Indoor track and field begins at home on Jan. 12.