Event: 1500m, 3000m, 3000m SC, 5000m, Half Marathon, Marathon, Cross Country
Hometown: Gardiner, MT
College/University Competed for: Idaho State University
3000m SC: 8:36.69
1/2 marathon: 67:28
Marathon: 2:27:20 (Boston)
2012 Olympic Trails Qualifier and Competitor 3000m steeplechase
2011 USA Track and Field National Championship Qualifier 3000m steeplechase (Ranked 9th in US)
2011 USA Road Mile National Championship Qualifier
Indoor 3000m 8:03.31 (January 2011, USA Indoor A Standard)
3000m Steeplechase 8:36.69 (May 2011, USA A Standard)
2010 NCAA Track and Field National Championship Qualifier 3000m steeplechase
NCAA Academic All American
Big Sky Champion and Six time Big Sky All Conferece
2010 Idaho State Outstanding Student Achievement in Athletics and Academics Award Recipient
Idaho State Cross Country MVP
8 time Montana High School State Champion
2005 Bozeman Chronicle High School Athlete of the Year
2005 Member of team USA for the Junior World Mountain Running Championships (hosted by Italy)
Post Collegiate Distance Coach, Big Brother
John was born and raised in Gardiner MT, the son of a carpenter and the youngest in a family of four. Growing up he was heavily involved in many sports and John got got his start in running at 8 years old by entering a local road race. He had a knack for running and endurance sports and from that point on he was hooked.
Running opened the door to compete in collegiate athletics and professionally. Along the way he has accomplished many of his goals, a few of his dreams, and he has learned valuable lessons that he carries with himself in all that he does. A valuable thing he has learned is, one’s greatest achievements in life are not those that are the most highly esteemed in the eyes of society, but are those that open the most doors of opportunity.
He has put in over 30,000 miles in training, and has run hundreds of races. God willing, he hopes to be blessed to continue in the pursuit as it brings joy to each day, hopefully in more lives than just his own.