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Four Bulldogs Earn Cross Country’s Leadership Awards

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa – Reed Fischer, Emma Huston, Cole Friedman and Meghan Kearney have been named the recipients of the Drake men’s and women’s cross country team’s leadership awards for the 2015 season, head coach Dan Hostager has announced.Fischer, a native of Minnetonka, Minn., was named the recipient of the Fred Feiler Leadership Award following a tremendous junior season for the Bulldogs. Fischer was the Bulldogs’ top finisher in each meet he competed in and finished second at the Missouri Valley Conference Championship to earn first-team All-MVC and first team Academic All-MVC. He closed his season by finished 20th at the NCAA Midwest Region Championship to earn All-Region honors. The Fred Feiler Award is given annually to a team member who most exemplifies Drake cross country excellence in both performance and leadership. The award is named after Fred Feiler who was a three-time NCAA Cross Country All-American in 1944, 1945 and 1946 that twice won the NCAA individual championship in 1944 and 1945.  Feiler served as the team captain for all three of Drake’s NCAA Champion cross country team in 1944, 1945 and 1946. After graduating, Fred stayed at Drake to coach cross country and led that team to an Iowa AAU and Central Collegiate Championship and a third place showing at the NCAA Championships.  Fred later went on to teach and coach for 28 years in Yuma, Arizona.Huston, a Des Moines native, was honored with the Gary Osborn Leadership Award following a senior season in which she earned All-MVC honors by finishing fourth at the MVC Championship and later 17th at the NCAA Midwest Regional to lead the Bulldogs. During the course of the season, she ran one of the fastest 5-kilometer races in program history in 16:48.09 and the fastest 6-kilometer time in school history at 20:28. Academically, she earned the MVC Elite 18 Award for cross country and MVC Scholar-Athlete team honors. The award is given in honor of Gary Osborn, the head coach of the Drake women’s cross country program from 1989-99 who also assumed the head coaching duties of the women’s track & field program during the 1993-94 season. Under Osborn’s guidance, Drake won consecutive Missouri Valley Conference cross country titles in 1994 and 1995, as well as 1998. In all, Osborn spent 32 years involved in coaching at Drake. Osborn was named the MVC Cross Country Coach of the Year in 1983, when he guided Drake to within one point of the league title. Freshman Cole Friedman was named the Jim Garrison Leadership Award winner. The award is given to the freshman that best exemplifies the qualities of an up-and-coming Drake student-athlete. Friedman was one of the few freshmen to run in the Bulldogs’ top seven the entire season and was the seventh Bulldog across the line at the MVC Championship to finish in the top 60. He capped his season by being the third Drake runner across the line at the NCAA Midwest Regional Championship with a 10-kilometer personal best of 33:39.9. The award is given in honor of Jim Garrison, a four-year letter winner from 1984-88. A true student-athlete, Garrison posted a perfect 4.0 GPA in four of his eight semesters at Drake that began law school while still competing. For the women’s up-and-coming leadership award winner, Meghan Kearney was tabbed wit the Karla Burds leadership Award. Kearney was the Bulldogs’ top freshman runner, and the 12th fastest freshman in the league, at the MVC Championship with a 53rd-place finish and a personal best. The award’s namesake, Karla Burds, was a standout for the Bulldogs from 1988-92. She won the individual cross-country title at the 1988 and 1989 Missouri Valley Conference Championships. She also competed in the 1989 NCAA Cross Country Championships.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more