Although the cross country season is well behind her, Sierra Howardson has found herself with another accolade in her debut with the Iowa Wesleyan University cross country team. After consulting the archive department and with assistance from many faithful members of Tiger Nation, it has been determined that Howardson is the new IW women’s cross country record holder for the 4000m (16:55.5) and the 6000m (23:34.9).
“To be given the opportunity to set two school records is truly a blessing. I am grateful to have had Coach Creal recruit me to run at Iowa Wesleyan, and I believe I was able to achieve this because of the support from my family, coach, team, campus community, and the Mt. Pleasant Community,” remarked Howardson.
Howardson had quite the impact on the young cross country team in her first year with the Tigers. In her first race of her collegiate career, she was the top individual runner after finishing twenty-one seconds ahead of second place. She continued to impress as the season continued and in just her third race of the year, she bested her personal record by 47 seconds.
“Hitting this milestone so early in my athletic career at IW has set the bar high for my future as a Tiger. I plan to use this success to motivate me to show NCAA Division III what Iowa Wesleyan brings to the table for cross country. I hope to improve as a member of Tiger Nation, not only on the course, but in the classroom as well,” Howardson continued.
She was a two-time SLIAC Runner of the Week recipient and was the Iowa Wesleyan September Student-Athlete of the Month. Howardson earned SLIAC First Team honors after finishing in seventh place individually.
Sierra will look to carry over the successes from this year as she continues to prepare for next season.