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After two seasons as one of the top junior college runners in the country at Indian Hills Community College former Clear Creek Amana standout Nick O’Connor is coming a little closer to home.
O’Connor announced his commitment to continue his career at the University of Iowa on Sunday with a post on social media.
“Going the junior college route was a great option for me. I met a numerous amount of friends and learned a lot of useful skills. I’m very grateful for everyone and everything that has helped me improve to where I am today,” O’Connor wrote on Twitter. “I would like to thank Coach Robison, Wilson, Larrison and Ewing for everything you’ve done for me. I would also like to thank Coach Woody and Wakenight for the opportunity to live out my dream. With that being said, I’m excite to continue my academic and track career at the University of Iowa.”
O’Connor was a two-time national qualifier at Indian Hills finishing 43rd at the National Junior College Athletic Association Championship last week in a time of 26:19.5.
The 43rd place finish O’Connor helped Indian Hills to a 12th place team finish, the second best in program history.
As a freshman at Indian Hills O’Connor became the third all-American in program history placing 18th at the national meet in a time of 26:17.19.
As a prep at Clear Creek Amana O’Connor was one of the most decorated distance runners in program history.
O’Connor was the first four-time state cross country qualifier in Clear Creek Amana history placing 11th at the Class 3A state meet as a senior while helping the Clippers to a runner-up finish.
On the track O’Connor was a four-year state qualifier and three-time state medalist.