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WSU Cross Country BIO
John Whelan
Player Profile:
John Whelan 1725440
Position: Distance
Year: Junior
Hometown: Etna, Calif.
High School: Etna HS
Experience: High School

WSU CAREER. SOPHOMORE (2014-15): Cross Country - Third on team and fifth overall at Clash of the Inland Northwest with a 6k time of Sundodger 8k finished fourth overall and second on team in time of 24:08...second Cougar and 15th overall at Stanford Invite 8k in time of 24:08...second Cougar finisher at Pre-Nats Blue Race 8k at 64th (25:13.7)...finished third on team and 8th overall at Pac-12 Championships with 8k time of 24:53...second Cougar and 54th overall at NCAA West Region with 10k time of 30:32.5…named to Pac-12 All-Academic cross country first team…Indoor - Ran PR time in 3000m of 8:25.31i at UW Invite (1/31/15, Seattle)…at Husky Classic ran PR 5k time of 14:30.20i (2/13/15, Seattle)…at MPSF finished 37th in 3k (8:31.40) and 22nd in 5k (14:47.17)…Outdoor - Cracked 4-minutes in 1500m with a time of 3:55.62 at SCC WAR VII (4/11/15, Spokane)…PR time of 29:43.41 in 10k at Mt. SAC Relays (4/17/15, Walnut)…DNF in 5k at Pac-12 Championships…named Pac-12 All-Academic track and field first team.

FRESHMAN (2013-14): Cross Country - Solid first season of collegiate competition…ninth overall, fourth on team at Clash of the Inland Northwest 6k (18:50)...fourth Cougar, 20th overall at Sundodger Invitational 8k (24:29.45)...second Cougar, 80th overall at Notre Dame Invitational five-mile (25:37.2)...finished 10th overall, fourth Cougar at Inland Empire Classic 8k (24:06)...third Cougar, 30th overall at Pac-12 Championships 8k (26:01)...finished 75th overall, fourth Cougar at NCAA West Regional Championships 10k (31:27)…Indoor - Best 3000m time of 8:36.48i came at Cougar Indoor (2/1/14, Pullman)…top mile time of 4:17.97i came at Vandal Indoor (2/7/14, Moscow)…ran 5000m time of 14:43.38i was at Husky Classic (2/14/14, Seattle)…Outdoor - Ran 5000m PR time of 14:17.80 at Stanford Invite (4/4/14)…PR in 10k of 29:54.72 came at Mt. SAC Relays (4/17/14, Walnut)…at WSU-UW Dual meet ran 3k PR time of 8:34.40 (5/3/14, Pullman)…finished 15th in the 10k the Pac-12 Championships in Pullman (32:53.72).

HIGH SCHOOL CAREER. Earned eight varsity letters at Etna High…four letters in cross country and four in track, all under the tutelage of coach Les Helsley…during cross country career was three-time Shasta Cascade League champion…at North Section California Interscholastic Federation (NSCIF) Championships took 53rd and eighth place before winning title as junior and successfully defending that title as a senior…at CIF Division 5 State Meet took 33rd as sophomore, seventh as junior and was runner-up as senior…fall of 2012 finished 16th at Footlocker West Regional…on the track, captured league titles in the 800m three times, in the 1600m three times and in the 3200m four times…added one 4x400m relay title senior year…boys team won Shasta Cascade title junior and senior seasons…at NSCIF meet in the 3200m races placed sixth as freshman, runner-up sophomore and junior years and won the title as senior with school record time of 9:28.20…as senior advanced to CIF State Championship and ran PR time of 9:15.36 in 14th-place finish…PR time in 1600m of 4:22.79 in school record.

PERSONAL. Born in April 1995, in Medford, Oregon…father Jim is a retired fisheries biologist…mother Karen is a dental hygienist…enjoys backpacking, fishing and biking…senior class president…ASB public relations officer…graduated with 4.24 GPA…class Valedictorian…majoring in biology at WSU.

Mile - 4:17.97i (2014)
1500m - 3:55.62 (2015)
3000m - 8:25.31i (2015)
5000m - 14:17.80 (2014)
10,000m - 29:43.41 (2015)

2015 5,000m DNF
2014 10,000m 15th 32:53.72

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