SJU Men's Track & Field BIO
John Podles
Player Profile:
John Podles 2268677
Position: Distance
Year: Junior
Hometown: Phoenix, Md.
High School: Calvert Hall College High
Personal Records 
Event Time Meet Host School Year
Outdoor 800m 2:05.68 Rider Invitational Rider 2016
Outdoor 1500m 4:04.80 Monmouth Opener Monmouth 2016
Indoor Mile
4:19.08 Giegengack Invitational Yale 2017
Indoor 3000m 8:31.37 Penn 8 Team Select Ocean Breeze 2017
Indoor 5000m 15:41.82 Penn State National Penn State 2017
Outdoor 3000S 9:18.70 Larry Ellis Invitational Princeton 2017

2017 IC4A Outdoor Championships: 3000m Steeplechase, 17th

Outdoor 2017:
Raced the 3000m steeplechase five times... Placed 17th (9:26.12) at the IC4A Championships... Finished 11th (9:39.40) at the Atlantic 10 Championships... Ran collegiate-best time of 9:18.70 for 13th overall at Princeton's Larry Ellis Invitational... Finished with a pair of back-to-back, 12th-place finishes at the Colonial Relays (9:25.82) and Princeton's Sam Howell Invitational (9:44.10)... Also raced the 4x1500m (16:22.57) at the Colonial Relays and added a 1500m performance (4:15.46) at the Lehigh Games... Named to SJU Athletic Director's Honor Roll.

Indoor 2016-17:
Raced the 3000m four times, mile three times, and 5000m once... Placed 22nd in the 3000m (9:10.83) at the Atlantic 10 Championships... Placed fourth in the 3000m (8:31.37 PR) at the Penn 8-Team Select... Finished 11th in the 3000m (8:38.10) at the Wagner Invitational... Capped season in the 3000m (9:00.22) for 16th at the Fastrack Last Chance Meet... Won the mile (4:27.66) in season debut at the Jack Pyrah Invitational... Placed ninth in the mile (4:19.08 PR) at Yale's Giegengack Invitational and 13th (4:26.67) at the Lehigh Angry Birds Meet... Placed 12th first collegiate 5000m (15:41.82) at the Penn State National Invitational.

Outdoor 2016: Placed 16th in the 3000m steeplechase (9:47.58) at the Atlantic 10 Championships... Won first collegiate 3000m steeplechase (9:33.49) at the Lehigh Games... Raced the 1500m three times to open the season, placing eighth (season-best 4:04.80) in season-debut at the Monmouth Season Opener... Raced both the 800 (2:05.68) and 1500m (4:12.07) at the Rider Invitational... Raced the 1500m (4:08.44) at the Widener Invitaitonal... Ran the first leg of the 4x1500m Relay at the Colonial Relays... Named to SJU Athletic Director's Honor Roll.

Indoor 2015-16: Placed 17th in the mile (4:33.85) at the Atlantic 10 Championships... Ran season-best mile (4:22.30) for 10th overall at Yale's Giegengack Invitational... Anchored second-place Distance Medley Relay (10:38.61) at the Lehigh Angry Birds Meet... Raced first collegiate track and field 3000m (8:45.08) at the NYC Gotham Cup... Made collegiate track and field debut at the Penn State Relays, placing 12th in the mile (4:26.82).

High School/Personal: Four-time MIAA Conference Championship medalist, earning bronze medals in the outdoor 1600m (2015), indoor 3200m (2015), and outdoor 4x800m relay (2014) and a fourth-place finish in the 2014 cross country 5k... As a senior, won the Spiked Shoe Cross Country Invitational and the 3200m at the Viking Track Invitational... Led cross country squad to third-place finish in 2014 and fifth-place finish in 2013 at the MIAA Cross Country Championships... 2014 All-MIAA Conference and All-Baltimore Metro selection for cross country... Concluded high school career with PRs in the 1600m (4:19), 3200m (9:30), and cross country 5k (15:47)... Earned nine varsity letters between indoor track (4), outdoor track (3), and cross country (2)... Senior team captain for all three squads... Also lettered in water polo and rugby... Member of the National Honor Society... Involved with orchestra and jazz band... Mother, Anita, played field hockey for Villanova... Sister, Claire, runs for the Saint Joseph's women's cross country and track and field teams... Majoring in business intelligence and analytics.


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