SJU Men's Cross Country BIO
John Podles
Player Profile:
John Podles 2268677
Year: Junior
Hometown: Phoenix, Md.
High School: Calvert Hall College High
Personal Records
Event Time Meet Course Location Year
15:45 TCNJ Blue/Gold Rosedale Park Pennington, N.J. 2015
6k 21:01.5 Big 5 Invitational Belmont Plateau Philadelphia, Pa. 2015
8k 26:00 Paul Short Open Race Goodman Campus Bethlehem, Pa. 2017
8.4k 28:41.6 Spiked Shoe Blue/White Golf University Park, Pa. 2016

2016: Raced three times... Opened season at the Harry Groves Spiked Shoe Invitational 5.2-mile race, placing 77th in a field of 110 in a collegiate-best time of 28:41.6... Closed season with a pair of 8k races... Ran collegiate-best 8k time (27:51.5) in the open race of the Paul Short Run... Closed season with an 8k time of 28:38.3 at the Lafayette Leopard Invitational... Named to SJU Athletic Director's Honor Roll.

2015: Raced in six meets... Finished 27th in the five-mile run (29:35.8) at the open race of the IC4A Championship... Turned in season-best 8k (27:55) in the open race of the Paul Short Run... Placed 68th at the Lafayette Leopard Invitational 8k (28:27.08) and 85th at the Iona Meet of Champions 8k (29:03.3)... Raced first collegiate 6k (21:01.5) for 60th at the Big 5 Invitational... Finished ninth in collegiate debut at the TCNJ Blue/Gold Invitational 5k (15:45) to finish as SJU's #3 runner... Named to SJU Athletic Director's Honor Roll.

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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