Luther senior Isaac Jensen capped off a brilliant career earning All-America honors (top-35) for the first time of his career at the 2016 NCAA III National Cross Country Championships this afternoon in Louisville, Kentucky. The 8K course was located at E.P. Tom Sawyer Park.
Jensen posted a time of 24:37.9 and placed 10th from the field of 278 competitors. Jensen's 10th place finish is the highest finish by a Luther runner at the national championships since David McKay posted an eighth place finish in 2008. He also becomes the sixth runner in Luther history to post a top-10 finish. The other five were Gene Tackle who did it twice (1964 - 3rd, 1965 - 1st), Steve Murray (1974 - 10th), Mark Glessner (1980 - 6th), Mark Sundet (1996 - 9th), and McKay.
Earlier this year, Jensen was the Iowa Conference MVP after winning the individual title at the conference championships Oct. 29. Two weeks later, he qualified for the national championships for a second time placing second behind Mason Tope of Loras College at the Central Regional. Tope placed 33rd (24:53.2) this afternoon. Last year, Jensen placed 47th at the national finale.
Jensen completes his career as a two-time national meet qualifier, a 2016 All-American, three-time all-Central Region performer, Iowa Conference champion, and a three-time all-conference performer.
Jensen is a 2013 graduate of Iowa City West High School and the son of Chris and Sheral Jensen of Iowa City, Iowa.