Men's Track

Jacob Nachel
Jacob Nachel


Western Springs, Ill.

High School:
Lyons Township HS




2008 Track & Field
Outdoor: Competed in 5,000m at the NCAA Mideast Regional Championships ... Was third in the 5,000m at the Big Ten Championships (14:31.34) ... Also scored in the 10,000m at Big Ten's, placing eighth (31:11.86) ... Ran personal-best time of 14:11.93 in the 5,000m in placing fifth at the Mt. SAC Relays ... Won 1,500m title at the SIU Spring Classic with season-best time of 3:58.44. Indoor: Took ninth in the 5,000m at the Big Ten Championships (14:40.79) ... Won 5,000m title at the New Balance Invitational (14:29.24) ... Timed personal-best 14:13.49 in the 5,000m at the Husky Classic.

2007 Track & Field
Outdoor: Competed in the 5,000m at the Big Ten Championships, placing 12th ... Ran a season-best 14:19.10 in the 5,000m to take fifth at the Stanford Invite ... Placed second in the 5,000m at the Kansas Relays ... Took second in the 1,500m at the Illinois Invite with a career-best 3:56.39. Indoor: Competed in the 5,000m at the Big Ten Championships, placing 11th ... Ran a personal-best 8:21.14 in the 3,000m at the Iowa State Classic.

Cross Country Highlights
2008: Redshirted. 2007: Won the Illini Challenge with a 6K time of 18:15 for his first collegiate meet victory ... Ran a career-best 8K time of 23:50 at Pre-Nationals that ranks as fourth-fastest in Illinois history, also earning All-Region honors.

High School
2006 state champion in the 3200m ... All-State at the 2005 Class AA cross country meet (11th place) ... High school coach was Michael Kuharic.

Full name is Jacob Robert Nachel ... Born April 19, 1988 ... Son of Jim and Gail Nachel ... Has one sister, Nicole ... Majoring in biology ... Nickname is "Nacho" ... Enjoys running and playing ultimate frisbee ... Biggest thrill in sports is "outkicking someone at the end of a race" ... His former coach has been the most influential person in his athletic career because he got him into running and taught him everything he knows.

Nachel's Personal Bests
1,500m (Outdoor): 3:56.39
3,000m (Indoor): 8:21.14
5,000m (Indoor): 14:13.49
5,000m (Outdoor): 14:11.93