1999: Competed in three meets for the Illini ? Ran season?s best 8K time of 25:54.25 at the Illinois Invitational, finishing in 15th place overall ? Finished 21st at the Pre-Regional meet.
1998: Competed in two meets, the Illinois Invitational and Saluki Invitational ? Ran fourth for the team at the Saluki Invitational and ninth at the Illinois Invitational ? Personal best 8K time of 25:38 came at the Saluki Invitational.
High School: Earned six letters at Rantoul: two in cross country and four in track ? Conference, regional and sectional cross country champion ? Conference and sectional champion in the 1,600m run ? All-conference and all-state in cross country and track his senior year.
Personal: Born July 23, 1980 ? Parents are Steve Kurtz and Lynn Crandall ? Majoring in aeronautical and aerospace engineering.