Finished fourth for the Illini and 72nd overall at the NCAA Midwest Regional Championship ... Competed at the Big Ten Championships for the Orange and Blue and placed 46th overall ... Finished third for Illinois at Pre-Nationals ... Ran a personal-best 8K time of 24:57 at the Wisconsin Inter-Regional, placing third for the Illini ... Helped lead the Illini to a second-place finish at the Illinois Intercollegiate, placing third for the Orange and Blue and 15th overall ... Scored for Illinois at four of five meets.
A solid contributor as a true freshman, having an immediate impact for the team ... Ran in every meet for the Illini, finishing in the top three for the squad four times ... Placed first for the Orange and Blue at the NCAA Midwest Regional.
Runner-up in the 3200m at the 2008 Illinois AA State Track and Field Championships ... Ran the sixth-fastest 3200m indoor time in the nation in 2008 ... 2008 Prep Top Times Indoor Classic Champion in the 3200m ... Took seventh at the 2007 Illinois 3A Cross Country Championships to earn All-State honors, competing at the state meet all four years of high school.
Born June 29, 1990 ... Parents are Matthew and Diane Troester ... Has three siblings, Rachel, Matthew and Ian ... Member of the National Honor Society and a 2008 Illinois State Scholar ... Past summer jobs included umpiring baseball games and working in sales ... Lists winning races as his biggest thrill in sports ... Enrolled in the general curriculum.
Troester's Personal Bests
Track & Field 6K: 18:49 - Illini Challenge (8/29/08) 8K: 24:57 - Wisconsin Inter-Regional (10/3/09) 10K: 33:16 - NCAA Midwest Regional Championships (11/14/09)