Men's Cross Country, Track & Field

Nathan Troester
Nathan Troester


Mokena, Ill.

High School:
Lincoln-Way East HS

XC - Distance


I/O Eligibility:


43 Illini Honored as Big Ten Distinguished Scholars

Student-Athletes with GPAs of 3.7 or Higher Earn Special Recognition


Illini Win Lee Calhoun Invitational

One Illini sets meet record; two tie


Illini Win Bill Cornell Spring Classic

The squad scored 161 team points; five titles


Team Effort Shown at Illini Classic

Illini take home 10 of 16 first place finishes


Illini Look for Successful NCAA Midwest Regionals

Orange and Blue travel to Springfield, Mo., for regional race


Cross Country
2011 XC - SENIOR
Placed fifth for the Illini and 51st overall with a time of 32:43.17 at the NCAA Midwest Regional ... Took seventh for the Orange and Blue and 79th overall with an 8K time of 23:18 at the Big Ten Championships ... Raced to a 6K time of 19:08 at the Illini Challenge, finishing sixth overall and fifth for Illinois ... Placed sixth at the Orange and Blue Preview, running an 8K time of 24:42 and scoring for the Orange and Blue as their third runner ... Finished sixth for the Illini and 239th overall at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational with an 8K time of 26:16 ... Academic All-Big Ten.

2010 XC - JUNIOR
Placed 34th overall and fourth for Illinois at the NCAA Midwest Regional Championships with a personal-best 10K time of 30:57... Finished 36th at the Big Ten Championships, clocking a personal-best 8K time of 24:36... Placed ninth overall at the Illini Challenge and eleventh overall at the Illinois Intercollegiate... Competed at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational, placing seventh for the Illini in 24:52... Finished third for Illinois at Pre-Nationals, tying his personal best time of 24:52 and finishing 92nd overall.

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 ... Academic All-Big Ten ... Big Ten Distinguished Scholar.

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 with a 33rd-place finish overall.


2012 Track and Field
Outdoor: Competed in the 5,000m at the Tom Botts Invitational, clocking a 16:28.55.

Indoor: Ran a 8:35.55 in the 3,000m at the Illini Classic to take sixth.

2011 Track & Field
Outdoor: Ran in the 1,500m, 3,000m, and 10,000m...Placed second in the 10,000m at Sea Ray Relays with 30:41.79, giving him a personal-best...Ran his personal-best in the 1,500m at Musco Twilight with 4:09.78...Ran his personal-best in the 3,000m at the Tom Botts Invitational with 8:59.66

2010 Track & Field
Did not compete.

2009 Track & Field
Outdoor: Redshirted.

Indoor: Competed in the 3,000m at three meets during the indoor season ... Recorded indoor personal-best 8:38.51 at the Iowa Dual, en route to a fourth place finish in the 3,000m ... Took fifth place at the Carle/Health Alliance Invitational ... Finished in sixth place at the EIU Friday Night Special, timing 8:40.61 ... Also competed in the 5,000m at two indoor meets ... Won the 5,000m title at the Adidas Classic ... Posted indoor personal-best 5,000m time of 14:49.49 at the Iowa State Classic.

High School
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 ... Majoring in marketing.

Troester's Personal Bests

Cross Country
6K: 18:49 - Illini Challenge (8/29/08)
8K: 24:36 - Big Ten Championships (10/31/10)
10K: 30:57 - NCAA Midwest Regional Championships (11/13/10)

Track & Field
3,000m: 8:53.55 - Illini Classic (1/21/12)

1,500m: 4:09.78 - Musco Twilight (4/23/11)
5,000m: 15.14.09 - Dr. Keeler Track and Field Invite (5/13/10)
10,000m: 30:41.79 - Sea Ray Relays (4/15/11)

Updated June 2012