MEQUON, Wis. – Concordia University Wisconsin senior cross country runner Jordan Guenther had a memorable summer he certainly won't forget.
Guenther (West Bend, Wis.) spent his time off from school the past three months traveling across the world training with world-class track & field athletes and watching them compete. He was in Oregon, Iowa and even made his way to Moscow, Russia.
Guenther began his summer by training with United States Olympic athletes in Oregon. While there he got to see the way some of the best athletes in the US trained and spent time off the track with them as well.
From there he attended the USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa. Not only did Guenther continue to meet more athletes and see how they train, but he also had many other great experiences. Guenther received plenty of memorabilia from USA athletes, as well as athletes from other countries.
"I was given a lot of USA gear, got to drive the official USA Track & Field vehicle and presented medals at the meet to winners," Guenther said.
Guenther finished his summer by traveling internationally as his final stop was Moscow and the World Track & Field Championships. He stayed in the same hotel as Team USA and continued his training with those athletes.
Guenther met several notable athletes along his travels, including American Ashton Eaton, the world-record holder in the decathlon. He also continued a friendship with Kenyan Isiah Koech, whom he met last fall when Koech visited the CUW cross country teams. Pictures from several of the athletes he met can be seen below.
Seeing the best track & field athletes compete and train on a regular basis is certainly a memorable experience for a college athlete. Guenther saw many different techniques, but also noticed many similarities in training styles between those athletes and himself.
"One thing I noticed was all the different training methods and on their harder days they certainly push harder than a college athlete," Guenther said. "There were still a lot of similar things that we do as well."
Perhaps Guenther can take some of what he saw and improve upon what was already a strong junior season in 2012. Guenther earned Honorable Mention All-NAC honors after placing 28th at the conference meet.
Jordan Guenther had an incredible journey this summer. It was one he will never forget and one that will help him as he finishes his cross country career with CUW this fall.
Pictures from Guenther's Summer
Guenther with 400-meter world champion Kirani James.
Guenther with Dan O'Brien, Ashton Eaton, Delilah DiCrescenzo and Christian Taylor.
Guenther with 3,000-meter steeple chase champion Ezekiel Kemboi.
Guenther with 5,000-meter bronze medalist Isiah Koech.
Guenther with Octavious Freeman, 4x100-meter relay silver medalist.