UI cross country team named to the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team
Melander, Armstrong to compete in Scotland on Jan. 5
Graduate student records personal best time
Offseason ankle surgery helps lift UI cross country runner to nationals
Hawkeye pair earn their first career NCAA Regional Award
Layne Anderson is in his second year as head cross country and track and field coach at the University of Iowa. He previously served as head coach of the Hawkeye women's cross country team (2003-11) and Hawkeye women's track and field team (2008-12). From 2003-07, he served as an assistant women's track and field coach for the Hawkeyes.
During Anderson's tenure with the women's cross country team, Iowa has crowned six All-Americans, three NCAA Midwest Regional champions, one Big Ten champion and 17 all-region honorees. The team qualified for the NCAA Championships three straight years (2006-08) after a 14-year absence from the meet. The Hawkeyes have also set school records in the 3,000, 4,000, 5,000 and 6,000 meters, as well as Ashton Cross Country Course facility records in the 3,000 and 4,000 meters.
Former Hawkeyes Diane Nukuri, Meghan Armstrong and Racheal Marchand had outstanding Hawkeye careers under Anderson's tutelage. The trio combined for five All-America honors, three NCAA Midwest Regional titles, eight All-Region honors and five All-Big Ten honors.
In 2007, Nukuri became only the second Hawkeye in school history to win a Big Ten title. She earned Athlete of the Year honors and set meet records at both the Big Ten and regional championships. A finalist for the national 2007 Honda Sports Award in cross country, Nukuri still holds school records in the 3,000, 4,000, 5,000 and 6,000 meters, as well as Ashton Cross Country Course facility records in the 3,000 and 4,000 meters. Armstrong became the first women's cross country competitor in school history to earn three all-region honors. She was Anderson's first NCAA cross country qualifier at Iowa. Marchand was the second Hawkeye in school history to win the NCAA Midwest Regional and take home NCAA Midwest Regional Female Athlete of the Year honors. Nukuri and Marchand were Iowa's Female Athlete of the Year honorees in 2008 and 2009, respectively.
The Iowa cross country team has also had success in the classroom under Anderson. The team earned USTFCCCA all-academic honors nine times, while Sarah Arens (2003), Armstrong (2005) and Brooke Eilers (2009) earned individual all-academic recognition. Armstrong was Iowa's Big Ten Medal of Honor recipient in 2007, while Arens was Iowa's nominee for NCAA Woman of the Year in 2004. Since 2003, the Hawkeyes have received 57 Academic All-Big Ten honors, including a school-record nine honorees in 2011.
Anderson served as the head women's track and field coach from 2009-11 before being named head coach of the combined program in 2012. He served as interim head coach in 2008 after the passing of former Hawkeye Head Coach James Grant. Under Anderson's direction, Iowa has crowned 43 All-Americans and 13 Big Ten champions, qualified 124 Hawkeyes for post-season competition and earned 78 academic All-Big Ten honors.
Former Hawkeyes Kineke Alexander, Karessa Farley, Renee White, Tammilee Kerr, Bethany Praska, Armstrong, Nukuri and Marchand have earned national and conference recognition during Anderson's tenure.
In 2008, Marchand (5,000 meters) and Farley (60-meter hurdles) earned All-America honors. Alexander picked up her eighth All-America honor in the 400 meters, which is the most any Hawkeye in school history has every accumulated. The 2006 NCAA 400-meter champion and two-time NCAA Midwest Regional Champion won five Big Ten titles and set school records in four individual events and two relays during her Hawkeye career. Armstrong and Nukuri kept the momentum going from cross country, with Armstrong winning two Big Ten titles and Nukuri and White each snagging one. Armstrong, Marchand and Kerr earned All-America honors outdoors. Nukuri earned the Wilma Rudolph Award and was Iowa's nominee for Big Ten Female Athlete of the Year. White was a two-time Big Ten outdoor triple jump champion (2008-09). Praska is Iowa's most recent All-American (800 meters) and Big Ten champion, winning conference titles in the indoor 600 meters, outdoor 800 meters and as part of the outdoor 1,600-meter relay in 2011.
As an assistant track coach for the Hawkeyes from 2003-07, Anderson had success with the middle distance and distance corps. During that time the Hawkeyes crowned three All-Americans, posted 19 national qualifiers and 13 regional qualifiers. Iowa was one of four schools in the nation to have NCAA indoor qualifying marks in the 800 meters, mile, 3,000 meters, 5,000 meters and distance medley relay in 2004. Tennessee, Stanford and Kentucky were the other three schools to achieve those standards.
Prior to joining the Hawkeyes, Anderson served as head men's and women's cross country coach and assistant track coach at Auburn University (1997-2002). During his tenure, he coached seven All-Americans, two SEC champions, 15 all-SEC honorees and 58 academic all-SEC performers. He also coached eight individual school record holders and four relays to school records. Anderson helped the men's team to four top-15 finishes at the NCAA Outdoor Championships and two top-20 placings at the NCAA Indoor Championships; and the women's squad to three top-15 finishes at the national indoor meet and one at the NCAA outdoor meet. The men's highest national finish was third place in 2000, while the women's was 11th in 2002.
The Tiger cross country team produced four all-South Region performers, two NCAA individual qualifiers, four team titles, three individual titles and two SEC Athlete of the Week Award recipients under Anderson. He served as meet director for the annual Auburn Cross Country Invitational, which featured over 600 runners, and the 2000 NCAA South Regional Championships.
Before his stint at Auburn, Anderson was an assistant men's cross country and track and field coach at Texas Tech (1996-97), where he coached six Red Raiders to nine All-America honors. In 1997, the men's track and field team placed 11th at the NCAA Outdoor Championships and 21st at the national indoor meet. He also coached one GTE academic all-district award recipient.
He served as the administrative assistant to the Faculty Athletics Representative at Auburn (1994-96), which included a one-year stint as administrative assistant to the Graduate Program Officer (1994-95). Anderson was a graduate teaching assistant at Auburn (1991-94) and The Citadel (1989-91). During his graduate assistantship at Auburn, he worked with 1991 World Champion and 1996 Olympic silver medallist Samuel Matete and two-time Olympian Tommy Asinga.
A three-time Southern Conference individual champion, Anderson set 10 school records at The Citadel and was named team MVP three times. He was a member of a USATF national champion distance medley relay. A three-time academic all-conference selection, Anderson was named to the Dean's List four times and the Gold Stars list twice.
The son of an Army Officer, Anderson graduated from Frankfurt American High School in 1985. He was a five-time Department of Defense Schools champion in the 800 and 1,500 meters and was named Department of Defense Schools European High School Runner of the Year twice.
Anderson holds two degrees from The Citadel. He earned a bachelor's (1989) and masters of education (1991), both in health and physical education. Anderson and his wife, Alexis, have two sons, Sawyer and Griffin.
Anderson's Cross Country Results
|Year||Finish/Points||Finish/Points||Finish/Points||All-Big Ten Honorees|
Anderson's Track & Field Results
|Indoor Big Ten||Outdoor Big Ten||National||Academic|
|Year||Finish/Points||Finish/Points||Finish/Points||All-Big Ten Honorees|
|2012||8th/45 (m); 10th/21 (w)||5th/80.5 (m); 8th/53 (w)||--/--||27|
The Anderson File
6 Cross Country All-Americans
43 Track All-Americans
3 NCAA Midwest Regional Cross Country Champions
3 NCAA Midwest Regional Cross Country Athletes of the Year
16 NCAA All-Midwest Region Cross Country Performers
14 NCAA All-Midwest Region Track Performers
1 Big Ten Cross Country Champion
13 Big Ten Track & Field Champions
9 USTFCCCA Academic All-America Cross Country Team Awards
3 USTFCCCA Academic All-America Track & FIeld Team Awards
135 Academic All-Big Ten Performers In Cross Country and Track