Samantha Zishka Bio - Hawkeye Sports Official Athletic Site
Cross Country

Samantha Zishka
Samantha  Zishka


Lancaster, Ohio

High School:


Lewis Races to All-Region Honor

Iowa men finished seventh, Iowa women 13th at the NCAA Midwest Regional


Lewis Earns All-Big Ten Honor

Lewis finishes 6th at the 2014 Big Ten Championships with a personal best 8K time


Anderson, Newhouse set PRs to lead Hawkeyes

Men place 18th in Blue race, women place third in White race


Lewis, Adams lead Hawkeyes at Illinois State Invitational

Hawkeye Men Earn First Place, Adams sets PR


Big Ten Cross Country Championships

Big Ten Cross Country Championships Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014 Ashton Course, Iowa City


Iowa Black & Gold Cross Country Invitational

Iowa Black & Gold Invitational Friday, Sept. 13, 2013


Hawkeye Early Bird Invitational

Hawkeye Early Bird Invitational Friday, Aug. 30, 2013

2014 -- Indoor - redshirted... placed 14th in mile at Iowa Invite (5:24.50) while competing unattached... Outdoor - placed ninth in 3,000 meters at Musco Twilight (10:21.72), running event at Arkansas Spring Invite (10:25.54) and Illinois Twilight (10:25.61)... placed 10th in 1,500 meters at Kip Janvrin Open (4:50.39)... Cross Country - led team in 6,000 meters (21:23.2)... Iowa's top finisher at NCAA Midwest Regional, placing 58th in 21:23.2... competed in six of seven races... ran season-best 5,000 meters at Illinois State Invite (17:56)... placed 60th at Big Ten Championships (21:29.6-6,000 meters)... team earned USTFCCCA all-academic honors... academic All-Big Ten... letterwinner.

2013 -- Cross Country - Iowa's top finisher at Iowa Black & Gold Invite, placing 14th in 14:34.32 (4,000 meters)... also ran at Hawkeye Early Bird Invite (11.08.50-3,000 meters) and Roy Griak Invite (22:53.60-6,000 meters)... team earned USTFCCCA all-academic honors... letterwinner.

High School -- three-time all-district selection and four-time all-conference selection and team MVP in cross country... Fairfield Country Runner of the Year her senior year... two-time cross country conference runner-up... two-time all-district selection in track... two-time team distance MVP.

Personal -- born Sept. 13, 1995... daughter of John and Margo Zishka... has two siblings; John (9) and Joe (9)... her father ran track at the University of Oregon... president of the National Honors Society and Varsity "L" Club... pre-physical therapy major.

Zishka's Collegiate Bests
Event Time Meet Date
1,500 Meters (O) 4:50.39 at Kip Janvrin Open 4/24/14
3,000 Meters (O) 10:21.72 Musco Twilight 5/3/14
3,000 Meters (CC) 11:08.50 Hawkeye Early Bird Invitational 8/30/13
4,000 Meters (CC) 14:34.32 Iowa Black & Gold Invitational 9/13/13
5,000 Meters (CC) 17:56 at Illinois State Invitational 9/12/14
6,000 Meters (CC) 21:23.2 at NCAA Midwest Regional 11/14/14

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