Forde leads way with 12:42 effort on two-mile course
Personal Bests 2-Mile: 13:14 (Aug. 31, 2013) 5K: 19:54.30 (Nov. 2, 2013) 2014 Cross Country Competed in three meets for the Bears ... Opened the season in 67th at the Walt Crawford Invitational (Sept. 5) with a time of 21:56.23 ... Earned 36th at the Saluki Invitational (Sept. 20) in 21:45.14 ... Ran a 25:01.0 to finish 72nd at Kansas' Rim Rock Classic (Oct. 4).
2013 Cross Country Competed in all of MSU's meets ... Posted a time of 13:14 in season-opening two-mile Tulsa Duals on Aug. 31 ... Saved best for last, adding best 5K time in Missouri Valley Conference Championships ... Ran 19:54.30 (64th overall) in season's final meet.
Background Competed in track and cross country for the Bulldogs of Bettendorf High ... As a senior, ran a personal-best time in the 800 meters ... Led Bettendorf's distance medley team to a state title and the third-best time in Iowa prep history ... Earned top-10 state finishes in the 800 meters and 1,500 meters ... Helped the school's 4x400m relay team to a runner-up finish at state ... Owns Bettendorf's records in the 4x400, 4x800, distance medley relay, and has the second-best 1,500m time ... Earned all-district and all-conference honors for track three times ... Was a two-time all-conference and all-district selection in cross country ... Qualified for state as a senior and was named MVP of her track team as a sophomore.
Personal Megan Marie Nickles was born July 23, 1995 in Bettendorf, Iowa ... Daugther of Jason and Dawn Nickles ... Has three siblings: Grant, Jenna and Luke ... Majoring in communication sciences and disorders ... Plans to go to graduate school and pursue a Master's in speech pathology.