All-Midwest Region (2009)
NU Men’s Most Valuable Runner (2008, 2009)
First-Team Academic All-Big 12 (2008, 2009)
Big 12 Commissioner’s Fall Honor Roll (2007, 2008)
Big 12 Commissioner’s Spring Honor Roll (2008, 2009, 2010)
2010 Indoor 5,000 Meters
Indoor 5,000 Meters (14:12.47)
2009 (O): 3,000SC, 8:49.51 (15th)
Big 12 Championships
2010 (O): 3,000SC,
2010 (I): 3,000m, 8:09.43 (2nd); 5,000m, 14:03.04 (1st)
2009 (O): 3,000SC, 9:04.90A (3rd)
2008 (O): 3,000SC, 9:24.41A (5th)
After placing 22nd individually at the Big 12 Championships to post the top finish by a Husker at the men’s conference meet since Bowler finished 19th in 2002, David Adams looks to lead the men’s side as a captain and the No. 1 runner.
Along with earning two most valuable runner awards, Adams also contributes his abilities in the classroom. He is a five-time member of the Big 12 Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll, and a two-time first team academic All-Big 12 selection.
“David is one of the best runners in the Big 12,” Nebraska Coach Jay Dirksen said, “He has a lot of experience and is a big time runner. He has tremendous leadership skills and will be a great captain for us again this year.”
Adams continued to perform as the team’s top runner in 2009, as he was named NU’s Most Valuable Runner on the men’s side for the second straight season. Adams opened the season at the Woody Greeno/Nebraska Invitational, where he led the men’s team to the title with an individual crown of his own. The individual win marked the fifth time a Husker had won the meet on the men’s side and was the Huskers’ first title since James Bowler won in 2002. Adams also posted the sixth-best overall time on the 8K course and the second-best time by a Husker, trailing Cleophas Boor’s 1996 time of 24:05.3.
Adams went on to finish the regular season with back-to-back top-25 finishes at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational (11th) and Indiana State Pre-Nationals (21st).
In the postseason, Adams took 22nd individually at the Big 12 Championships to post the top finish by a Husker at the men’s conference meet since Bowler finished 19th in 2002. Adams’ top-25 finish carried the men’s squad to a seventh-place finish for the second straight year, marking the first time since 2001-2002 that the men placed in the top 10 in back-to-back seasons.
Adams concluded 2009 at the NCAA Midwest Regional, where he earned All-Region honors for the first time in his career with a 20th-place showing. Adams’ strong performance led the men’s team to an eighth-place finish, which was two spots higher their 10th-place finish a year earlier.
During the 2010 indoor track and field season, Adams opened the year on fire with a school-record time of 14:12.47 in the 5,000 meters at the Holiday Inn Invitational. He went on to earn his first Big 12 individual title in the same event at the indoor conference championships, as he ran 14:03.04 on Iowa State’s 300-meter oversized track. Adams scored 18 points for the men’s team at the conference meet, as he also finished runner-up in the 3,000 meters (8:09.43).
Outdoors, Adams earned his third straight All-Big 12 honor in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. He finished third in the event at the conference meet to help the men’s team capture the team title for the second straight season.
2008 (Redshirt Freshman)
After redshirting in 2007, Adams made the most of his first collegiate cross country season by leading the Huskers in six of his seven meets, earning him the team’s Most Valuable Runner honor. Adams won his first career meet with a 6K time of 19:06 at the Creighton/UNO Classic to open the year, leading the men to the team title. Following an 11th-place finish at the BYU Invitational, Adams led the men to their third straight Woody Greeno/Nebraska Invitational title with an eighth-place time of 25:34.8. Adams then took fourth at the South Dakota State Classic, leading the Husker men to their third team championship of the season.
Adams placed 26th at his first Big 12 Championship meet, running a time of 25:16.2 on the 8K course. Behind Adams’ performance, the team finished seventh, its top finish at the conference meet since 2002. At the NCAA Midwest Regional, Adams came in 43rd with a time on 32:23.7, helping the team finish 10th, its best showing since 2002.
Adams continued to excel during the 2009 track and field season, capping the year with a trip to the NCAA Championships. Midway through the outdoor season at the Payton Jordan Invitational, Adams set a personal best in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 8:43.79, the sixth-best performance in Husker history. During the postseason, he took third at the Big 12 Outdoor Championships and then 15th at the NCAA Championships with a time of 8:49.51.
Adams redshirted his first year of cross country at Nebraska following a stress fracture he suffered during the spring of his senior year of high school.
Adams competed both indoors and outdoors for the track and field team. He excelled outdoors, winning the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the Concordia Invitational (9:18.05), Kansas Relays (9:20.64) and Ward Haylett Invitational (8:57.87). He capped his freshman year by finishing fifth at the Big 12 Outdoor Championships in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and qualifying for the NCAA Midwest Regional meet.
At the USA Junior Championships in Columbus, Ohio, Adams finished fourth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (9:07.16). Husker teammate Mikel Thomas finished second.
High School (York)
Adams was the 2005 and 2006 Nebraska Class B state cross country champion. His winning time of 15:55.18 in 2005 was the fastest of the meet, earning him the All-Class gold medal. In 2006, Adams’ time of 15:47.79 was good for second, trailing Husker teammate Todd Gulizia. Adams was coached by Tom Brink and former Husker distance standout Eric Rasmussen.
On the track, Adams competed in the 2005 and 2006 state meets, but missed the 2007 meet his senior year due to a stress fracture in his foot. As a junior, he won the All-Class gold medal in the 1,600-meter run by 19 one-hundredths of a second (4:23.50) over Husker teammate Matt Conahan. Adams also won the Class B 3,200-meter run (9:32.29) and was the anchor on the runner-up 4x800-meter relay team. At the 2005 state meet, he was the Class B 3,200-meter champion.
The son of Ron and Ruth Adams, David was born in Fremont, Neb., on Jan. 4, 1989. He has one sister, Janelle, and two brothers, Tim, and Alex. David is majoring in electrical engineering at Nebraska.