Year: Junior
City/State: Arlington, Minn.
High School: Sibley East
Experience: 2 Years


First-Team Academic All-Big 12 (2008, 2009)
Big 12 Commissioner's Fall Honor Roll (2007, 2008, 2009)
Big 12 Commissioner's Spring Honor Roll (2008, 2009, 2010)

2009 Outlook

One of six juniors on the team, Eric Thies will be looked to for leadership, while he also pushes for a spot in the Huskers’ top seven. “Eric loves to run and has been very consistent in his training, “Coach Jay Dirksen said. “One of the hardest workers on the team, Eric should see results from all the hard work he has done this summer.”


2008 (Sophomore)

Thies started his sophomore campaign at Nebraska with an 18th-place finish at the Creighton/UNO Classic, running a 6K time of 20:31. Thies then made major strides from 2007 at the Woody Greeno/Nebraska Invitational, improving from 163rd in 2007 to 104th with a time of 27:58.4. Following a 64th-place finish at the South Dakota State Classic, Thies ended the season at the Chile Pepper Festival with a 164th-place time of 33:45.2.


2007 (Freshman)

Thies earned a spot to compete at the Big 12 Championships and was one of seven Huskers to compete at the NCAA Midwest Regional in his freshman year. Thies started the year with a 15th-place finish at the Creighton/UNO Classic on the 8K course. He was the seventh Husker to cross the finish line at the Big 12 Championships with a time of 27:17.1. Thies ended his freshman campaign at the NCAA Midwest Regional where he finished 91st with a time of 32:49 on a 10K course.


On the track, Thies competed both indoor and outdoor.  His top finish of the year came at the Ward Haylett Invitational, when he won the 5,000 meters in a time of 15:43.31.


High School (Sibley East)

Thies was a four-time qualifier to the Minnesota Class A State Cross Country Championships with a career-high finish of sixth as a senior under Coach Mike Vrklan. He also placed 24th (junior), 12th (sophomore) and 76th (freshman) at the state competition.


On the track, Thies qualified for the Minnesota Class A state meet five straight years. His first trip was to the 2003 state meet when he was only an eighth grader. He scored as a sophomore in 2004 (sixth) and as a junior in 2005 (third) in a personal-best 3,200-meter time of 9:39.28.  His personal-best 1,600 time of 4:23.78 was a record-setting performance to win the Minnesota Section 1A Championship. Thies was the vice president of his National Honor Society chapter.



The son of Kevin and Kathleen Thies, Eric was born on Jan. 17, 1989, in Glencoe, Minn. He has two brothers, Andrew and Sam. Eric is majoring in finance at Nebraska.

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