Year: Senior
City/State: Kearney, Neb.
High School: Catholic
Experience: High School


Honors & Awards

  • Academic All-Big Ten Fall (2011)
  • Academic All-Big Ten Spring (2012)
  • First-Team Academic All-Big 12 (2009, 2010)
  • Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2012; Spring 2013)
  • Big 12 Commissioner's Fall Honor Roll (2008, 2009, 2010)
  • Big 12 Commissioner's Spring Honor Roll (2009, 2010)
2011 (Senior)
Erica Hamik continued to be a leader for the Nebraska women's cross country team in 2011. The senior from Kearney, Neb., ran as one of the Huskers' top four runners throughout the season while earning her fourth cross country letter at the end of the year.

Hamik opened the 2011 campaign with two top-five finishes for the Huskers, including a second-place showing at the UNO/Creighton Invitational (19:08.34), to help NU to its first team title of the season.

She followed up that performance with a fifth-place finish (21:37.7) at the Woody Greeno/Nebraska Invitational at the Pioneers Park in Lincoln.

Hamik continued to be a leader for the Huskers by finishing 11th (18:02.1) at the SDSU Classic. She was NU's No. 4 runner at the meet, and was one of six Husker runners to finish in the top 20.

In her final regular-season meet, Hamik placed 174th overall (21:44) at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational.

Hamik competed in her final postseason for the Huskers by taking 46th overall (21:24) in Nebraska's first-ever appearance at the Big Ten Championships in Champaign, Ill.

She placed 28th overall at the NCAA Midwest Regionals in DeKalb, Ill., while running a time of 21:54.89.

A solid performer in the classroom as well, Hamik earned academic All-Big Ten honors.

2010 (Junior)
Hamik continued to be a factor on the cross country team, as she took third at the Creighton/UNO Classic after winning the event 2009. She added a fifth-place finish at the Woody Greeno/Nebraska Invitational to help the Huskers capture their sixth-straight team title at the meet.

Hamik made her second-straight postseason appearance in 2010 running at both the Big 12 Championships and NCAA Midwest Regional. She took 63rd at the conference meet with a time of 22:10.45 and 87th at the regional with a time of 21:53.4.

Hamik continued to run well on the track in 2010, as she set personal bests in the 800 and 1,000 meters indoors. She broke her personal best in the 800 at the Nebraska Tune-Up with a time of 2:11.90. She then set a personal best (2:51.43) in the 1,000 meters with a sixth-place finish at the Big 12 Championships.

2009 (Sophomore)
Hamik started her sophomore campaign on a the right foot with her first career win at the Creighton/UNO Classic, as she led a Husker charge that took the top-five individual spots. She contributed to a team title at the Woody Greeno/Nebraska Invitational by placing 14th as an individual.

Hamik added a 65th-place finishing at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational, before ending the regular season with a 128th-place showing at the Indiana State Pre-Nationals.

Hamik made her first cross country postseason appearance in 2009, running at both the Big 12 Championships and NCAA Midwest Regional. She took 45th at the conference meet with a time of 23:03.6 and finished 65th at the regional with a time of 22:31.3.

2008 (Freshman)
Hamik opened her collegiate career with a seventh-place finish at the Creighton/UNO Classic, running a time of 15:18 on the 5K course. Hamik traveled to Provo, Utah, for the BYU Invitational and placed 29th (20:36.9), contributing to a runner-up team finish to the hosts from BYU. At the Woody Greeno/Nebraska Invitational, Hamik crossed the finish line 19th (23:10.2) to help the Huskers claim a team title. Following a 39th-place showing (19:19) at the South Dakota State Classic, Hamik ended the 2008 season at the Chile Pepper Festival, finishing 124th with a time of 23:08.9.

High School (Kearney Catholic)
Hamik earned two runner-up finishes at the Nebraska Class D State Cross Country Championships and seven Nebraska Class C State Track and Field titles. Hamik made trips to the state cross country and track and field meets all four years under Coach Fred Carnahan. At the 2005 state cross country meet, Hamik finished second with a time of 16:12.68 to propel her team to a fourth-place finish. As a senior she battled bronchitis and pneumonia to finish second with a time of 15:47.0.

Hamik won three state track and field titles as a sophomore in the 1,600-meter run (5:20.25), 4x400 relay (4:06.33) and 4x800 relay (9:49.28). She returned in 2007 to defend her title in the 1,600 meters, placing second in both the 400 and 800 meters while finishing third in the 3,200-meter run. She capped her senior year in 2008 with three more state titles, winning the 400 (57.71), 800 (2:15.97) and 1,600 (5:20.39) meters.

The daughter of Dan and Janine Walker, Erica was born March 25, 1990. She has a sister, Rachelle, and a brother, Alec. Erica earned her bachelor's degree from Nebraska in May 2013, after majoring in nutritional science and dietetics at Nebraska. She claimed academic All-Big Ten honors in 2011. She was a two-time first-team academic All-Big 12 selection and a five-time member of the Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll.

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Woody Greeno Invitational
Jarren Heng - After the Woody Greeno Invitational Sept. 21, 2013
Isabel Andrade - After the Woody Greeno Invitational Sept. 21, 2013