Kyle

Custer

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Year: Junior
City/State: Cambridge, Neb.
High School: Cambridge
Experience: 2 Years

Bio


Honors
2008 Team Captain
HERO Award (2008)
2007 Nebraska Most Improved Runner
Big 12 All-Academic First Team (2006, 2007, 2008)
Big 12 Commissioner's Fall Honor Roll (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008)
Big 12 Commissioner's Spring Honor Roll (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009)

 

2008 (Senior)

Kyle Custer got a late start to his senior season, not running until the fourth meet of the season. Custer opened with a 12th-place finish at the South Dakota State Classic, running a time of 26:07 and contributing to the third team title for the men in 2008. After a 162nd-place finish at the NCAA Pre-Nationals, Custer produced the top finish of his career at the Big 12 Championships with a 44th-place time of 25:32.7. He ended his Husker career by improving 29 spots from 2007 at the NCAA Midwest Regional with a 35th-place finish. Custer was the first Husker to cross the finish line, running a time of 32:14.7.

 

2007 (Junior)

Custer started to come into his own in his junior year, moving up 30 spots at the Big 12 meet from his sophomore season. Custer made his season debut at the Woody Greeno where he finished 10th with a time of 25:32.9. At the NCAA Pre-National meet, Custer finished 168th with a time of 25:10.7 on the 8K course. He was the second Husker to cross the finish line, trailing senior Peter van der Westhuizen, who finished 82nd at 24:24.7. After finishing 78th at the 2006 Big 12 Championships, Custer moved up to the No. 48 spot by shaving 41 seconds off his time to run a 26:22.6. He wrapped up his junior year at the NCAA Midwest Regional where he finished 64th with a time of 32:05 on the 10K course. For his efforts, Custer was named Nebraska’s Most Improved Runner for the 2007 season.

 

On the track, Custer ran a personal-best indoor time of 4:12.81 in the mile at the adidas Classic. Custer showed improvement during the outdoor season, setting personal bests in the 800 (1:56.36) and 1,500 meters (3:54.00).

 

In the classroom, Custer was named to the first-team academic All-Big 12 team for the second straight year.

 

2006 (Sophomore)

Custer’s improvement was immediately seen at the beginning of the season as he took the individual title at the Creighton/UNO Classic to start the year, and then finished 13th overall at the Woody Greeno/Nebraska Invitational after placing 92nd in 2005. Custer went on to compete in all seven meets, finishing as one of NU’s top-three runners in five competitions.

 

Custer dropped both his 1,500 (3:56.37) and mile (4:20.33) times during his first track seasons with the Huskers after running unattached as a freshman. His career-best 1,500 mark earned him the individual title at the Nebraska Invitational.

 

In the classroom, Custer collected his third and fourth consecutive Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll accolades, while being named a 2006 first-team academic All-Big 12 selection as well.

 

2005 (Freshman)

After placing 11th at the Creighton/UNO Classic in 31:11 to open the year, Custer made massive gains throughout the season by knocking more than four minutes off his 8K time to finish 89th in a time of 27:05 at the Big 12 Championships. He was the Huskers’ third runner at the South Dakota State Invitational and finished among NU’s top five at four meets during the year. Custer suffered a stress fracture after the Big 12 Championships and was out for the rest of the season.

 

High School (Cambridge)

Custer won the 2004 Nebraska Class D cross country title, after finishing runner-up in 2003, seventh as a sophomore in 2002 and 18th as a freshman.

 

Custer capped an outstanding senior track season at the Nebraska Class D state meet by winning the three distance races (800, 1,600 and 3,200) and anchoring Cambridge’s 4x800-meter relay to victory. It is believed by long time prep track statistician Bob Gabriel to be the only time in Nebraska state meet history that this has been accomplished in any class. Custer’s four-gold-medal performance boosted the Trojans to the team title. Competing in Class C as a junior, Custer anchored Cambridge to a fifth-place finish in the 4x800-meter relay. As a sophomore, he scored in the 1,600 (fifth) and 3,200 (third). Custer’s high school coach was Dan Keyser.

 

Personal

Kyle is the son of David and Karen Custer. He was born on Dec. 11, 1986, and has one brother, Brian, 16. Custer’s uncle, Gregg Calvin, was a Nebraska tennis player who lettered at NU in 1979-80. Kyle is majoring in biology at Nebraska.

 

2008 Results

Creighton/UNO (8K)

BYU Invitational (4 Miles)

Woody Greeno (8K)

South Dakota State (8K)

Pre-Nationals(10K)

Big 12 Championships (8K)

NCAA Midwest Regional (10K)

NCAA Championships (10K)

Sr.

DNR

DNR

DNR

12th, 26:07

162nd, 25:24.8

44th, 25:32.7

35th, 32:14.7

DNQ

2007 Results

Creighton/UNO (8K)

Woody Greeno (8K)

Roy Griak (8K)

Chile Pepper Festival (10K)

NCAA Pre-Nationals (8K)

Big 12 Championships (8K)

NCAA Midwest Regional (10K)

NCAA Championships (10K)

Jr.

DNR

10th, 25:32.9 

86th, 26:10.9 

DNR

168th, 25:10.7 

48th, 26:22.6 

64th, 32:05

DNQ

2006 Results

Creighton/UNO (8K)

Woody Greeno (8K)

Roy Griak (8K)

South Dakota State (8K)

Chile Pepper Festival (10K)

Big 12 Championships (8K)

NCAA Midwest Regional (10K)

NCAA Championships (10K)

So.

1st, 27:55

13th, 26:38.2

167th, 26:49

19th, 25:52.2

119th, 31:54.7

78th, 27:03.6

77th, 33:13.19

DNQ

2005 Results

Creighton/UNO (8K)

Woody Greeno (8K)

Roy Griak (8K)

South Dakota State (8K)

Chile Pepper Festival (10K)

Big 12 Championships (8K)

NCAA Midwest Regional (10K)

NCAA Championships (10K)

Fr.

11th, 31:11.2

92nd, 27:23

196th, 27:30

35th, 27:07.3

152nd, 32:57

89th, 27:05

DNR

DNQ

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