Jen

Pancoast

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Year: Junior
City/State: Cape Girardeau, Mo.
High School: Central
Experience: 2 Years

Bio


Honors
NCAA Midwest All-Region (2008)
NU Women's Most Improved Runner (2008)
First-Team Acadmeic All-Big 12 (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)

Jen Pancoast made the most of her senior season, earning the first All-Midwest Region honor of her career, competing at the NCAA Championships and being named the team’s Most Improved Runner on the women’s side.

 

Pancoast opened the season with an 11th-place showing at the BYU Invitational, running a time of 20:07.3 to help the women’s team finish second. She then produced a ninth-place finish at the Woody Greeno-Nebraska Invitational, contributing to the women’s fourth straight team title at the meet. Following a 13th-place finish at the South Dakota State Classic, Pancoast improved 62 spots from her 130 in 2007 to 68th in 2008 at the NCAA Pre-Nationals.

 

Pancoast and the rest of the team opened the postseason at the Big 12 Championships, where she improved 12 spot from 2007 to a 24th-place finish in 2008, running a time of 21:58.9. She then jumped 22 spots at the NCAA Midwest Regional, finishing 23rd with a time of 21:34.3 to earn her first career All-Midwest Region honor. She ended her Husker career at the NCAA Championships, finishing 132nd with a time of 21:25.3, helping the team post its top finish since 1999 at 25th.

 

2007 (Junior)

Following a hamstring injury early in the 2007 outdoor track and field season, Pancoast was slow to return to top cross country form.

 

She started the 2007 season with back-to-back 10th-place finishes at the Creighton/UNO Classic and the Woody Greeno, running times of 20:52 and 22:26.4, respectively. Pancoast then jumped 21 spots from her 2006 finish at the Roy Griak to come in 67th with a time of 22:51.2 at the 2007 meet.

 

After finishing 30th at the Big 12 Conference meet in 2006, Pancoast dropped two spots to No. 32, but trimmed nearly 40 seconds off her time to finish at 22:06.7. The effort helped the women’s team finish third in the Big 12 for the second consecutive year.

 

On the track, Pancoast earned two Big 12 Conference medals. At the Big 12 Indoor Championships, she led off the distance medley relay team (11:43.11) that finished seventh. She earned the first individual outdoor conference medal in Boulder, Colo., with an eight-place finish in the 1,500-meter run (4:34.71). She ran her personal-best time of 4:29.45 in the 1,500 meters at the Mt. SAC Relays, the 21st-fastest time in Nebraska history outdoors.

 

2006 (Sophomore)

Pancoast was key in Nebraska’s strong postseason showing, as she placed 30th at the Big 12 Championships and 29th at the NCAA Midwest Regional. Those efforts marked major gains after she finished 63rd at the Big 12 meet and did not compete at the Midwest Regional in 2005.

 

Pancoast saw even greater improvements on the clock with a 6K time of 21:57.32 at the Midwest Regional. It was the third time she set a career best during the season. In the South Dakota State Invite, she had a career-best 5K time of 18:17, more than a minute faster than her previous best from the Creighton/UNO Classic. For her efforts, she was named the women’s Most Improved Runner in 2006.

 

Pancoast capped an outstanding indoor season at the Big 12 Championships by placing fifth in the 3,000-meter run (9:46.37) and leading off the sixth-place distance medley relay team. Outdoors she was sidelined with a stress fracture following the first meet of the season.

 

2005 (Freshman)

Pancoast missed much of summer training before the 2005 season while recovering from a stress fracture. She set a season-best 6K time of 23:19 at the Chile Pepper Festival, before adding a 63rd-place finish at the Big 12 Championships.

 

High School (Cape Girardeau Central)

Pancoast was a four-time qualifier for Cape Girardeau Central at the Missouri Class 4A State Cross Country Championships. Her best state performances came with a ninth-place finish as a junior in 2003, after finishing fifth as a sophomore in 2002 under Coach Mark Hahn.

 

On the track, Pancoast earned runner-up honors as a sophomore in the 1,600-meter run (5:02.38) at the 2003 Missouri Class 4A state meet. She was a member of Central’s 4x800-meter relay that qualified for the state meet during her freshman through junior seasons. The 2002 relay placed fifth at the state meet. Pancoast missed her entire senior season with a stress fracture. She was a member of the National Honor Society.

 

Personal

The daughter of Charles and Cathy Pancoast, Jen was born Feb. 4, 1987.  Her sister, Kim, ran for Nebraska from 2003 to 2006. Jen is majoring in dietetics and pre-health at Nebraska.

2008 Results

Creighton/UNO (5K)

BYU Invitational (6K)

Woody Greeno (6K)

South Dakota State (5K)

NCAA Pre-Nationals (6K)

Big 12 Championships (6K)

NCAA Midwest Regional (6K)

NCAA Championships (6K)

Sr.

DNR

11th, 20:07.3

9th, 22:22.2

13th, 18:12

68th, 21:33.9

24th, 21:58.9

23rd, 21:34.3

132nd, 21:25.3

2007 Results

Creighton/UNO Classic (5K)

Woody Greeno (6K)

Roy Griak (6K)

NCAA Pre-Nationals (6K)

Chile Pepper Festival (6K)

Big 12 Championships (6K)

NCAA Midwest Regional (6K)

NCAA Championships (6K)

Jr.

10th, 20:52

10th, 22:26.4

67th, 22:51.2

130th, 22:04.1

DNR

32nd, 22:06.7

45th, 21:33

DNQ

2006 Results

Creighton/UNO Classic (5K)

Woody Greeno (6K)

Roy Griak (6K)

South Dakota State (5K)

Chile Pepper Festival (6K)

Big 12 Championships (6K)

NCAA Midwest Regional (6K)

NCAA Championships (6K)

So.

7th, 19:27

9th, 23:14.2

88th, 23:08

18th, 18:17.0

86th, 22:19.4

30th, 22:45.43

29th, 21:57.32

DNQ

2005 Results

Creighton/UNO Classic (5K)

Woody Greeno (6K)

Roy Griak (6K)

South Dakota State (5K)

Chile Pepper Festival (6K)

Big 12 Championships (6K)

NCAA Midwest Regional (6K)

NCAA Championships (6K)

Fr.

24th, 21:47.5

83rd, 24:20

220th, 24:18

DNR

125th, 23:19.5

63rd, 23.25

DNR

DNQ

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