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


Honors & Awards 

  • Academic All-Big Ten (2011, 2013)
  • Big Ten Sportsmanship Award (2013)
  • Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2011, 2012, 2013; Spring 2015)
  • Big 12 Commissioner's Fall Honor Roll (2010)
  • Big 12 Commissioner's Spring Honor Roll (2011)

2013 (Senior)
Co-captain Jarren Heng finished off a solid Husker cross country career in 2013. Nebraska's Most Valuable Runner in 2012, Heng overcame an injury that limited is offseason preparation for his senior season.

In Heng's first meet of the season, he placed sixth (25:43.60) at the Woody Greeno/Nebraska Invitational in Lincoln. Heng followed with a 98th-place finish in a time of 25:48 at the Roy Griak Invitational in Minneapolis, before closing the regular season by capturing fifth place at the Tim Young Invitational in Vermillion, S.D. 

In his final postseason with Nebraska, Heng was the second Husker to cross the finish line at the Big Ten Championships, finishing 65th with a time of 25:40.6. Heng finished out his Nebraska career by leading the Big Red with a 35th-place finish at the NCAA Midwest Regional in a time of 31:13.7. 

Heng continued his strong performance in the classroom by earning academic All-Big Ten honors. He was also Nebraska's Big Ten Sportsmanship Award winner. 

2012 (Junior)
After becoming a leader on and off the course for the Huskers in 2011, junior Jarren Heng was expected to be Nebraska's top cross country runner in 2012, and being the best is what he did. Heng was routinely the top finisher for Nebraska during his junior campaign, earning Most Valuable Runner in 2012.

A co-captain for the season, Heng started off his junior season with an impressive performance at the UNO/Creighton Classic, placing second overall (27:10.20). This was the highest finish by any Nebraska runner in 2012, men’s or women’s.

Heng followed up that performance at the Woody Greeno/Nebraska Invitational in Lincoln, where he placed seventh overall running a time of 25:02.9.  This marked Heng’s fourth overall meet in college that he finished in the top 10.

At the KU Rim Rock Farm Classic, Heng had an excellent race posting a season best 24:20.00 placing 16th overall in Lawrence, Kan.

In his third postseason with the Huskers, Heng only ran at the Big Ten Championships while he was battling a minor leg injury. Heng finished 71rst overall running a time of 25:40 in his final meet of his junior campaign.

A standout in the classroom as well, Jarren earned a spot on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll after the fall semester.

2011 (Sophomore)
Heng ran among the top four for the Huskers all season in 2011, including a pair of top-three finishes.

The Norfolk, Neb., native opened his sophomore season by notching a second-place finish at the UNO/Creighton Invitational (27:31.24) to help the Huskers to a second-place finish overall. He continued the success into the next meet at the Woody Greeno/Nebraska Invitational, running a time of 25:48.8 to place fourth among the Huskers and 23rd overall.

He continued to excel at the SDSU Classic, in Brookings, S.D. He finished second overall in a time of 25:25.9, which helped Nebraska capture the team title.

Heng's final regular-season meet came at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational, where he ran a time of 26:18 to place 242nd overall as the Huskers' No. 4 runner.

Heng continued to perform well during the postseason, producing two solid performances at the Big Ten Championships (67th, 25:36) and at NCAA Midwest Regionals (98th, 33:52.68)  

Heng earned his first cross country letter during the season. He also performed well in the classroom, claiming academic All-Big Ten honors for the Huskers. 

2010 (Freshman)
Heng finished among NU's top seven at every meet, including a 66th-place showing at the Big 12 Championships and a 101st-place finish (32:24.3) at the NCAA Midwest Regional in Peoria, Ill.

Heng opened his college career by taking 11th (27:42.9) at the Creighton/UNO Invitational in Omaha on Sept. 4. Two weeks later, he finished 26th (26:08.7) at the Woody Greeno/Nebraska Invitational at Pioneers Park in Lincoln. He managed a 154th-place showing (25:46.5) at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational, before finishing 188th at the Indiana State Pre-Nationals on Oct. 16.

On the track, Heng set personal bests in every event both indoors and outdoors as a freshman. He posted a time of 4:17.33 in the mile at the Nebraska Tune-Up, while adding an 8:37.22 in the 3,000 at the Razorback Invite. He clocked a 15:14.69 in the 5,000 at the adidas Classic. Outdoors, he posted a 3:55.43 in the 1,500 at the Ward Haylett Invite, and a 9:14.02 in the steeplechase at the Pepsi Invitational.

High School (Norfolk Catholic)
Heng led Norfolk Catholic to four straight Nebraska Class C state cross country titles as the team's top runner from 2006 to 2009. Norfolk Catholic became just the third school in Nebraska history to win four straight boys cross country team titles, joining Morrill (1979-82) and York (1992-95). Running for coaches Tim Kassmeier and Doug Zoucha, Heng won back-to-back state titles and All-Class gold medals in 2008 and 2009, after finishing second in 2007 and fourth in 2006.

On the track, Heng added two more individual state titles by winning the Class B 3,200 meters in 2009 and 2010. He also helped the Knights to a team title as a freshman in 2007, when he won a pair of medals. He added three medals as a sophomore in 2008. As a junior in 2009, Heng claimed four state medals, including a title in the 3,200 and a runner-up finish in the 1,600. He added a fourth-place finish in the 800 and ran the anchor leg on the sixth-place 4x800 relay.

Heng capped his prep career by defending his state title in the 3,200 meters with a personal-best time of 9:29.20, while also placing eighth in the 800 meters, and running the second leg of the third-place 4x800 relay. Heng finished second in the 1,600 meters for the second straight year to Husker teammate Connor Gibson.

Jarren is the son of Jeff and Kristi Heng. Jarren was born on Dec. 18, 1991. Jarren's cousin Jonah is a member of the cross country team. Jarren is a Spanish major at Nebraska and captured academic All-Big Ten honors in 2011 and 2013. He is also a four-time member of the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll. He was Nebraska's Big Ten Sportsmanship Award winner in 2013.

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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