Honors & Awards
- Nebraska Most Improved Runner (2013)
- Academic All-Big Ten (2013)
- Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2012, 2013; Spring 2013, 2014, 2015)
- Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2015)
After battling injury early in the season, Jonah Heng made his first appearance for the Huskers at the Roy Griak Invite, where he finished as Nebraska’s No. 7 runner in a time of 28:14.
In his second meet of the year, Heng raced to a 12th-place finish as Nebraska’s No. 1 runner at the Bradley Classic. Heng, who posted a time of 24:59.7, joined Joseph Harter in the top 20 for the Huskers at the Bradley Classic.
A three-time letterwinner, Heng produced Nebraska’s No. 3 finish at the Big Ten Championships, placing 72nd (25:21.0). He wrapped up his junior season at the NCAA Midwest Regional as the second Husker to cross the finish line in a time of 31:32.1.
In the classroom, Heng captured academic All-Big Ten honors.
Heng was a strong and reliable runner for the Huskers throughout the season, competing in every meet for the Big Red in his second season. The native of Overland Park, Kan., opened his sophomore season by placing third in the University Division of the Augustana Twilight in Sioux Falls, S.D., Sept. 6.
He added a 13th-place finish (26:04.10) at the Woody Greeno/Nebraska Invitational at Pioneers Park in Lincoln on Sept. 21.
Heng was the fourth Husker to cross the finish line at the Roy Griak Invitational in Minneapolis on Sept. 28, placing 88th overall in a time of 25:43. He closed the regular season by placing sixth overall in a time of 25:11.90 at the Tim Young Invitational in Vermillion, S.D., on Oct. 19.
At the Big Ten Championships, Heng finished as NU’s No. 4 runner in a time of 25:50.3 to take 73rd individually in West Lafayette, Ind., on Nov. 3. He closed the season by finishing 93rd (32:24.6) at the NCAA Midwest Regional Championships in Ames, Iowa, on Nov. 15.
A strong performer in the classroom, Heng earned academic All-Big Ten honors as a sophomore in 2013, while claiming a pair of spots on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in the fall and spring semesters.
Heng made an immediate impact for the Huskers in 2012. The native of Overland Park, Kan., was a top-three runner during his freshman campaign, showing promise among a young group of runners for NU.
Heng began his freshman campaign by taking 11th at the UNO/Creighton Classic in a time of 28:31.50. He helped the Huskers to a second-place finish in his first collegiate event.
Heng performed well in two of NU’s toughest meets in 2012, finishing as the first Husker across the line at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational. He took 265th overall in a time of 25:29. The following week at the Big Ten Championships, Heng finished 52nd in a time of 24:57 in his first postseason appearance as a Husker.
A standout in the classroom as well, Heng earned spots on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll both semesters of 2012-13.
Before Nebraska (Shawnee Mission West)
Heng was a standout runner at Shawnee Mission West High School in Overland Park, Kan. He earned a seventh-place finish at the Kansas state cross country championships in 2010, and added an eighth-place showing in 2011. He was also an academic all-state selection in cross country.
The son of Nick and Julie Heng, Jonah was born on Aug. 21, 1994. A civil engineering major, Jonah earned academic All-Big Ten honors as a sophomore in 2013. He is also a five-time selection to the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll. Jonah’s cousin Jarren was a senior co-captain and Most Valuable Runner on Nebraska’s 2013 men’s cross country team. Heng earned a place on the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team in 2015.