Amanda Bales
Amanda Bales

Bettendorf, Iowa

High School:
Pleasant Valley HS


Distance (XC)


Updated June 21, 2006
* All-American (Cross Country, 2003)
* Three-Time Big 12 Champion
* Three-Time All-NCAA Mideast Region (Cross Country)
* 15-time All-Big 12
* Three-time CoSIDA Academic All-America Honoree
* Four-Time Big 12 Runner of the Week

Latest Feature Story:
Back in Stride

By Katlin Kuhl of Columbia Missourian written Friday, March 31, 2006

5k, 17:01, Notre D. '04,
6k, 20:31, NCAA '03,
800m, 2:12.29, Illinois '03,
Mile, 4:41.45, adidas '03,
3000m, 9:17.62, ISU '03,
800m, 2:10.28, Big 12 '02,
1500m, 4:18.79, Big 12 '05,
5000m, 16:24.21, Stanford '05,

2004, 4:25.10, Stanford I.,
2005, 4:18.79, Big 12,

2003, 4:41.45i, adidas Cl,
2004, 4:45.00i, Husker Inv,
2005, 4:45.22i, Alex Wil.,

2003, 9:17.62i, Iowa St. Cl.,
2004, 9:30.68i, Iowa St. Cl.,
2005, 9:36.59i, Iowa St. Cl.,

2004, 16:26.71, NCAA Regl.,
2005, 16:24.21, Stanford,
2006, 16:32.57, Big 12,

Outdoor: Big 12 Champion of the 1500-meter run, coming from behind to take the tape at 4:21.21, .08 seconds ahead of Baylor's Erin Bedell ... became 15-time All-Big 12 honoree with a third-place 5000-meter run finish (16:32.57) ... Mizzou women's co-leading scorer (16) at Big 12 Championships ... fourth at NCAA regionals at 1500 meters running season best of 4:19.45, automatically qualifying for third NCAA Outdoor Championships (18th) ... anchored second-place, and school-record breaking 4x1600-relay and fourth-place distance medley relay teams at Drake Relays ... voted to CoSIDA Academic All-America second team, landing on either first or second team for an unprecedented third-consecutive year. Indoor: No eligibility remaining.

Cross Country: Ran in the Missouri Cross Country Challenge, placing third ... had to sit out rest of season due to injury. Outdoor: Placed 13th at the NCAA Championships at 1500 meters (4:18.94), taking second place at the NCAA Mideast Regional ... took second-place finish at Big 12 Championship at 1500 (4:18.79, PR) and fifth place at 5000 meters (16:38.55) ... was on second-place DMR team at Drake Relays (11:14.05) ... fifth-place in Drake Relays 1500 meter special invitational race ... winner of the 3000-meter race (9:33.26) at the Pepsi Team Invitational vs. Oregon, Washington, and Indiana ... CoSIDA Academic All-District Selection, second-team ... USTCA All-Academic Award winner. Indoor: NCAA Championship entrant with the distance medley relay team ... Big 12 Champion as part of distance medley relay, only relay team member that returned from Big 12 Championship run the year before ... Earned 11th All-Big 12 honor placing third in the Mile run (4:49.55) ... earned NCAA provisional mark in the Mile with 4:45.22 season-best run at Alex Wilson Invitational ... season bests: 3000m, 9:36.59, Iowa State Classic.

Cross Country: Named All-Big 12 and All-Midwest Region for the third consecutive year with a sixth-place finish at the Big 12 Championships and a 15th-place finish at the NCAA Midwest Regional ... fought off an early season bout with pneumonia, rebounded and was named Big 12 Runner of the Week for the fourth time in her career, leading the team with a ninth-place, 17:01 personal-best 5k performance at the Notre Dame Invite to push team to fourth overall leaping 13 spots in the national poll ... led team at NCAA Pre-National meet with 14th-place finish ... took 115th at NCAA Championships ... WICCCA Academic All-American ... season bests: 6k, 20:59, NCAA Pre-Nat. Outdoor: Finished 13th at the NCAA Championships in the 5000-meters, the season marked the first time running the event on the track in her career ... became an eight-time All-Big 12 performer with a sixth-place finish in the 5k (first track 5k ever) and challenged for second, but received a fifth-place finish in the 1500-meters after falling in the opening lap ... qualified for the NCAA Mideast Regionals in two events (1500m, 5000m) ... raced in 5k at regional, earned automatic spot in NCAAs with fifth-place finish ... selected to the CoSIDA Academic All-America First Team ... became six-time USTCA Academic All-American ... season bests: 1500m, 4:25.10, Stanford Invite (PR); 5000m, 16:26.71.92, Big 12; 800m, 2:12.55, Mo. Relays. Indoor: Anchored Big 12 Champion Distance Medley Relay team, running the 1600-meter ... added two more scores at conference championships with a second-place finish in the mile run, finishing runner-up by only .05 of a second ... also took eighth in the 3000-meter run at Big 12 ... won Mile Run at the MU-KU-KSU Triangular ... season bests: Mile, 4:45.00, Husker Invite (NCAA provisional); 3000m, 9:30.48, ISU Classic.

Cross Country: Named All-American after 23rd place finish at the NCAA Championships in Waterloo with a personal best 6K of 20:31.2, the best finish for a Mizzou runner since 1990 at nationals ... won the individual title at the Midwest Regional on the way to second career all-region honors ... also all-Big 12 with 3rd place finish at conference championships ... was Mizzou's number one runner in every race ran ... Academic All-Big 12 ... named Big 12 Runner of the Week twice, for a total of three times in the career. Outdoor: Redshirt season. Indoor: All-Big 12 in mile run after second place finish (4:45.03) ... four event wins over season mixed between middle to long distance races ... never finished below second in 800-, Mile, or 3000-meter run ... had a personal best of 9:17 in the 3000m after competing once.

Cross Country: Named All-Midwest Region after finishing third at NCAA Regional (20:39.1) ... season average mile of 5:36.71 was best of any Missouri runner since 1995 ... of Missouri runners, finished first in five of seven meets, placed second in two others ... in four of six meets, finished in top 10 overall ... while running sick, she finished 23rd at the Big 12 Championships ... finished 53rd at NCAA Championships ... Beat 79 other athletes to finish first at Lakefront Invitational (17:13.0, 5k) ... finished second at Missouri CC Challenge (17:22.9). Outdoor: All-Big 12 in the 800m with a seventh-place finish (2:10.96). Indoor: Bales had her personal best in the 800m in both the Missouri Triangular and the KU-KSU-MU Triangular ... competed in the 800m at the Big 12 Conference meet.

Cross Country: Redshirt season.

High School:
Two-time Drake Relays 800m champion in high school ... the 2001 Iowa state champion in the 800m ... a member of the Elite All-State for the 800m her junior and senior yeas ... named the Pleasant Valley Female Athlete of the Year.

Daughter of Jeff & Cindy Bales ... majoring in physical therapy ... tapped into the prestigious QEBH honor society on campus in 2004born December 5, 1982 in Bettendorf, Iowa.

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