2012 NCAA Cross Country Midwest Regional meet - Springfield, MO
Updated: December 6, 2013
Now into his third year at Mizzou, Joe Lynn as already built quite the resume with the Tigers. Lynn came to Columbia in 2011 to take over the men's cross country program, and coach the mid-distance and distance events on the track. In the summer of 2012, Lynn was named the Women's Head Cross Country Coach, along with the mid-distance and distance coaching responsibilities on the track. Under Lynn's watch, the Missouri record books have been rewritten, highlighted by NCAA rankings, school records, and student-athletes earning both conference and national accolades. Lynn's one-on-one coaching approach with his student-athletes, along with tenacious recruiting, have helped Missouri's men's and women's cross country, mid-distance, and distance programs maintain and develop upon the many years of great tradition built before him.
THE JOE LYNN FILE
B.S. in Business Admin. and Sports Management - Aquinas College ('04) M.A. Sports Admin. - Univ. of Louisville ('07)
As a Coach...
At Mizzou... 2 NCAA 1st Team All-Americans 2 NCAA 2nd Team All-Americans 2 NCAA Honorable Mention All-Americans 8 NCAA Championships qualifiers (6 Track, 2 Cross Country) 12 NCAA West Preliminary Round qualifiers 6 Missouri School Record breaking performances 8 All-SEC Honorees 8 All-Big 12 Honorees 7 All-SEC Freshman Team Honorees 2 SEC Cross Country Freshmen of the Year 20 Missouri All-Time Top 10 performances At Grand Valley State University... 90 All-Americans 79 Academic All-Americans 3 NCAA Division II Cross Country and Track Program of the Year Awards 4 NCAA Division II Women's Academic Team of the Year 2 NCAA Division II Men's Academic Team of the Year 6 NCAA Division II Cross Country Midwest Regional titles 22 GLIAC Conference Team Titles 19 GVSU School Record breaking performances 115 NCAA Division II National Championship qualifiers 2011 NCAA Division II Assistant Coach of the Year 2010 NCAA Division II Assistant Coach of the Year 2011 NCAA Division II Midwest Region Track Assistant Coach of the Year 2010 NCAA Division II Midwest Region Track Assistant Coach of the Year
2013-14 The 2013 cross country season, Lynn's third year in charge of the men and second year with the women, was another successful campaign for the program. The men once again started the season receiving votes within the USTFCCCA National Poll, and stayed there for much of the first half of the season. With only one senior on both the men's and women's rosters, both teams recorded impressive SEC and NCAA Midwest Regional finishes. The women ended the season seventh at the SEC Championships, improving six spots from the year before, and sixth at the NCAA Midwest Regional Championships, a ten spot jump. The regional finish tied with the highest finish for the women since 2004 The men continued their string of exciting results with a fourth-place SEC and eighth-place NCAA Midwest Regional finish.
The team highlight of the season came in an impresssive run at the Bradley Invitational, where the women ran to a victory and earned themselves the No. 4 spot on the Midwest Regional Rankings. Freshman Kaitlyn Fischer led the resurgence, bringing home All-SEC First Team Honors. She also earned All-SEC Freshman team accolades. Joining Fischer was Sam Dickerson on the men's All-SEC Second Team, and the freshmen trio of T.J. Carey, Drew White, and Dan Roe on the All-SEC Freshmen Team. Carey and Fischer earned SEC Freshmen of the Year, a first for the Missouri Cross Country program. Fischer continued on to a sixth-place finish at the NCAA Midwest Regional, earning All-Regional honors along with senior Hayden Legg on the men's side. Fischer's run qualified her for the NCAA Cross Country Championship, where she finished 79th; she was the second Missouri female representative since 2004.
2012-13 Lynn's second year in Columbia saw much of the same success, as he led the teams into their first season in the Southeastern Conference (SEC). The Tiger men entered th USTFCCCA National Cross Country Rankings for the first time since 2000. Lynn guided the men to an impressive third-place finish at the SEC Championship, and a fifth-place finish at the NCAA Midwest Regional Championship. Six athletes earned All-SEC Second Team accolades, with Hayden Legg, Max Storms, and Bryant Blahnik landing on the All-SEC Second Team; and Joe McKenna, Evan Chiplock, and Tyler Schneider all earning their way onto the All-SEC Freshman Team. Schneider was also recognized as the SEC Freshman of the Week twice throughout the season. The season ended with the Tigers' first NCAA Cross Country Championship individual qualifier since 2008 in senior and All-Midwest Region honoree, Max Storms. Storms finished 56th at the Championship, the highest finish for a Missouri male since 1972.
Lynn's young runers also made some waves nationally. The largest men's cross country class in Missouri history saw nine freshmen represent the Tigers at the 2013 USA Cross Country Championships. Tyler Schneider led the way for the men and just missed out on a spot with Team USA at the World Championship with his seventh-place finish. In all, five Missouri men placed in the top 20 in the event featuring the top under 20 year olds in the United States.
The 2013 indoor and outdoor track seasons were highlighted once again by more Missouri school record marks. Senior Laura Roxberg had a storybook ending to her amazing Missouri career as she broke her own records in the indoor mile (4:34.59) and outdoor 1500m (4:13.53). Roxberg would end the indoor season ranked #21 in the world for the mile, #5 in the U.S. in the 1000-meters (2:45.63), and #14 in the U.S. in the mile according to Track & Field News. Roxberg ended the indoor season with an SEC Runner-Up finish in the mile, and earned an Honorable Mention All-American honor at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships.
Roxberg and Dan Quigley continued the trend during the outdoor track & field season, with each breaking their own school records. Quigley ran 13:43.38 at the Mt. SAC Relays to shatter his own record he reset just a month earlier at the Stanford Invitational. Roxberg and Max Storms each earned All-SEC awards with their third-place finishes at the SEC Outdoor Championships. In all, seven different Missouri distance athletes scored at the SEC Championships, ten Missouri All-Time Top Ten marks were performed, and seven athletes qualified for the NCAA West Preliminary Round under Lynn's direction. Quigley (5000m) and Roxberg (1500m) ended the outdoor season with NCAA Second Team All-American and Honorable Mention All-American honors, respectively.
The Missouri men and women's distance corps were well represented at the 2013 USA Outdoor Championships, with 11 athletes hitting qualifying marks. Laura Roxberg competed in the women's 1500m, finishing in 24th-place. Highlighting the ten Missouri athletes who qualified for the USA Junior Outdoor Championships was Tyler Schneider, who finished sixth in the 10,000-meter.
2011-12 In his first year at Missouri, the men's cross country team improved by five spots at the Big XII Championship and 11 spots at the NCAA Midwest Regional from 2010 to finish sixth and seventh, respectively. Sophomore Hayden Legg earned an USTFCCCA All-Midwest Region Cross Country honor. The 2011-12 track & field season saw an attack on the school record board, with Dan Quigley breaking both the indoor 5000-meter (14:03.49) and the outdoor 5000-meter (13:55.55) records, along with Max Storms breaking the outdoor 10,000-meter (29:15.61) record. Working with Missouri legend and 2004 U.S. Olympian Derrick Peterson, Lynn helped mentor Ricky West to All-American honors in both the indoor (eighth) and outdoor (sixth) NCAA Championships. Quigley (5,000-meter) and West (800-meter) each ran to runner-up performances at the 2012 Big XII Outdoor Track & Field Championships, to go along with West's Indoor Big XII title in the 800-meter.
Five men represented Missouri at the 2012 NCAA West Preliminary Round, with West and Quigley earning spots to the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships. In all, ten Missouri All-Time Top Ten marks wereran, along with six different athletes scoring at the Big XII Championships. Under Lynn's direction, the Missouri men (Quigley, Kyle Rood, Storms, West) ran to their first victory in 4x1600-meter relay at the Drake Relays since 1964.
Before Mizzou Lynn arrived in Columbia after spending five seasons at Grand Valley State University, a Division II powerhouse located in Allendale, MI. In his five-year stint with the Lakers working with Head Coach Jerry Baltes, he mentored a combined 30 student-athletes to a totle of 90 All-American honors, had 108 individual entries in the NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field Championships, and 79 Academic All-American honorees.
In his last year at Grand Valley State, the Laker women's program became the first in NCAA history (regardless of division) to win all three NCAA Championships (cross country, indoor/outdoor track & field) in the same year. In all, Lynn coached 20 teams which placed in the top ten at the NCAA Championships, including 12 NCAA podium finishes (top four).
Lynn was recognized as the 2010 and 2011 NCAA Division II National Men's Track Assistant Coach of the Year, along with being honored as the NCAA Midwest Region Men's Assistant Coach of the Year, showing a great deal of consistency and respect from his peers in the coaching circuit. Grand Valley State claimed the NCAA Division II Cross Country and Track Women's Program of the Year in his last three seasons with the program (2009-11). He also coached four teams to NCAA Division II Women's Academic Team of the Year (2010 Track & Field), 2010 Cross Country, 2011 Indoor Track & Field, 2011 Outdoor Track & Field), two teams to NCAA Division II Men's Academic Team of the Year (2007 Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field), six NCAA Midwest Regional team titles in cross country, and 22 Conference team titles.
Lynn, a native of Muskegon, MI, earned his B.A. in Business Administration and Sports Management from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, MI, in December of 2004, and later earned his M.A. in Sports Administration from the University of Louisville in 2007. He was a very successful runner at the NAIA level while at Aquinas, earning an Academic All-American honor in 2003 and earned the Cross Country Captain's Award in 2004 as a member of their NAIA National Runner-Up team. Lynn won the 2005 Louisville Marathon. At Grand Valley he served as an adjunct professor, teaching 11 credit hours throughout the year in various classes within the HPER depeartment, served an important role in home track meet management, and was director for the three summer camps and the school's annual homecoming road race.