The last time an Albia runner made an impact on a University of Iowa cross country or track team was in the early 1980’s when Lovilia’s Dan Waters was running and becoming an All-Big 10 performer.
This fall, after taking off a year, Albia’s Jordan Winke walked on the Hawkeye women’s cross country team and became one of the team’s top seven runners. Winke holds numerous records in track and cross country at ACHS but decided to put a hold on competition when she left for Iowa.
And she discovered two things. First was that she missed the sport and second, was that a year off constant training gave her a new desire and refreshed her physically.
“It was a lot of fun, being back on a team, competing with girls who were a lot better than me,” she said. Winke earned a spot on the varsity top seven, ran in the Big 10 meet where she finished sixth on the team and then ran in the regionals.
Winke was a three-time conference cross country champion and an eight-time SCC track champion. She qualified for state in cross country three times and was an Academic All-State selection.
She left Albia with six records including the 400 meter hurdles, 800 meter run, 1500 meter run, 3000 meter run, distance medley relay and 3200 meter relay.
She is a Marketing, Sports and Recreation Management major at the University of Iowa.
Winke is the daughter of Bill and Pam Winke of rural Albia.