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Austin Pondel
Austin  Pondel


Columbus, Pa.

High School:
Corry Area





Fischer Breaks the Tape to Advance to Terre Haute

Fifth-year senior Matt Fischer claimed the men's title at the Mid-Atlantic Regional


Men's Cross Country Hangs Tough to Finish Third at Big Tens

Penn State's third-place finish is the highest since 2000


Men Finish First, Women Claim Second at Penn State National

Brannon Kidder finished third and Lauren Mills placed eighth Saturday


Nittany Lions Impress in the Rain

The Penn State cross country teams captured team titles Saturday at the Harry Groves Spiked Shoe Invitational


Fischer Qualifies for NCAA Championships

Women's squad finishes third, men's team places fifth at NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional


On the National Scene... || 2014 Cross Country || At the Mid-Atlantic Regional, Pondel finished 52nd with his time of 31:24 || 2013 Cross Country || Finished 44th at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional Championships with his time of 31:15.7

At the Big Ten Championships... || 2014 Indoor || Posted a lifetime-best time of 14:53.28 to finish 26th in the 5,000-meter run || 2013 Cross Country || Placed 54th

Around the Track... || 2015 Outdoor || Posted a personal-best performance of 4:01.96 in the 1,500-meter run at the Kehoe Twilight Meet … Clocked in at 14:47.85 for a personal-best time in the 5,000-meter run at the Bison Outdoor Classic || 2015 Indoor || Clocked in at 4:20.67 for a personal-best performance in the mile at the Nittany Lion Challenge … Posted a personal-best performance of 8:32.19 in the 3,000-meter run at the Penn State National Invite … Tallied a season-best 15:13.99 in the 5,000-meter run at the SPIRE Invite || 2014 Outdoor || Redshirted || 2014 Indoor || Ran a lifetime-best time of 4:21.30 in the mile run at the SPIRE NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Invitational

On the Course... || 2014 Cross Country || Ran in six meets for the Nittany Lions during his sophomore year ... Opened the year with a 10th-place finish at the Dolan Duals (18:46.17) ... At the Harry Groves Spiked Shoe Invitational, Pondel placed 35th (26:55.7) ... Ran a time of 25:22.8 to finish 176th at the Notre Dame Invitational ... Finished fourth at the Penn State National (26:56) || 2013 Cross Country || Opened the year with a sixth-place finish at the Harry Groves Spiked Shoe Invitational running unattached ... Competed attached after the Harry Groves Spiked Shoe Invitational ... Claimed 191st at Lehigh's Paul Short Run ... Took 235th at the Pre-National Invitational

Before Penn State... || High School || A Footlocker National qualifier in 2013 ... Posted an individual victory at the District 10 Cross Country Championships in 2012 ... Captured all-state honors, thanks to a third-place finish at the PIAA AAA Championships ... Posted an impressive winning streak as a senior, winning all eight of his cross country competitions up until the state championships ... Was also the 2013 District 10 Champion in the 3200, and would qualify for the state meet in the event || Personal || Son of Ed and Sally Pondel ... Birthday is May 12, 1995

Collegiate Personal Bests

Event Indoor Outdoor
1,500 *** 4:01.96
Mile 4:20.67 ***
3,000m 8:32.19 ***
5000m 15:13.99 14:47.85
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