O'Malley set a program record of 26:52 (8K) at the 2012 Wisconsin Private College Championships, and that record stood for seven years, standing at the top of the record books by a full 64 seconds. He was the fastest runner at NCCAA Nationals in 2011, marking the first time that a Maranatha runner won Nationals (Caleb Wagner, 2015; Jeremy Fopma, 2019).
He finished in the top five at NCCAA Nationals each of his four years. Had the NCCAA's current All-American system been in place at the time, O'Malley would be just one of three Maranatha Athletes to be named an NCCAA 1st-Team All-American all four years.†
O'Malley was named to the Northern Athletics Conference 1st Team all four seasons as well, finishing as high as fifth at the NAC Championships. Here's a closer look at his astounding career:
|Will O'Malley Honors||Year|
|NCCAA DII All-American*||2012|
|NAC 1st-Team All-Conference||2012|
|NAC Championships Top 5||2012|
|NCCAA DII Top 5^||2011|
|NCCAA DII National Individual Champion||2011|
|NAC 1st-Team All-Conference||2011|
|NCCAA DII Top 5^||2010|
|NAC 1st-Team All-Conference||2010|
|NCCAA DII Top 5^||2009|
|NAC 1st-Team All-Conference||2009|
|Will O'Malley PR's and Highlights|
|8,000 M (2012)||26:52||4:54||2nd|
|Event (all 8K)||Time||Place||Year|
|Wisconsin Private College Champ's||26:52||3rd||2012|
*The top five runners at NCCAA Nationals are automatically named NCCAA All-American
^The NCCAA began officially naming the Nationals Top 5 as "All-Americans" in 2012
†The Men's Cross Country National Championship was an invitational event until 2012
O'Malley was a three-year captain and said that it was "a team of people pushing me to be better [and] great coaching to help me peak," when asked what it took to set a program record like he did.
"Running is the most personal team sport," O'Malley said. "You score as a team, but you run as an individual - I love pushing myself to be better and love competing against others to be the best I can be.
"It's taught me to control my emotional and mental state and to be able to hyper-focus on one thing until it's finished. It's also taught me to be confident in who I am and who I want to become."
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