All-Decade MVP: Will O'Malley

All-Decade MVP: Will O'Malley
WATERTOWN, Wis. -- Maranatha Athletics is pleased to recognize Will O'Malley as the all-decade MVP for Maranatha Men's Cross Country.

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        
PR               Time     Pace    Program 
8,000 M (2012) 26:52 4:54 2nd
       
Event (all 8K) Time Place Year
NCCAA Nationals 27:14 2nd 2012
Wisconsin Private College Champ's  26:52 3rd 2012
NACC Championships 26:53 5th 2012
NCCAA Nationals 27:52 1st 2011
NCCAA Nationals 27:58 4th 2010
NCCAA Nationals 27:22 3rd 2009
       

*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

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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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For more on the all-decade MVP selection process, CLICK HERE

For a complete list of the all-decade MVPs (as they are announced), CLICK HERE

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