Katie Adams practices due diligence every day with her running, so it only made sense to follow that same pattern with her college recruitment.
The Marengo senior visited the University of Iowa in September, but she arrived after a high school cross country meet, so she was not able to spend time with the team. Hawkeyes coach Layne Anderson invited Adams back for an unofficial visit in November, which was all Adams needed.
Adams became acquainted with the team, got to know Anderson better, and Iowa, which was her front-runner all along, solidified the spot atop her list. Adams committed to the Hawkeyes on Friday and will run cross country and track for the Big Ten Conference school next year.
“I’m really happy that I went back,” Adams said. “I love coach Anderson, and he seems so knowledgeable. We get along very well. I told him my goals for the future, and I truly believe he will do what he can to give me what I need to accomplish the goals I have.”
Adams, the 2012 Northwest Herald Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year, will become teammates with Woodstock’s Kayla Beattie, the Northwest Herald Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year in 2009 and 2010.
Adams finished in the top 10 at the Class 2A State Cross Country Meet three times. She was the favorite to win this season, but suffered a sprained right ankle early in the race and finished ninth. It was her only time she did not win a race all season.
Adams won the Class 2A 1,600 meters at the Girls Track and Field State Meet last spring. Adams liked Iowa for its running, but also for its nationally recognized physical therapy program.
“That was a big factor,” Adams said. “Iowa has one of the best physical therapy programs in the nation. I trust that I will be running on a good team and have the academics I need.”
Adams said her scholarship offer for athletics and academics will cover all her costs to attend Iowa. She scored 28 on her ACT and has a 4.12 GPA (on a 4.0 scale).
While Adams competed against Beattie, and closely followed her outstanding career, she was not close friends with her. Now, that will be changing.
“I talked to her for about an hour on the phone after my [second] visit,” Adams said. “We had a nice conversation. She told me about what she went through with her recruitment process. We’re starting to get to know each other better. She’s one of the girls I’ve always looked to since we have similar backgrounds.”