SJSU improves its result and fitness in its second competition of the season.
All six SJSU runners finished in the top-20 in Fresno on Saturday.
Zeratsion lead the Spartans with a 26:16.5 over the 8k course.
The Spartans second place finish is its best at the USF Invitational in more than 10 years.
The SAMMYS were handed out for academic, athletics and community service excellence.
In four years working with both the women and men’s programs, Wick has his student-athletes excelling in both the classroom and in competition. His athletes have garnered 25 Mountain West Scholar-Athlete (GPA of 3.50 or greater) and 43 Academic All-Mountain West (GPA of 3.0 or greater) honors. Four times his teams have earned NCAA Public Recognition Awards for perfect Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores of 1,000 (the men have been recognized in 2015, 2016 & 2017 & the women were honored in 2016). In addition, the men’s team was recognized by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) with its All-Academic Team honor in 2015. On campus his athletes have earned seven President’s Scholar (4.00 GPA) and 22 Dean’s Scholar (3.65 GPA) designations.
Prior to San Jose State, Wick served as the cross country coach at Boise State from 2008-2013. In cross country, Wick has coached three conference Freshman of the Year, 11 first-team all-conference honorees and 13 second-team cross country honorees.
Wick lead Boise State to its first men's WAC cross country title in 2010 and in 2012 had the men's and women's teams both in the top 10 in the West Region for the first time in school history.
On the track, Wick has directed his athletes to many successes. Under Wick's guidance his runners have captured 12 individual conference titles including sweeping the women's long distance events (5,000-meters, 10,000-meters and 3,000-meter steeplechase) at the 2013 Mountain West Championships by three different athletes. One of those athletes was Emma Bates, who was crowned 3rd in the 10,000m and 7th in the 5,000m at the 2013 NCAA Championships. In total, Wick has coached his distance athletes to 83 all-conference honors during the indoor and outdoor track seasons as well as 19 performances that
earned NCAA first round qualification.
Prior to arriving at Boise State, Wick served as the assistant coach for the men's cross country and distance track team at the University of Minnesota for three years. There he helped coach several members of the Minnesota cross-country program to success at the national level. With the Gophers he assisted in coaching five cross country All-Americans and an eighth place team finish at the 2007 NCAA Cross Country Championships.
The Elk River, Minn., native completed a Masters degree in Sports and Exercise Science at the University of Minnesota in 2007 after receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education and minors in Coaching and Health Education in 2004 at University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Wick is also USA Track and Field Level 2 coaching certified in Endurance.