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160 you're capable of running a lot faster than you did before. It feels good standing at that starting line; you look at your competition and know you can compete, no matter what. It pushes you to get to the next level." What is the next level for Fourman, who is on his maiden journey outdoors? First, is to maintain consistency in training, which can only come with continued good health. Second, is to advance to the NCAA West Preliminary from May 28-30 in Austin, Texas. ird, is to keep the Hawkeyes in the top 25 nationally and among the top five teams at the Big Ten Conference Championships from May 15-17 in East Lansing, Michigan. "Teamwise we're looking good," Fourman said. "I think we can continue to roll with that and perform well at outdoor Big Tens." Anderson had his first experience coaching Fourman in cross country last fall, where he posted a season-best 8K time of 25:18 at the Big Ten Championships on the Bill and Jim Ashton Cross Country Course in Iowa City. "e most important thing is that he got some training, volume, and foundation," Anderson said. "at is perhaps part of the reason we're seeing him experience success now. He's at a level where if he runs that at a Big Ten meet, he will be competitive for a scoring spot and advance to the first round of the NCAAs. e goal is to stay healthy, continue to progress, and see if he can run 3:45 or faster." It has been a unique career for Fourman, who has spent the last four years learning more than he wanted about icing and stretching. e quest for low times corresponds with low pain level on his Achilles' heel. An economics major, Fourman will graduate this spring, then re-enroll next fall so he can continue in 2015-16 what he started in 2011. "It will be interesting next year, hopefully I will have another healthy year and compete indoor, outdoor, and cross country," he said.

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