May 31, 2017
By: Erica Rose
If the name Jaryd Flank doesn’t ring a bell then it’s quite possible you have been living under a rock for oh probably the last 8 years. The Easton native made a name for himself back at Wilson high school; and recently graduated from Muhlenberg College with a running career he and the school will never forget.
Flank fit in right from the start. As a freshman he was the No. 1 Muhlenberg runner at the Centennial Conference championships, it was only the second time in 20 years that a Mules' freshman had done so. From that point on it has been a dream come true.
Flank became a two-time Centennial Conference gold medalist in the steeplechase, putting up the third-fastest time in Division III as a senior. He broke a school-record with a time of 9:02.48 at the Swarthmore Final Qualifier.
Flank also became the only male athlete in Division III to qualify for NCAAs in cross country, in an indoor event of 3,000 meters or longer and in the steeplechase in 2016-17.
So let’s break it down this season...
• won three cross country races, including the Centennial Conference Championships,
• qualified for the NCAA cross country meet for the third year in a row,
• became Muhlenberg's first cross country All-American,
• won two gold medals at the CC indoor meet,
• earned All-America honors in both the DMR and 3,000 meters at the NCAA indoor meet,
• broke his own school record in the steeplechase,
• defended his 2016 CC steeplechase gold medal,
• qualified for the NCAA Championships in the steeplechase for the second straight year, and
• advanced to the steeplechase final.
(Statistics Credit: muhlenbergsports.com)
To wrap things up, Flank placed 13th in the Steeplechase at the NCAA DIV. III Outdoor Track and Field Championships, the final race of his career.