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Sam Wharton
Sam Wharton
Year: Junior
Hometown: Tipp City, Ohio
High School: Tippecanoe
Major: Mgt. science & engineering
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* All-America *

At Stanford:

  • Earned All-America honors by helping Stanford to second place at 2015 NCAA Cross Country Championships.

2015 Season (Junior):

  • Team's No. 6 at NCAA Championships, helping Cardinal to third place.
  • Placed 207th overall (10K, 32:11.6).
  • 42nd at NCAA West Regionals (10K, 31:57.7).
  • 43rd at Pac-12 Championships as team's No. 7 (8K, 24:27.5).
  • Raced four times.

2014 Season (Sophomore):

  • Earned All-America honors by placing 39th at the NCAA Championships (top 40 become All-Americans) in Terre Haute, Ind.
  • Ran 30:55.5 (10K) as Stanford's No. 5 runner.
  • Was the top true freshman or redshirt freshman at the NCAA Championships.
  • Ran in six meets in first collegiate cross-country season.
  • Finished higher at nationals than he did at regionals, placing 40th at the NCAA West Regional (30:18.2, 10K) at Stanford Golf Course.
  • 26th at Pac-12 Championships (24:20, 8K) as Cardinal's No. 6.
  • Seventh at USF Invitational (25:26.5, 8K) to open the season.
  • 23rd at Washington Invitational (24:02, 8K) as Stanford's No. 4.
  • 123rd at Wisconson Invitational (24:47, 8K) as team's No. 7.

2013 Season (Freshman):

  • Finished third at the 2014 U.S. junior national championships at Flatirons Golf Course in Boulder, Colo., as part of a 1-2-3 Stanford sweep.
  • His time was 25:26 over 8K (4.97 miles).
  • Placed third to win a bronze medal at the NACAC junior championships, helping the U.S. to the team victory in Mount Irvine, Tobago.
  • Ran in one race unattached during the fall season.
  • Was sixth at the Doc Adams Invitational in Davis, Calif., in 24:25 (8K).

Track and Field:

  • Has personal bests of 14:04.85 (5,000), 3:54.87 (1,500), and 29:23.21 (10,000).


  • Placed third to win a bronze medal at the NACAC junior championships, helping the U.S. to the team victory in Mount Irvine, Tobago.

High School:

  • Won the Nike Cross Nationals in Portland, Ore., to complete an impressive senior cross-country season in which he won the Ohio Division 1 title and was sixth at the FootLocker nationals.
  • One of two runners in the nation to place in the top 10 in both the Nike and FootLocker nationals.
  • Was named the 2012 Gatorade Ohio Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year.
  • In track, was fourth in the two mile (9:00.43) and fifth in the 5,000 (14:33.09) at the 2013 New Balance Outdoor Nationals in Greensboro, N.C.
  • Both times were personal bests.
  • His 5,000 time was the fifth-fastest high school time in the nation.
  • Won the 2013 Ohio Division I title in the 3,200 in a personal record 8:56.61.
  • Second in the 2012 Ohio Division 1 3,200 final in 9:01.24.
  • Fifth in the 2012 New Balance Outdoor Nationals in the 5,000 in 14:46.


  • Born on Friday the 13th.
  • Majoring in management science and engineering.