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Iowa State Freshman Leads Team USA to Gold Medal

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CARABALLEDA, Venezuela — Iowa State freshman Thomas Pollard led Team USA to a gold medal at the 2016 Association of Panamerican Athletics Pan-American Cross Country Cup on Friday.

Pollard, the son of Iowa State athletic director Jamie Pollard, finished second in the 8K in 26:14.72.

The redshirt freshman overcame 90-degree conditions to lead the U.S. with his second-place finish. The only finisher ahead of him, Daniel Ferreira of Brazil, qualified as an individual, meaning Pollard brought home the maximum amount of team points.

Pollard qualified for Team USA by winning the Junior 8K at the USATF Cross Country Championships last month.

The four scoring Americans were among the top-nine finishers, giving the United State’s 14 team points en route to the gold medal. Canada won the silver medal with 25 team points while hosts Venezuela earned bronze with 47 points, Iowa State reports.

About Thomas Pollard

Thomas Pollard redshirted the 2015 Iowa State cross country and 2016 indoor track seasons. He completed one of the most decorated prep running careers in the state of Iowa. A three-time Gatorade Athlete of the Year, twice for cross country and once in track, Pollard was previously a two-time Foot Locker National High School Cross Country All-American and the 2014 Iowa Class 3A state champion.