Years at Loras: 1980-84
Sport: Cross Country, Track
- Phil Kauder, a 1984 graduate, took the long road to fame at Loras -- and continues down it today. A cross country and track standout, Kauder was known as an arduous trainer. En route to pages of honors, Kauder logged more than 3,000 miles a year in training -- over 12,000 miles during his college career. And it resulted in All-American honors.
- In cross county, Kauder three times ran his way into the NAIA nationals and anchored the 1983 Loras team to a 25th placing. A four-year cross country letterman he often led the Duhawks by placing first or second in dual meets. In 1984, Kauder was the first recipient of Dan McClimon award given to an outstanding dedicated Loras athlete. Kauder was cited for his "self-discipline and desire to excel both personally and as a team-member".
- In track, Kauder again was a four-year star and an indoor All-American in the three-mile in 1983 (fourth nationally) and 1984 (third). He reached the NAIA nationals in the grueling 10,000-meter run in 1982, 1983 and 1984. When he graduated, Kauder held the Loras indoor records in the 3,000 meters (8:52.77) and three mile (14:16.43) and outdoor marks in the marathon (2 hours, 35 second and 41 seconds). His personal best in the 400-meter, 800-meter, mile, three mile, 3,000- meter steeplechase, 1,500 meters, 3,000 meters, 5,000 meters, 10,000 meters and marathon still rank among the top times in Loras track history.
- Kauder continues to run -- from the 5,000 meters to the marathon. At the age of 40 in the Iowa masters division, Kauder set new records in the 10-mile, 20,000 meters, half marathon and marathon. In the 10-mile, he broke the record of former Loras great and fellow Hall of Famer, John Mulholland.
- For 13 years, Kauder was the track coach and director of activities at his former high school in Cascade. He now is director of activities for the Iowa Department of Corrections at the Anamosa State Penitentiary. Kauder, his wife, Karen, daughter Maria and son Preston live in Cascade.