Years at Loras: 1995-1999
Sport: Cross Country and Track & Field
If Oprah Winfrey made running marathons cool in the mid-1990's, then Jenny Richey made running cross country and track and field at Loras College in the late-1990's even cooler.
Her school records are many, and her All-American honors are equally impressive.
In cross country, she was a member of the All-IIAC team each season and her final two seasons were especially notable. She won the league's cross country title each year and was named the IIAC's Most Valuable Runner as a result. In 1997, she was the Central Region meet and was regional MVP. That season, she earned All-American honors with a 19th place finish at the NCAA Division III championships. She was captain of the team in her final season as well.
On the track, she earned All-American honors a total of seven more times in three events – the 3,000, 5,000, and 10,000 meter runs over three calendar years and championships. Six of her seven All-American performances were in the top five slots in the events. She swept all three outdoor events in the Iowa Conference in each of her final two seasons and was named the IIAC's MVP in the spring of 1999. She left with five school records, four of which still stand. They are the 3,000 and 5,000 events in both the indoor and outdoor record books and the 10,000 run on the outdoor track. Only the indoor 3,000 has since been broken.
Richey also dominated in the classroom, where she was a member of the All-Iowa Conference Academic team each year she was eligible and made the cut on for Loras College's Honor Roll in each of her eight semesters. She also was recognized by the United States cross country coaches and was a 1999 member of the CoSida GTE Academic All-America team. She gained a post-graduate scholarship and was a nominee for the NCAA ‘Woman of the Year' in 1999.
Now Jenny Herting, the then-Jenny Richey took her Sports Science degree from Loras and parlayed it into a master's degree in Physical Therapy in 2001 from Mayo School of Health Sciences. She currently resides in Marion, Iowa where she works in out-patient physical therapy and specializes in women's health. She is joined in Marion by her husband Brian and their three children Alex, Wyatt, and Macie.