Crossroads News
Wed, Oct. 11, 2017 - [Men's Cross Country]


AVON, Ohio – Josh Neideck of the Indiana Wesleyan men's cross country team is showcased in this week's Crossroads League Spotlight. The weekly feature highlights some of the finest student-athletes from around the league.


Neideck is majoring in nursing at Indiana Wesleyan. The senior has raced to All-Crossroads League honors in each of his three seasons and has helped IWU to a pair of Crossroads League Championships. Neideck finished 48th at NAIA Nationals in 2015, helping the Wildcats finish third overall for the program's highest-ever finish.


Neideck and the 20th-ranked Wildcats have finished first or second in three-of-four meets this season and will compete at the Great Lakes Invite on October 21, before racing for the Crossroads League Championship on November 4.


Crossroads League Spotlight
Josh Neideck
Indiana Wesleyan University

What attracted you to Indiana Wesleyan? First and foremost, the emphasis on a Christian education. Coach Foss also had a lot of sway in my decision. He presented me a team philosophy of putting God first, academics second and running third. I have been able to excel in all three of these aspects thanks to a great coach who understands the importance of life. The team that I came into also had values beyond any other group I had seen. It was incredible to learn from that group and to now pass on the philosophies they taught me to our younger guys.


What do you hope to be doing in five years? I hope to be pursuing a nursing career in pediatric oncology, as well as raising a family with my wife Emily.


What has been your favorite moment so far at IWU? There have been so many great moments. Easily the top choice though was finishing third as a team during the 2015 cross country season. It was the reward of two extremely intense and dedicated years of training, both physically and spiritually. God blessed our team that year with great success.


One word that describes your team and why? Committed. Our team values full commitment in all aspects of our lives. This is sought out by sacrificing our personal desire that would harm the success of our program. We strive to do the little things right in our daily lives. This includes not only lifting, stretching, weekend mileage, or sleep, but also accountability in our personal devotional life, schoolwork and our relationship purity.


Other than your own, what is your favorite CL school to compete at and why? The Taylor Cross Country Farm is easily my favorite place to compete. It is a true cross country course with many great features, and is also in my hometown of Upland.


What other talent or skill do you wish you were better at? After many painful years of training, I find myself envying the relaxation of golf. I love playing and would love to be better as well.


Class – Nursing Care of Children
Sports Teams – Michigan State and Chicago Cubs
Post-Race Meal – Chosen by the endless wisdom of Coach Foss, Cracker Barrel.
Hobby – Hanging out with my wife!
TV Series – Prison Break. Watch it if you have not. Trust me.