Where Are They Now? Nick Szczech

Nick Szczech graduated from Marquette in December 2011 having run the second fastest time in school history for the 10,000-meter run. Upon graduation, he continued running and made his way to Austin to pursue his Ph.D. in sociology at the University of Texas.

His ultimate goal is to run at the 2016 United States Olympic Trials for the marathon. He won the 2011 Lakefront Marathon with a time of 2:22:17, which is good enough for a Boston Marathon qualifier.  In order for him to run in one of the most exclusive American marathons leading up to the Olympics, he would need to post a time of 2:19:00 or faster for 26.2 miles.

Plans are in the works for him to run a half marathon in the spring, possibly in Austin. His former teammates Blake Johnson and Pete Bolgert have explored the idea of running the New Orleans Half Marathon with him.

Szcech averages approximately 60 miles per week, but he is not running for a club team. He plans on joining a team upon receiving his degree.