Sam Penzenstadler
Sam  Penzenstadler


Oshkosh, Wis.

High School:



Penzenstadler Wins Mile On Final Day Of Meyo Invitational

Senior puts exclamation point on big weekend for Loyola Track & Field


Six Loyola Track & Field Student-Athletes Named To USTFCCCA All-Academic Teams

Teams also receive recognition


Sam Penzenstadler Finishes Third In 1,500m At NCAA Outdoor Championship

Junior caps terrific season with outstanding showing


Late Surge Propels Penzenstadler Into 1,500m Run National Final

Junior takes fifth-place in his heat


Penzenstadler Sets Sights On Eugene For NCAA Outdoor Championships

Junior making his debut at the national outdoor meet

2013-14: Was Loyola's top finisher in all six cross country meets he ran during his junior year...Finished third (24:17.1) at Missouri Valley Conference Championships to lead the men's side to a runner-up team finish...First Team All-Missouri Valley Conference Selection...Won the National Catholic Championships in come-from-behind fashion with a time of 24:55...Named MVC Male Cross Country Athlete of the Week and MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week after opening up the season with a 5th place finish (18:22) at the Badger Season Opener...Paced the Ramblers with a 25th place finish (24:55.3) at the elite Notre Dame Invitational...Won the 800m at three events during the indoor season...Placed first in the 3,000m at the Indiana Relays with a personal-best time of 8:10.97...Finished runner-up in the mile at the Meyo Invitational with a personal-best time of 3:58.21...Qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships and placed seventh in the mile to earn first-team NCAA All-America honors...Opened the outdoor season by setting a personal-best 5,000m time of 14:10.41 at the Stanford Invitational...Won the 800m at the Illinois Twilight with a season-best time of 1:50.02...Won the 1,500m at the prestigious Drake Relays... Missouri Valley Outdoor Conference Champion in the 800m... Also scored points for the Ramblers with a runner-up finish in the 1,500m at the conference championships...NCAA West Preliminary Round qualifier in the 1,500m...Qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Championships and placed third in the 1,500m with a personal-best time of 3:39.77 to earn first-team NCAA All-America honors.

2012-13: Horizon League Male Cross Country Athlete of the Year...First Team All-Horizon League...Won the Individual Title at the 2012 Horizon League Cross Country Championships...Posted back-to-back first-place finishes to open the season at the Illini Challenge (18:31) and the Illinois Intercollegiate (24:24) meet...Was the first Rambler to cross the finish line at the 40th Annual Sean Earl Lakefront Invitational, placing 11th...Finished 43rd at the NCAA Midwest Regionals...Opened indoor season with a personal best time of 8:18.76 in the 3,000m Run at the Gladstein Invitational...Returned a week later to post his fastest time of his Loyola career in the Mile Run (4:09.26) at the Indiana Relays...Swept league titles in the Mile (4:17.29), 3,000m (8:33.61) and 5,000m (15:00.54) Runs at the 2013 Horizon League Indoor Track & Field Championships as he was recognized as the Men's Individual Scoring Champion...Also was part of the Distance Medley Relay team that broke a 24-year old school record in the event, posting a time of 9:42.77 at the Alex Wilson Invitational...NCAA West Regional Qualifier in the 800m and 1,500m Runs during the outdoor season...Horizon League 1,500m Outdoor Champion...USTFCCCA All-Academic selection...Recorded victories in the 800m (1:50.08) and the 1,500m (3:50.06) Runs at the season-opening Vanderbilt Black & Gold Invite...Top 1,500m time (3:46.22) came at the prestigious Mt. SAC Relays...Loyola's first individual champion at the Drake Relays since 1964 (Tom O'Hara) after taking home the individual title in the 1,500m Run...Also finished first in the 1,500m Run at the Benedictine Eagle Invitational (3:46.43) and the Dr. Keeler Invitational (3:46.37).

2011-12: Named Horizon League Outdoor Track and Field Running Newcomer of the Year ... Scored in all six cross country meets during the fall ... Earned Second Team All-Horizon League honors after finishing eighth at the Horizon League Cross Country Championship ... Team's third finisher (74th overall) at NCAA Midwest Regional meet ... Second Rambler across the finish line at both the Bradley Open (20th) and Sean Earl Lakefront Invitational (25th) ... Finished 10th overall at the UIC Home Opener and 13th overall at Illinois Intercollegiate Championship ... Finished fifth in the mile with a season-best time of 4:09.62 and took 11th in the 3,000m at the Horizon League Indoor Championship ... Won the mile event at the Iowa Invitational and took fourth in the 3K at the Gladstein Invitational in season-best 8:37.29 ... Won the 1,500m and finished third in the 800m at the Horizon League Outdoor Championship ... Turned in season-best time of 1:51.92 in the 800m final putting him just outside Loyola's all-time top 10 in that event ... Took second in the 1,500m in his first outdoor meet at the Wake Forest Open ... Took eighth in the 800m at the Tom Botts Invitational ... Turned in season-best time of 3:49.75 in the 1,500m at the Raleigh Relays ... Also took seventh in the seeded 1,500m relay event at the presitgious Drake Relays.

HIGH SCHOOL: Named First Team All-State in cross country and track...Three-time cross country First Team All-Conference selection...Also named First Team All-Conference in track...Finished fourth at the State Cross Country Meet...Took sixth place in the mile event at the Track State Meet...Ended high school career with personal-bests of 4:18 in the 1600m, 1:57 in the 800m, and 15:28 in the 5K...Was named to the Cross Country All-State Academic Team with a 3.8 GPA.

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Penzenstadler's Collegiate Bests
Event Time Meet Year
800m (I)1:48.86GVSU Big Meet2014
Mile (I)3:58.21Meyo Invitational2014
3,000m (I)8:10.97Indiana Relays2014
5,000m (I)14:24.60GVSU Big Meet2013
800m (O)1:50.02Illinois Twilight2014
1,500m (O)3:39.77NCAA Championships2014
5,000m (O)14:10.41Stanford Invitational2014

Updated September 2014