Glenwood track, cross country star Janette Schraft to run for Iowa State

Seven-time state track champion and reigning Class 3-A state cross country winner Janette Schraft has committed to Iowa State.

Janette Schraft visited Iowa State on the weekend of Dec. 1, and everything crystallized.

The Glenwood senior knew that’s where she would be continuing her cross country and track career.

She said she went into her hotel room, closed the door and had one of those “girls moments, where you do a little dance. That’s how excited I was.’’

The Cyclones probably feel the same way. They are adding a seven-time state track champion and the reigning Class 3-A state cross country winner.

Competing for East Mills last spring, Schraft won the second-place team track trophy in 1-A by herself, scoring 38 points after winning the 800, 1,500 and 400 hurdles, to go with a second-place effort in the 3,000. She transferred to Glenwood for her senior year and beat two-time defending state champion Adrianna Katcher of Center Point-Urbana for the 3-A cross country crown by eight seconds.

Schraft is scheduled to sign her national letter of intent on Tuesday morning at Glenwood High School.

“It just felt right,’’ she said. “My gut was telling me that this was the place to be.’’

Schraft was seriously considering Akron. Trey Brokaw had been recruiting her when he was an assistant at Nebraska. He is in his first season as the Zips’ women’s cross country and distance coach.

She also considered Northern Iowa, Iowa, Kansas State and Oklahoma, among others.

One of the reasons Schraft was drawn to Ames was the presence of Amy Rudolph, who is in her first year as Iowa State’s associate head women’s cross country coach and assistant track coach.

Rudolph is a two-time U.S. Olympian (5,000 meters), seven-time World Championship team member and three-time USA national champion. She was a finalist in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics in the 5,000, finishing 10th, and set an American record in the event that year of 14:56.04.

“I love Amy Rudolph,’’ Schraft said. “I think she’s just such a great person with a great personality. And they were the kind of girls I want to surround myself with. They’re inspiring.’’

Schraft also won a national championship in the 2,000-meter steeplechase last summer in the 17-18 Division of the USATF Junior Olympics. She likely will attempt to compete in the 3,000 steeplechase during the outdoor season at ISU. She also expects to compete in the 1,500 and 3,000 during the outdoor season, but she isn’t limiting herself to anything at this point.

Schraft said she’s thrilled to have her decision made so she concentrate on the remainder of her senior year of high school.

“All of these issues and concerns that I had are just gone,’’ she said.

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