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June 12, 2014

BHSU Men's Cross Country Welcomes Alec Baldwin

Spearfish, S.D. – Black Hills State University is proud to welcome Alec Baldwin to the Yellow Jacket Cross Country team. Baldwin, a transfer from Iowa State University, has decided to join the cross country team and also continue his degree in Exercise Science.

What brought Baldwin back to the Black Hills was the opportunity to train in a more ideal environment. He feels that the Black Hills area holds great training opportunities for many reasons but the main reasons that stick out to him are the scenery and also the change in terrain.

 "It is a beautiful area to run in," said Baldwin, "More so, it's just a fun place to run." After training in Iowa for three years, he feels that the change in environment would allow him to train better by preparing him for areas that also have changing terrain.

Cross Country Head Coach Scott Walkinshaw added, "It's not flat dirt roads… there are hills, trails, and scenery."

During his cross country career at Spirit Lake High School in Spirit Lake, Iowa, Baldwin was able to achieve a top three placing in the 2A Class State competition for three years.

Baldwin also had the opportunity to run in the Drake Relays that are held at Drake University. The Drake Relays is a prestigious track and field event that has been held for over 100 years and usually has an attendance of 10,000 or more spectators. With his competition being the top athletes from the high schools in the area, he was able to take the win in the 1600 Meter event with a personal best of 4:14.76.

Iowa State University has given Baldwin the opportunities to participate in BIG 12 conference national events. During that time, he was able to lock in two National All-Conference titles.

"His experience at Iowa State is invaluable." Coach Walkinshaw later stated, "He will be a great asset to the program as we continue in the RMAC NCAA Division II."