2013-14 (R-JUNIOR) : Cross Country: finished in 21st place at the Big Ten Championships in an 8,000m time of 24:51.9...The men's cross country team won the Big Ten Championship for the first time since 1980 and finished in the top-10 at the NCAA Championships for the third time in the last four years with an eighth-place finish...finished in 11th place at the Great Lakes Regional Championships to earn All-Region honors...was the Hoosiers top runner at the NCAA Championships finishing in 45th place with a time of 30:51.9 for the 10K...ran an 8K season-best of 23:59 at the Wisconsin Adidas Invitational. Indoor: finished in third-place at the Indiana-Purdue dual meet in the mile run in a time of 4:12.83. Outdoor: finished in second-place in his section of the Penn Relays 5K in 14:01.67...finished in fourth-place at the Big Ten Championships in the 10K in 29:08.52, the fifth fastest time in school history...qualified for the NCAA East Preliminary Round and finished in 29th place in the 10K.
2012-13 (R-SOPHOMORE): Indoor: ran a season-best time of 4:11.73 in the mile to finish in third-place at the Indiana University vs. Purdue University dual meet...Outdoor: finished 10th at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships in the 10,000-meter run with a career-best time of 29:56.15...finished 10th at the Polytan Invitational with a career-best time of 1:54.82 in the 800-meter run.
2011-12 (R-FRESHMAN): Cross Country: Finished 12th and was the sixth Hoosier to cross the line at Indiana Intercollegiates in a time of 25:15 ... participated at the Cowboy Jamboree where the Hoosiers placed second as a team ... ran in 27:00 at Pre-Nationals .... placed third at the Hoosier Invitational in 25:37.80. Indoor: Ran PRs of 4:07.22 in the mile, 8:11.23 in the 3,000m and 14.21.23 in the 5,000m. Outdoor: Clocked a 1:55.74 800m, a 3:53.87 1,500m and a 14:37.17 5,000m, all PRs.
2010-11 (REDSHIRT): Cross Country: Redshirted. Indoor: Redshirted. Outdoor: Redshirted.
PREP: Ran lifetime bests of 1:56 in the 800m, 3:51 in the 1,500m, 8:27 in the 3,000m and 15:09 in the 5,000m for Bill Cunliffe at Courtice Secondary School ... earned multiple MVP awards in cross country and track and field ... was named the 2009 Senior Male Athlete of the year ... holds school records in the 1,500m, 3,000m and 5,000m.
PERSONAL: Son of Eric and Cathie Esselink ... has a sister named Danielle ... born February 28, 1992 ... majoring in economics
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