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Egan exemplifies student-athlete

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Brett Egan is no dummy. Take one look at his three first-place finishes during this cross-country season, and it doesn't take a genius to see that this Senior has shown tremendous growth in his time at UNI.

"I wasn't really expecting that, coming into my Senior year," says Egan. "I think it just speaks volumes to coach's dedication to our team, and it's just awesome to see everything pay off."

Cross-country coach Dave Paulsen says, "I think the big difference this year is that he really believes in himself as far as being able to run with the top guys in any race that he's in."

And when it comes to his personal success, Brett has proven that an elite college athlete is capable of just as many achievements in the world of academia... regardless of what drives you to attain that success.

"I took a lot of... almost harassment from my brother and sister because I studied for tests, and they couldn't believe that I'd do that. And it's just been that way my whole life. I just really want to strive to be the best I can in school, because I see my education and class taking me a lot farther than as a runner at this point," says Egan.

"Brett is the portrait of a student-athlete, so he's always been a student first and athlete second," Paulson says. "He's got a 3.97 in Mathematics and he just prepares for school as well as prepares for athletics and he's just another great example of what a student-athlete really needs to be."

A 3.97? Where did Brett fall off the wagon?

"There was one math class, Modern Algebra 2, that I took my first B+ in college, so that was my first B ever in my whole life, so my brother and sister were really proud of me that I took a B in college, so if that gets them happy, I'll take it."

Clearly it doesn't take a genius to see that Brett Egan has made the most of his opportunities at UNI.

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