Polhemus hired to assist USF cross country and track teams

Amy Polhemus has been named assistant men’s and women’s cross country and track & field coach at University of St. Francis, it was announced on Monday. In her role, Polhemus will also serve as the school’s intramural coordinator.

Polhemus comes to USF from North Central College where she spent two years working with the women’s cross country and track & field programs as a graduate assistant coach.

“We’re excited to have someone with Amy’s energy and enthusiasm joining our coaching staff,” USF head coach Jeff Barker said. “We look forward to seeing the impact her strong background and coaching ability have on our runners, specifically with sprints and hurdles.”

In Polhemus’ time coaching hurdles, NCC’s Madison Renfro won the 2016 NCAA Division III national championship in the 60-meter hurdles. Also, the Cardinals’ women’s cross country team had six all-conference runners and won the 2015 College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin Championship during Polhemus’ two years with the program.

Polhemus had a very successful track & field career at Lewis University. She was an All-American in the 1600-meter relay at the 2015 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships and earned all-conference honors in each of her four years (2012-15) with the Flyers. She set school records in the 400-meter hurdles, 1600-meter relay, and the distance medley relay.

Off the track, she received the Christian Brothers Achievement Award Scholarship and participated in three mission trips with Messiah Lutheran Church.

“I am so excited to join the St. Francis family,” Polhemus said. “It is such an honor be chosen for the position and I cannot wait to begin working with Jeff Barker, the teams, and the rest of the coaching staff. I am so thankful to have gotten such a great opportunity.”

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