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IU Northwest cross country star also rocks it in the classroom, lab

In competition, Timothy Huber clocks times worthy of world championships

Tuesday Dec 06, 2016


You know you’re a top-notch athlete when you’re allowed to participate in the ITU Triathlon Championships in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

The. World. Championships.

He didn’t make the trip, but Indiana University Northwest senior Timothy Huber is still basking in the accomplishment of qualifying for the triathlon, a feat he hopes to repeat next year and ultimately travel to Australia to compete in 2018.

Competing in triathlons is kind of a side job for Huber, who is first and foremost, a stellar chemistry student and cross country team standout. The majority of the triathlon races he competed in this year were Olympic Distance, which consist of a 1.5K swim, followed by a 40K bike, and conclude with a 10K run.

En route to his world championship qualification, he started off his triathlon season by qualifying for the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Collegiate Club National Championship in Clemson, S.C. During the summer, he collected enough local triathlon wins to qualify for the USAT Age Group National Championship hosted in Omaha, where he placed 12th out of the best age group competitors in the country. That was the performance that qualified him for the World Championships.

But getting back to the IU Northwest cross country season, Huber grabbed both second and third place overall finishes under Coach Javier Heridia.

In October, the team traveled to Denver for a conference meet, and Huber placed tenth, good enough to qualify him for the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Cross Country National Championship in Elsah, Ill, where he ran with some of the best cross country runners in the U.S. In doing so, he was able to set a new school record time of 26:45 for the 8K, which is an average pace of 5:25 per mile.

A winner in the classroom and chemistry lab as well, Huber will graduate in the spring with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry with minors in physics and mathematics.

He was recently recognized as a prestigious student in the upper-level chemistry course, Physical Chemistry, earning him a scholarship from the chemistry department. Another accomplishment was the opportunity to attend the IU Undergraduate Research Conference in early December at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), where he presented his physics research, titled "Supersymmetric Quantum Mechanics and Potentials with the Oscillator Spectrum.” He has been working intensely with this topic for the past semester under the guidance Alonso Contreras-Astorga, visiting assistant professor of physics.

Since April, Huber has been an intern for the pharmaceutical company, Monosol Rx, and recently accepted a full-time position as a quality control analyst with the company upon his graduation. He also will attend graduate school in order be able to work within the research and development department at Monosol Rx.

Huber is quick to give much of the credit for his accomplishments to his biggest supporters -- his parents and girlfriend, Emily,

“They have sacrificed a lot of their time for me,” he said. “I want to thank them for being my permanent cheerleaders and helping me to be the successful man I am today.”

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