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IU Northwest senior Timothy Huber excels both at his sport and his studies

Dec. 14, 2016

IU Northwest senior and top-notch athlete Timothy Huber recently checked a personal accomplishment off his list: He qualified for the International Triathlon Union’s Triathlon Championships in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

Timothy Huber

Timothy Huber placed 10th in a conference meet in Denver that the IU Northwest Cross Country team competed in in October. This qualified him for the NAIA Cross Country National Championships in Elsah, Illinois. | PHOTO COURTESY OF TIMOTHY HUBER

While he wasn’t able to make the trip this year, 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, where the championships will be held in 2018.

Competing in triathlons is kind of a side gig for Huber, who is first and foremost a stellar chemistry student and IU Northwest 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, a 40K bike ride and 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 Collegiate Club National Championship in Clemson, South Carolina. During the summer, he collected enough local triathlon wins to qualify for the USAT Age Group National Championship hosted in Omaha, Nebraska, 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.

During this year’s 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 10th, good enough to qualify him for the NAIA Cross Country National Championship in Elsah, Illinois, where he ran with some of the best cross country runners in the U.S. In doing so, he set a new school record of 26:45 for the 8K, which is an average pace of 5:25 per mile.

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, where he presented his physics research, "Supersymmetric Quantum Mechanics and Potentials With the Oscillator Spectrum." He has been working intensely with this topic for the past semester under the guidance of Alonso Contreras-Astorga, visiting assistant professor of physics.

Since April, Huber has been an intern for pharmaceutical company Monosol Rx, and he 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 his 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."

Timothy Huber's achievements at IU Northwest align with priorities outlined in the university’s Bicentennial Strategic Plan, including a commitment to student success.

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