Kelsey Hogan of Steady Brook is off to a fine start to her cross-country running with the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds.
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FREDERICTON, N.B. — She’s only getting her feet wet, but already Kelsey Hogan is making a lasting impression.
The 18-year-old Steady Brook native is a member of the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds female cross-country team competing in the Atlantic University Sport championships Oct. 26 in Moncton, N. B.
A graduate of Corner Brook Regional High in 2013, Hogan opted to attend UNB to pursue a bachelor of philosophy in interdisciplinary leadership studies, while also doing music and pyschology as a minor in her freshman year.
“It’s an incredible experience. The team is really supportive here,” Hogan said Tuesday while taking a break from class.
Varsity Reds coach Jason Reindl has been impressed with Hogan’s enthusiasm for running and believes she will play a part in helping the team place in the upper echelons at the AUS championship later this month.
“Very committed to improving herself, very focused and driven, and most importantly she’s able to learn and she realizes that she still has a lot of learning to go,” Reindl said of the rookie.
Only a couple of months immersed in a hectic training schedule where she spends a lot of time with her teammates, Hogan has surprised a lot of people with her performance in a number of races leading into the AUS tournament. The top five runners score points for the team and Hogan has been holding down the fifth spot in the 14-member team so she has come a long way in a short period of time.
“At the moment she’s ahead of five seasoned athletes and we’re counting on her to move up on the day,” Reindl said.
Reindl believes Hogan has the potential to do some impressive things as a runner, but he insists she has a ways to go before she reaches her full potential. He encourages her to get stronger and faster as she trains with the team.
“She also needs to learn how to push through the pain which is something that’s very difficult in our sport,” he said.
Hogan has enjoyed maintaining a good balance between running and her studies so her focus is on getting better every day and having fun while doing so.
She’s realistic in her expectations for her first appearance at the AUS championship although she admits she hopes to someday challenge the best in the country at the Canadian Intercollegiate Sport (CIS) level.
“My plan is to go out there and run the best race,” she said. “I would just like to run my hardest, get a personal best and leave the race feeling good.”
Once she has her first AUS championship under her belt, she will take a week off to rest up for the start of another training program, this time for the Varsity Reds track and field team.
It’s going to be interesting to see how far she can take her game over the next few years. It’s a safe bet she will keep working her butt off because she knows a strong work ethic is the reason she has made it this far.