My name is Morgan Moline, and I love to run. I’ve been a Varsity contributor on both my track and cross country teams since my freshman year, and have received several honors. My idea of fun is having hard work pay off. I’m a Student-Athlete, so my academics come first. I have a 4.0 GPA and I have many opportunities to do well in my athletics as well. I am very driven and I will do anything a coach, teacher, or friend asks of me. I am known to make goals as well. I generally write mine down so I have a tangible thing to look at and wrap my head around. I can easily visualize what I want to do and how I want to do it when I write down my thoughts. My ambition, leadership, and organizational skills are a few of my best qualities.
I’m a 5’10”, 128 pound distance runner. As a sophomore in cross country, I lead my Varsity squad by 30 seconds or more in every meet. I placed 8th in the North Central Conference and I placed 9th at Districts where I qualified individually for State— I finished in 68th place in the Class 3A contest. My PR that year was 16:06 and I’m continually trying to beat it. As a junior this year, I, again lead the team in performance as well as in leadership and work ethic. I placed 11th in the Conference. Track is just getting started, and I am Team Captain along with one other girl. My coaches admire my devotion to the team and my desire to succeed in everything I do. I am always the last one off the track and the last one to finish in the weight room. More than anything, I want my team to succeed. I enjoy passing on tips I have received from previous coaches onto my teammates. One of the reasons why I work so hard is for the benefit of the team as a whole. In the summer months leading up to cross country season, I even help lead workouts in the morning and talk to other girls about joining in on the fun. I am always looking for more people to run with!
I’m not sure at all where I want to go to college, but I do know that I want to stay in or close to Iowa. I like being close to home, but I’m willing to make a few changes! As for size of a school, I don’t want it to be too large. I’m from a small town, so I don’t want to be too overwhelmed with a big school. As long as the college I choose is a good fit for my academics, athletics, and is beneficial toward my career planning, I’d be okay with it! I am undecided as to what I want to pursue as a major, but I am leaning toward Business.
If I am lucky enough to run at the collegiate level, three goals will keep me motivated: work hard every day, maintain a positive attitude, and make an impact. Whether or not I do well is up to me. As my coach frequently says, “If it’s to be, it’s up to me.” That is something to live by.
I want to run in college because I want to make lasting relationships and better myself as a human being. I believe that being a part of a team, especially of cross country or track, will benefit my grades as well. It is a widely known fact that running and exercise are great stress relievers, and being around well-rounded people will enhance my learning environment.
Like in life, you get what you give in running; and I sure do give a lot.