Athlete of the Week: Megan Reilly

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Sport: Cross Country

Year: Second

Major: Photography

Hometown: Warwick, New York


How Did You First Start Running Cross Country?

I first started running because my family has always had runners in it. My grandfather was in the Olympic trials, which then caused my uncle to run and then all of the rest of my family.

Outside Of Cross Country, What Do You Like To Do?

It’s funny because when I was asked the same question when I was younger, cross country would be my main hobby. Over the years the others have taken higher priority over running. I am in the photography BFA so I would say that is a hobby. Alongside that, I play guitar and make music.

Who Are Your Biggest Role Models?

Biggest role models is a hard one. I don’t have too many sports-related role models anymore, but when I was younger I would talk to Mary Cain who was a couple years ahead of me and destroying the women’s running field. If you ask anyone who knows anything about high school running, they would know who Mary Cain is.

Are You A Fan Of Any Professional Teams?

Not too much, I used to like watching soccer when I played, but I don’t do that much anymore.

Do You Have Any Sports-Related Superstitions?

As for superstitions, when I was in high school I would eat olives the day of a race, only sometimes though.  Now I just wear weird crew cut socks.

What’s Your Favorite Sports Memory?

My favorite memory from running would have to be my whole younger high school experience. Being on a close knit team when I was younger was a good way to make friends and grow as a person. High school is tough, so having senior girls supporting me was one of the best things that could’ve happened to me.