Freshman Morgan Radel dominates Women’s Cross Country meets

Morgan Radel has been running competitive Cross Country since the seventh grade. This season is her seventh Cross Country season. Photo courtesy of Morgan Radel

Morgan Radel has been running competitive Cross Country since the seventh grade. This season is her seventh Cross Country season. Photo courtesy of Morgan Radel

The Women’s Cross Country team has been having a successful season. Since their season started on Sept. 6, the team placed first overall at two meets. One of the team’s standout runners has been freshman Morgan Radel.

Radel placed first in the Dan Conway Classic hosted at University of Wisconsin- Superior on Sept. 6 as well as being UMD’s top runner in the Augsburg University Cross Country Invitational on Sept.15.

With this season being Radel’s first collegiate athletic experience, she has enjoyed “getting to know and connect with new teammates”.

Radel also spoke about some of the challenges and exciting opportunities this season has to offer.

“I enjoy learning new running routes that take me through the scenic trails around Duluth,” Radel said. “[One] challenging part for this season is that the women's running program is in the middle of a coaching change. The interim coach, Scott Keenan, is a great coach and cares about his runners. The challenging part is that the team doesn't know what style of coach we will have in the future.”

Radel feels supported and welcomed by her new teammates she has met this season. Photo courtesy of Morgan Radel

Radel feels supported and welcomed by her new teammates she has met this season. Photo courtesy of Morgan Radel

Radel’s goals for this season were very limited since she was not sure what to expect from collegiate athletics, but she had an idea of what milestones she wanted to meet.

“I knew I wanted to work to earn a spot in the top pack of the cross country team”, Radel said. “That goal could be considered met, but it is an ongoing goal and I will have to keep working to keep it met. Now that I've run a couple of college races, I have goals to see my times get faster.”

Radel has been running cross country competitively since the seventh grade. This season is her seventh season of cross country.

Radel has been supported throughout her career by past couches and her parents. She also has skills to help her focus before a big meet.

Radel is in the forefront during a race. Photo courtesy of Morgan Radel

Radel is in the forefront during a race. Photo courtesy of Morgan Radel

“A main thing I work on to help me with my running is to have a positive mentality,” Radel said. “I work to see each race as an opportunity to see what I can accomplish and each difficult workout as something that will help me reach my goals and improve. I also try to do the little things to help me with my running, such as taking time to stretch and being aware of what and when I eat and drink.”

Scott Keenan, Interim Women’s Cross Country coach, explained Radel’s impressive accomplishments.

“Morgan has been our top finisher in two out of our three meets so far this year, which is a tremendous accomplishment for any freshman,”Keenan said. “Morgan races with confidence and is a very strong runner. She also has exceptional work ethic in practice which pays the dividends for her races”.

Keenan believes that Radel’s future as a UMD athlete is very bright and that she will continue to be successful.