September 28, 2020

Lagrange College profiles former Lady Brave distance runner

Article written by Trevor Wenners, Assistant Director of Sports Information at Lagrange College

(Lagrange, GA) — Holly Moreland has never cracked under pressure.

If anything, when the lights are shining the brightest, the rising junior on the LaGrange College women’s cross-country team brings her game to another level.

Moreland put on a show in Rome, Georgia, crossing the finish line in a career-best time of 25:31.00 during the 6 kilometer.

The Franklin native finished 87th overall out of 237 runners.

The young woman was the complete package during her first-collegiate season, as she was the team’s top-finisher in all six meets.

A perfect example of this assertion in action is the 2018 NCAA Division III South/Southeast Regional Championship. The moment could have been overwhelming for a freshman, but Moreland was not your typical rookie by any stretch of the imagination.

The chemistry major turned some heads at the 2018 USA South Championship, placing 28th overall out of 114 competitors, with a time of 26:22.7, in the 6-kilometer race.

Holly Moreland (Photo: Lagrange College Sports)

At the conclusion of the meet, she was named to the USA South All-Conference Honorable Mention Team.

As a sophomore, Moreland competed in four meets and led the Panthers in each one.

The elite student-athlete finished ninth overall out of 67 runners at the N.C. Wesleyan Invitational on Sept. 21.

During the 2019 conference championship on Nov. 2, the 2018 Heard County High School graduate earned 32nd-place laurels out of 112 competitors, clocking a season-best time of 26:37.77 in the 6-kilometer event.

She set a personal record in the 5 kilometer at the Foothills Invitational on Oct. 5, covering the course in a time of 23:06.40.

Moreland spoke about her collegiate experiences and hobbies in a Q&A segment.

Q: What pushed you into chemistry and what are your career aspirations?

A: I have always loved science, but in 10th grade, I took a chemistry class and fell in love with it. When I graduate, I want to get a job working in a laboratory.

Q: What are the keys to being a great runner?

A: The biggest key is to never stop. No matter how tough it gets, we must keep going. Cross country is all mental to me. Physically, we are tired and want to stop at certain points, but we program our mind to keep going.Q: What are the keys to being a great runner?

Q: Can you talk about the positives and negatives of cross country being an individual sport?

A: The positive of it being an individual sport is that we can place and get a medal, without the whole team. We do not have to rely on anyone else to do our best. The negative is when we get tired and want to give up because no one is there to help or take our place.

Q: At the same time, the cross-country program at LaGrange is a close-knit community. Does that give you a sense of confidence when competing?

A: The whole team is close, and we all cheer each other on. When we hear our teammates, who are our family, cheering we know that we can finish the race and do our best.

Q: How would you describe LaGrange College in three words?

A: Friendly, caring and fun.

Q: How would you describe yourself in three words?

A: Hardworking, straightforward and kind.

Q: What is your favorite sport, besides cross country?

A: Golf

Q: What is a hidden talent that you have?

A: I am good at drawing.

Q: Favorite hobby?

A: Putting together puzzles.

Q: Coffee or hot chocolate?

A: Hot chocolate.

Q: What is your favorite movie and snack?

A: “Avatar” and popcorn.

Q: Favorite type of music?

A: I like old music, including ’70s, ’80s and ’90s.

 

To read more about Lagrange College Athletics, visit lagrangepanthers.com. Trevor Wenners can be reached at twenners@lagrange.edu.

Comments

  1. Joann Paschal says

    An amazing young lady, you will accomplish great things. Heard County is proud of you

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