STM’s Hogan loving problem of dual-sport fall marketing campaign | Sports activities
CHAMPAIGN — Reese Hogan tried it final spring. Being a dual-sport athlete at St. Thomas Extra.
It didn’t fairly work out. Not due to something Hogan did or didn’t do, however as a result of the continued COVID-19 pandemic worn out her try at competing in monitor and subject and women’ soccer concurrently.
So what did the North Carolina transplant do at first of her senior yr with the Sabers?
Put forth one other effort to her objective of enjoying two sports activities without delay.
This one has been much more profitable, and it’s reaching an fascinating plateau on Saturday.
Half I is Hogan working a cross-country race — the St. Teresa Invitational — for STM at Forsyth’s Hickory Level Golf Course, scheduled for an 8:30 a.m. begin time.
Half II is Hogan returning to that course for golf motion on the LeRoy Invitational round 1 or 2 within the afternoon.
“That is positively going to be one of many highlights of my season,” Hogan mentioned. “I’m actually excited for cross-country as a result of I heard it’s an superior course. As I’m working on it, I’ll scout it out as I get to golf later.”
Ever since Hogan started highschool, she’s been destined for a double-duty second reminiscent of this.
She’s spent most of her life in North Carolina, as her dad, Ken, usually was stationed there within the Marine Corps. The exception up till just lately was when Hogan was in fourth grade and her dad was deployed to Afghanistan. Hogan, her mom and her youthful brother briefly moved to Illinois to be nearer to household at the moment.
Again on the East coast as a highschool freshman, Hogan ran cross-country and performed volleyball in the identical season. It shortly confirmed her dedication to each ventures.
“I might have volleyball video games, after which afterward I might exit on the monitor at the highschool,” Hogan mentioned, “My mother and father could be holding up headlamps, and I’d be working my exercises across the monitor at like 9, 10 o’clock (at night time).”
Earlier than Hogan’s junior yr of highschool, the household returned to Illinois to assist her great-grandma and grandparents.
After the track-soccer mixture didn’t pan out for Hogan through the 2019-2020 tutorial yr due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Hogan sought out a brand new pairing for this fall — even with the pandemic wreaking havoc on the IHSA schedule.
Hogan mentioned her great-grandmother and grandfather each have previous ties to golf, which introduced that sport to her consideration alongside distance working.
“They positively had an influence on my pursuing golf,” Hogan mentioned, “and with corona going round, I didn’t actually know if I used to be going to have a cross-country season. So speaking with my mother and father and my grandparents and everybody, they … inspired me to exit for golf. And I’m actually excited I did.”
Hogan quickly resumed her all-hours strategy to dual-sport coaching.
“I really like the problem,” Hogan mentioned. “When I’ve golf meets within the afternoon the place I can’t make my cross-country apply, I stay out within the nation, so I’ll stand up and I’ll run round our lane, 4 miles. I’ll get up at 4:45 to do this, or if I don’t get to get up at the moment I’ll run afterward in the dead of night, with my headlamp once more.”
Requested if she ever finds time to sleep, Hogan admits she thrives after spending fewer hours counting sheep.
“I appear to really feel like if I get up earlier and I fall asleep later then I really feel extra awake,” Hogan mentioned, “somewhat than if I slept in additional and would simply sleep.”
Hogan’s golf profession obtained off to a robust begin through the Sabers’ Aug. 17 season opener at Farmer Metropolis’s Woodlawn Nation Membership. Her 18-hole card of 104 served as STM’s fourth and ultimate scoring mark because the staff snagged first place.
“I’ve by no means performed aggressive golf (earlier than that day),” Hogan mentioned. “Coach (Alan) Dodds and Coach (Kim) Zahrn, I really like them. They’ve helped me alongside the best way, and so have my teammates.”
As for cross-country, Hogan mentioned she was happiest with the outcomes from the Paxton-Buckley-Loda Invitational final Saturday, through which the Sabers positioned third as a unit and Hogan took tenth individually with a 3-mile time of 20 minutes, 9.91 seconds.
“We have been actually pumped about that,” Hogan mentioned.
Hogan is likely one of the uncommon people who selected to select up an additional fall sport along with persevering with on in one other IHSA fall occasion that wasn’t postponed in response to the pandemic.
She mentioned it’s led to a little bit of adversity in life scheduling and placing a steadiness between her sports activities and different duties. However adversity is also one thing to which Hogan is accustomed.
She was residing in North Carolina when Hurricane Florence struck the state in September 2018. Amongst different main changes, Hogan needed to stay together with her household out of a single room for six months whereas repairs have been made to their house.
Moments like that make dealing with a cross-country meet and golf event on the identical day appear to be a stroll — or run — within the park.
“We have been out of college for a whole month (due to the hurricane), and I needed to prepare for cross-country by myself with out my teammates,” Hogan mentioned. “I’m simply very used to hostile conditions, and this positively shall be one this weekend.”