Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Team USA Minnesota Adds Megan Hogan

Megan Hogan, a two-time All-American at George Washington University who finished eighth at the 2010 NCAA Cross Country Championships, has joined Team USA Minnesota, the organization announced yesterday.

Hogan's credentials also include a 10,000-meter best of 32:34.95 and a sixth place finish in that event at the 2010 USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

Team USA Minnesota now counts 13 athletes in its program -- seven women and six men.

During her collegiate running career at George Washington, Hogan (pictured) was the two-time Atlantic 10 Cross Country champion (2009 and 2010) and a two-time qualifier at the NCAA Cross Country Championships. In addition to her 10,000 meter best of 32:34.95, she has posted 16:09.54 in the 5000m

A native of Ballston Spa, New York, Hogan was a high school basketball and soccer star at Saratoga Catholic. She took her basketball skills to NCAA Division III Mount Ida College in Newton, Massachusetts, where she played on the varsity squad her freshman and sophomore years. She began running during her sophomore year and transferred to George Washington University for her junior year to run cross country (George Washington does not have a women's track team).

Hogan received the 2010 Atlantic 10 women's cross country Performer of the Year Award as well as the Atlantic 10 Student Athlete of the Year Award. She was also recognized as one of the most accomplished student-athletes in the history of GW athletics.

"Megan has a very unique running background," said Team USA Minnesota Coach Dennis Barker. "Brian Beil did a great job coaching her at George Washington so she has a good foundation to build on. She also has the personal qualities necessary to be a top runner. She has been running such a short time that her best running is definitely ahead of her."

Hogan will make her professional road running debut at the USA 15K Championships in Jacksonville, Florida on March 12. She will then turn her focus to the outdoor track season where she will compete in both the 5000 and 10,000 meters.

Photo courtesy of Team USA Minnesota.

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