Catching Up With @GWXCTrack Alum Megan Hogan
Former All-American Recalls Time at GW
Megan Hogan looks back fondly on her time spent as a member of George Washington's women's cross country team.
When it comes to her accomplishments, the Ballston Spa, New York, native has a laundry list. Two-time NCAA All-American, three-time NCAA Championship participant, two-time Atlantic 10 Individual Champion, two-time Atlantic 10 Cross Country Performer of the Year and two-time Atlantic 10 Student-Athlete of the Year. She also tallied the conference's first-ever sub-17 minute performance in a record-setting run for her second A-10 championship.
Despite all she accomplished though, she feels as it something was missing during her time at GW.
A major change to the athletic department since Hogan's departure has been the reinstatement of the indoor and outdoor track programs. The addition now allows cross country student-athletes the opportunity to compete year round, something that Hogan was not able to do while she was at GW.
"I think the addition of indoor and outdoor track is amazing and I am beyond jealous," said Hogan. "I remember how frustrated I was when I was unable to compete at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, but I think it is great for the future of the program and I am really excited to watch it evolve."
Hogan still relishes in the memories of scenic runs around Washington, D.C., landmarks and multiple #OnlyAtGW moments.
"DC has some of my favorite running routes," said Hogan. "I used to really enjoy the Georgetown trails but one of my absolute favorite runs is the National Mall at sunset - it is breathtaking."
Always a runner, Hogan even found herself using her blazing speed in non-competition settings.
"My top #OnlyAtGW moments are running down to the White House on the night that President Obama was elected and running to the National Mall on the day that he was inaugurated. Both were once-in-a-lifetime opportunities that I would have never experienced if I wasn't at George Washington."
After graduating with her master's degree in interior design, Hogan briefly ran professionally for Team USA Minnesota but found trouble balancing the rigors of professional running with her career.
"After Team USA Minnesota, I was pretty burned out from being over-trained and being injured so I took a break from running to focus on my career," explained Hogan. "I honestly never thought that I would run again."
Hogan used her degrees from GW and her interest in interior design to work for an architecture firm in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. She enjoyed her professional work but after a while, she began to get that competitive itch to run again.
"I started out by just running recreationally but then I was convinced to join a local team," said Hogan. "I have been working out and competing with this team for the past year and a half and it has been so great to just return to what I know best. I found out that I can still run pretty fast while working full time, just training less."
Hogan has recently relocated to New York City and will be continuing her career in the interior design industry as a Junior Interior Architect at Wimberly Interiors in SoHo.
When asked if she was ready to join New York City network of over 15,000 GW alumni, Hogan responded like a true Colonial.
"I am totally ready to Raise High in the Big Apple!"
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