August 30, 2014
College Sports

McCadden, UB aim to improve at MAC championships

Kaitlin McCadden running for UB. Photo by Paul Hokanson/

Kaitlin McCadden’s love for running has kept her going through the transition from high school to college, recovering from injuries, and just those days where she has to push herself to keep going.

The University at Buffalo cross country runner said it best: “Being a successful runner takes a lot of heart; racing well takes everything that you’ve got in the most rewarding way possible.”

McCadden went on to describe running as a mental sport.

“It takes a lot of dedication and hard work to make improvements, which can be very difficult sometimes,” she said. “Injuries and other setbacks can be very hard to overcome mentally, and the best way to get through it is to stay focused and remember why it is that you love running – to strive for that euphoria you feel.”

McCadden captained the cross country team for three years at Clarence High School and said it could be a power struggle at times, but in a good way.

“My teammates and co-captains can testify to this, it was a bit of a power struggle to be captain of the team,” she said. “But that’s a good problem to have. We had such a strong group of seniors that wanted to lead and mentor the younger members of the team.”

As captain, McCadden helped lead the team to the New York State championship in 2012. She described that and the overall experience of being captain as very rewarding.

“It was so rewarding to help lead the team to states again and be able to get closer to my coach, John Hunt,” McCadden said. “I learned a lot about what... Read the rest of this article in College Sports

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