From soccer to cross country
Amelia Mallatt | Collegio Reporter
Alex Moase has become one of the younger forces for the Pitt State women’s cross country team.
Moase, freshman from Lee’s Summit, Mo., says her passion for running started in her childhood when she played soccer in grade school.
“I started running with the hope that it would help me improve in soccer,” Moase said. “When I got to high school I gave up soccer for running because I loved it so much. I ended up having a lot of success. I made it to state every year and was able to be a part of four-state championship team titles.”
Moase says she had many colleges to choose from but chose Pitt State because she loved the campus and was excited to run for coach Russ Jewett and the successful women’s team.
“When looking at colleges Pitt State was definitely a contender,” Moase said. “I really liked the campus and size of school, because I knew I wanted to run in college and I looked into the cross country and track programs as well. My high school coach spoke highly of coach Jewett. I took a recruiting visit and really just liked everything here.”
Moase has adjusted well from running in high school to running in college. She credits much of the team’s recent success as conference champions to the comradery and leadership of senior teammates.
“We had big shoes to fill,” Moase said. “Coming in, I knew a lot of seniors had graduated. It was a little overwhelming at first, but we had leaders who set a great example for us.”
Moase views the conference championship as a great accomplishment for her freshman year, but is not content to consider the season complete. She says she is taking her freshman year as a learning experience and hopes for even more accomplishments in the next four years.
“The conference championship is a really big meet,” Moase said. “The training has been quite a bit different than in high school. I now know what to expect and what the competition is like at the college level. Winning the conference was the first goal for the team, and going to nationals is the next goal we’re working toward as a team.”
Winning team championships in cross country takes more than just one or two front-line runners. Since Melissa Peden is running nearly a minute faster than anyone else on the team, Moase has the important duty of setting a pace for the mid-pack runners. This middle group will make or break PSU’s chances at championships. Moase says she is used to winning so expect her to accept this responsibility.