Up Close & Personal with Jenny Hurd

Banner Elk, NC--A native of Danbury, NC, this runner for the Bobcats ran her personal best (20:59) in The Citadel Invitational this past weekend. Join us as we get Up Close with junior Jenny Hurd.

1. What made you decide to come to Lees-McRae? I loved the location and wanted to run with the Bobcats.

2. What are your personal goals for this season? I hope to get into the low 20 minute range and make it to Nationals.

3. What's your favorite Bobcat memory here at Lees-McRae so far? Ultimate frisbee in the snow and mud was the best!

4. What is your favorite part of cross country here at Lees-McRae? My team members are all awesome! We are all so different and get along so well.

5. Who has been the most influential person on your athletic career? My dad has had the most influence.

6. If you weren't a runner, what other sport would you play? Does ultimate frisbee count?

7. What is your major and what do you plan to do with your degree? Prehealth...I have no idea what I want to do.

8. If you could travel back in time to any point in history, where would you go? I'd go to the Renaissance period.

9. What is your favorite band? Sublime

10. What is your favorite book? Dragonlance, OK, so it's a series but I can't pick just one of them.

11. If you could visit any place in the world, where would it be? Ireland...I want to see a castle!

12. What is one word that describes you and why? Caring...I love to help out anyone who may need it.


Jenny's Story… I grew up in Stokes County on a small mountain named Moore's Wall. I went to North Stokes and never really thought that I would go to college. My senior year I was at Appalachian State for a track meet where I spoke to Coach Myers. I decided to come up for a visit and loved the area, even though it was snowing at the end of April. I did not intend to run cross country at all in college, but Coach Mac talked to me and said he needed another girl on the team. Luckily I decided to run. I didn't do too well my freshman year, but with each year since I've improved and now I'm hoping for a chance to get to Nationals! I really have no idea what I would have done without XC and Coach Mac to guide me through the past couple years.