By Kevin Eckleberry firstname.lastname@example.org
July 5, 2014
Andrew Coggins is taking his talents to Rhode Island.
Coggins, who recently wrapped up a phenomenal running career at LaGrange High, is heading to the Ivy League.
This fall, Coggins will be a student at Brown University, and he’ll be a member of the cross country team, as well as the track and field team.
Coggins heads to college after amassing an impressive athletic resume at LaGrange that included a pair of state championships in track and field.
In addition to his athletic prowess, Coggins is also an exceptional student, and he was LaGrange High’s STAR student.
Coggins wanted to attend an Ivy League school, and he was also looking to continue to run competitively.
After exploring different options, Coggins figured the Rhode Island school was the best fit for him.
“It wasn’t a given that I would run cross country there,” Coggins said. “I emailed the coach, and he said we’d love to have you. From there on, I was really excited for it.”
Coggins said he was also accepted at Dartmouth, but he wasn’t sure he’d able to run there.
“I also got into Dartmouth, and I was talking to their coach, and I didn’t receive quite as positive a response,” Coggins said. “I had a better visit at Brown. That was one of the main reasons I decided to go Brown. Not the main reason, but one of the reasons.”
Coggins said distance running is an extremely competitive undertaking in the Ivy League, with some of the country’s best distance runners making their way to those schools.
“A lot of people don’t think of the Ivy League as really being competitive in sports, but in cross country, it might as well be the SEC. It’s rough,” Coggins said. “It’s going to be a huge challenge, and hopefully I will get the chance to compete some my freshman year. I doubt that I’ll be a top seven runner the first year out there, but it’s a long-term goal.”
Already a heavy runner who chews up a lot of miles during the year, Coggins has upped the mileage even more this summer as he gets ready for college.
“I’ve been talking to the coach. I’ve been doing a higher mileage than I usually do,” Coggins said. “This week, I’m doing 65 miles over six days. Today, I’m doing 13 miles, in two different runs. It’s a lot denser training. I’m doing pretty well with it, though. I haven’t gotten too tired of it yet.”
Coggins leaves behind an impressive legacy at LaGrange High, both in cross country and track field.
This spring, Coggins put the wraps up on his high-school career by winning his second state title, this one in the 1,600-meter run, and he was third in the 3,200-meter run.
A year ago, Coggins won a state championship in the 3,200, and he was second in the 1,600.
In cross country, Coggins earned a fourth-place finish at the state meet as a senior, and he helped the Grangers finish second as a team.
He was eighth in the state in cross country as a junior.
Now, with high school in his rearview mirror, Coggins is eager for a new challenge, and he’ll certainly get one.
“It’ll be intense, but I think I’m ready for it,” he said.
Brad Wilson, who coached the distance runners at LaGrange High, said Coggins has everything it takes to be an accomplished runner.
“You combine that intelligence with his work ethic and natural talent, and you’ve got the makings of a great runner,” Wilson said. “I’m looking forward to following him this fall and see how his races go.”