Thursday, October 25, 2012

Runner Profile - Erin Koch

Meet Erin Koch

Born: Philadelphia, Pa : November 27, 1987
High School: Pennridge High School, Perkasie, Pa
College: American University, Washington, DC
800 - 208.1
1500 - 4.18
Mile -  4.45
5k -  17.18 (road)
10 Miler - 57.12 (road)

Favorite Local Race:  Crystal City Twilighter
Favorite Local Run:  C&O Canal/ Capital Crescent Trail

Erin’s Story:
In High School my passion was soccer.  I played for a nationally competitive club team, traveling many weekends to college showcases.  I dabbled in track, as a way to stay in shape for soccer, but quit spring track at the closure of my sophomore season.  The combination of track and soccer during college recruiting years became too much.  I never thought I would run track again and committed to play Division I Soccer at American University.

I had an incredible soccer experience at AU, being named captain both my Junior and Senior year.  The winter after my senior soccer season I was asked to compete in a race for AU’s Winter Track Team.  Due to injuries and illness the team was low on numbers.  I quickly became hooked. That season I became the Patriot League Indoor Champion in the 1000 meters.  The Patriot League granted me another year of eligibility as a graduate student.  During this time, I set the school record in the indoor mile and outdoor 1500 meters.  I also qualified for regionals in the 1500 meters, advancing to the Regional Final.

I graduated from American University with a BS and MA in Mathematics.  I am currently term faculty at American University in the Math/Stat Department.  I have now run a full year as a post-collegiate under AU’s head track coach Matt Centrowitz and have continued to see improvement in my times.  Pacers New Balance Racing Team has given me the opportunity to continue to develop and mature as a runner.  I aim to qualify for the US National Championship this summer in the 1500 meters.

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