Katie Spratford
Sr. | Distance

When did you first start running?
I've been running competitively since fourth grade. I fell in love with it right away and have been running ever since. My gym coach was the cross country coach and saw potential as I ran around in gym class. The first time I heard "cross country," I didn't know what it was.

What drew you to Shippensburg?
One of my best friends, Marie Baldino, ran for Ship. I visited her and fell in love with it. We met in sixth grade at track camp and we ended up teammates in high school and teammates again at Ship.

What are you most looking forward to this season?
I'm so excited for this season. It's the longest time I've been able to train without getting injured in the past three years. I've been really fortunate to stay healthy and I'm excited by my potential. We have a lot of talent and motivation this year, it's something really special. Hopefully we can come back with a trophy.

What's the biggest lesson you've learned in your collegiate career?
I've learned a lot. You have to trust yourself and trust your coaching and just be patient. You want things to happen right away and you really have to be patient and just go with the flow. The biggest thing for me was when I got injured with a stress fracture. It was a blessing in disguise. I learned to listen to my body. I think I did too much and didn't pay attention to what my body was telling me.

Do you have any pre-race rituals?
I wear a pair of lucky socks that I've had forever. I only retire them when they're full of holes. The ones I have now are getting pretty holey, but I don't know if I want to get rid of them yet becaues the season is just about to start.

Do you plan to keep running post-graduation?
I don't know right now what I'll choose between grad school and pursuing running. Cross country holds a special spot in my heart, just running out in the rolling hills. I don't think I'll ever stop running.