For Rochelle Township High School graduate Megan Schramm, running cross country and track for Webster University was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. With her senior season now over, Schramm will be finishing her undergraduate studies and taking the next step in her academics.
Schramm competed in roughly 20 events over four years for the Webster University cross country team, helping the Gorloks win the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championship in three straight seasons. Her career highlights include a personal-best 6K time during the 2017 SLIAC Championship, where she finished 25th overall in 25:46.8.
“I was worried that collegiate running would put a lot more pressure on me than high school running, but it’s been so fun and it’s always a great challenge to push myself to run farther and run faster, all while finding my purpose for running,” Schramm said. “My coaches give great individual attention to each student-athlete, and they helped me create a great training program, which has helped me be in the best running shape I’ve ever been in.”
Schramm also recorded 5K and 4K personal bests during her 2017 campaign, clocking in at 22:11.1 during the Calvin Knight Invite and 17:43.2 at the WIU Early Bird Invitational. With the track and field program, Schramm showed her versatility, competing in multiple events over her four-year career including the 800, 1500, 1600, 3000, 5000 and 10000-meter runs. At the 2018 SLIAC Championships, Schramm finished fifth in the 5000 and fourth in the 10000.
“My favorite part about running for Webster has been the relationships I’ve fostered on the team and throughout our conference,” Schramm said. “I’ve made some lifelong friends, both near and far. I’ll miss the moments when I’m hurting during a race and one of my competitors turns back and waves me on to catch up. No matter what, we always work together in cross country. Plus, each race is an individual opportunity to get better and I love that challenge.”
Schramm plans to continue her education after Webster University and seek a master’s degree in biochemistry in order to pursue a career in research and development. She also said she’s considering serving in the U.S Navy Reserve. She said her desire to study biochemistry stems from her interest in the brain and Alzheimer’s research.