Alex Horgan ’18 is currently a sophomore at Boston College, where he majors in environmental studies and is a member of the men’s cross-country team. Before he became an Eagle, Alex was one of the greatest runners to ever don the red and black at SAS; he earned First Team All-State honors during his senior season and owns the third and fourth fastest race times in school history. Alex was kind enough to talk to us about his time as a multi-sport athlete at St. Andrew’s School.
What originally attracted you to SAS as a student-athlete?
I was attracted to SAS by the residential experience of not just training, but living with your teammates. The bond that team proximity instills was unmatched outside of St. Andrew’s.
How did your time as a multi-sport athlete at SAS prepare you for the challenges that you faced as a collegiate athlete?
Being a multi-sport athlete while at SAS allowed me to better understand myself as a competitor. I knew myself as a runner, but the opportunity to be a coxswain for the crew team allowed me to experience a different form of competition. I brought my endurance athletics experience with me into the coxswain seat and in turn, brought back the strategy and gritty nature of rowing to my running.
Running and rowing each allowed me to take breaks from the other. I never felt burnt out in a sport while at St. Andrew’s because I focused on each sport in its respective season. I did not appreciate this until I got to college where I now race all three seasons and train year round. Training year round has allowed me to greatly improve my running, and having my St. Andrew’s experience allows me to understand when and how best to take breaks from running in order to maintain my competitive drive and passion for the sport.
Most memorable athletic experience while at SAS:
Competing as a coxswain in the varsity eight final at the Stotesbury Regatta my senior year.
Advice for current SAS student-athletes:
Fully commit yourself to the sport and season you are in. St. Andrew’s provides a unique opportunity to focus on multiple sports, so go all in because you never know what passion you may discover by trying something new.
What do you enjoy most about cross-country?
I enjoy the camaraderie with my teammates. Both at St. Andrew’s and at Boston College, my favorite moments are those spent together. Whether it's running, grabbing lunch, or hanging out, the camaraderie between us extends far beyond the scheduled practice.
In 5 years I hope to be:
Serving as a pilot in the United States Air Force.
I am most proud of
Being elected captain on both the cross-country and crew teams my senior year. I committed myself to both sports and worked hard to set a positive example for my teammates, so I was honored when I was elected captain. For me it was an expression of the respect my teammates had for both my work ethic and leadership in choosing me to lead them during my final seasons.
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