Mar 31, 2016 12:37 AM by Lee Carrell
Hamilton High School distance runner Kelly Koehnen is our Subway Scholar Athlete of the Week. Koehnen has turned in some impressive performances on the track, helping the Braves win three events at the North State Relays earlier this month. However her running career didn't start in a very typical fashion.
"My freshman year I was playing softball, and I was right field. I just never really loved it. I saw the kids running laps and I thought it doesn't look super exciting, because it's laps, but I might as well try something new," Koehnen said.
Koehnen joined the track and field team her sophomore year. Initially she wasn't sure what she'd gotten herself into, but that all changed after her first meet, where Koehnen won all four events she competed in. This last fall she participated in cross country as well, finishing fourth in the section and qualifying for state. However Koehnen also does plenty off the track, where she carries a 4.43 GPA and even worked for her father, a beekeeper, this past summer.
"I was building beehives, nine hour days. It was fun, there's a lot of great people that work over there," Koehnen said.
In the future, Koehnen knows she wants to have a career where she gets to work with people, and hopes to run in college as well.
"I can have a bad day at school and I'll just run, and my friends are always so supportive, and I love it," Koehnen said.