Sughroue reflects on NCAA appearance
As a track star with the McCook Bison, Molly Sughroue combined to run down a half dozen state titles as a 400 and 800 meter specialist.
She was also a member of the 1600 meter relay gold medal winning roster in 2011 as a freshman. Since then, she's gone on to run at the Division I level, building her resume with even more victories at Oklahoma State.
Sughroue's senior season marked the best one yet as she made it all the way to the NCAA Nationals in Eugene, Ore. to run the 1500.
In the semifinal round, she clocked 4 minutes, 12 seconds, a new personal record and the fourth fastest time in school history while also earning first-team All–American.
"When I was doing a cool down after NCAA's I was just thinking about how upset I was that I didn't make the finals, but I ran 4:12 which is one of the fastest times in school history and I was so upset," Sughroue said.
She ran in a heat with the nine fastest times, but only the top five from each heat qualify for the finals plus the next two quickest. Despite being less than two tenths of a second from racing among the final ten, Sughroue was left satisfied as she reflected back on her journey from McCook High School all the way to Hayward Field.
"I remember running my first ever mile in high school here on this track," said Sughroue as she stood on her hometown oval. "I remember I ran 5:19 and everybody was really happy for me, but I was so upset because I wanted to break five minutes. It just made me laugh a little bit because that's the kind of person I am, no matter what time I do I always want to be better. I think that's one of the things that gets me successful and gets me to where I am today."
On her way to qualifying for the national championships, Sughroue also took the Big 12 conference championships in the indoor mile and finished runner–up in the outdoor 1500.