NORTH SALEM, N.Y. – North Salem senior Katie Mogg is a three-season athlete who plays soccer in the fall and runs track in the winter and spring. In soccer, she has earned All-League Honorable Mention. In track, she holds the school record in the 55-meter dash. She also runs on the distance medley and sprint medley relay teams, which hold school records.
How are you getting through this period of social distancing? What are you doing to keep busy?
Social distancing is tough, but there are plenty of things for me to do to keep busy! I’ve been catching up on a lot of reading as well as TV shows on Netflix. For a good read I recommend “Wuthering Heights” and I recommend watching “All-American.”
How old were you when you started running track?
I started running track in eighth grade, so I was 13 years old.
What is your favorite thing about being on the North Salem track team?
There is a sense of comradery that makes the North Salem track team feel like a big family. Also, everyone is constantly pushing each other and ourselves to improve, which spurs a positive feedback loop of growth and progress.
What is your favorite sports memory from your time at North Salem?
Running any sort of relay race must constitute as my favorite track memory because it is precious to cheer on my teammates and watch them push themselves to their limits.
What is your favorite track event and why?
My favorite event is the 200-meter race. It is not too short, not too long—it’s just right!
Who has been your biggest role model over the years and what have you learned from them?
Besides my parents, who have undoubtedly played the largest role in the formation of my personal character, my former track coach and current English teacher, Dr. Nick Kowgios, has been my biggest role model over my four high school years. Not only has he taught me how to become a better athlete, but I’ve learned from him how to be a healthier and happier person off the track as well.
Do you have any pre-game rituals?
Will you be attending college? If so, where and what will you study?
Although I haven’t officially committed, it is very likely that I will be attending the Honors College at Northeastern University to study English and journalism.
Will you continue to play sports beyond high school?
I intend to give track a shot in college, but if that falls through, I look forward to maintaining an active lifestyle.
If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?
The ability to fly at extreme speeds, so I could travel the world for free.
What place would you most like to visit?
Egypt to see the pyramids.
What is your favorite place to eat locally?
What’s the go-to app on your phone and why?
YouTube, because there’s an infinite amount of videos to keep me entertained.
For a young athlete growing up in the North Salem school district, what would you tell them about the experience of being on the track team and why should they go out for them?
Track is a great sport because it teaches you to rely on yourself for progress, and it instills a sense of discipline and it builds a work ethic in each athlete. Any young athlete should join the North Salem track team if they want to switch to a healthy lifestyle that will follow them long after they graduate high school.
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