Evergreen runner profiled in regional magazine

November 27, 2006

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Evergreen Women's Cross Country Team member Kelsey Blair was profiled in the current Northwest Runner Magazine in an article titled "Cross-Country: Small Colleges go it alone".

Blair, a sophomore at Evergreen, was chosen along with other Washington college cross country teams and team members that best represented typical student athletes at their respective schools. Small colleges such as Evergreen often provide student-athletes opportunities to take part in sports they may not have had if they attended a large, more competitive school.

Kelsey finished the season as the 3rd runner on Evergreen's women's team and placed 40th at the Cascade Conference Championships. She improved her 5k personal best to 20:50 this season.

Northwest Runner - November 2006

Cross-Country: Small Colleges go it alone

Kelsey Blair (So) Littleton, CO. Evergreen State College: At six feet Kelsey stands out at a cross country race. She walked onto the team in 2005 with some high school cross country under her belt. Her personal best in the 5k is 21:12 and she earned a podium finish at the 2006 Cascade Conference Track and Field Championships in the 3000 meter steeplechase.

Kelsey was attracted to Evergreen by the unique curriculum and national reputation. Her education focus is earth science, a successful and challenging program at Evergreen. "The structure of cross country helps me focus on my studies". Adding, "There is flexibility in coach's program. It's not so intense that I can't do both sports and education and feel overwhelmed". Team is important to Kelsey also. "I love it when the team starts to come together competitively"