Senior track star looks back at career

By Ed Rietveld

Megan Gregory, a senior sprinter and hurdler, is nearing the end of an outstanding career as a Huskie.

Gregory, a Chicago native, holds the school record in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.49, which was good enough to win the conference title at the 2012 indoor championships. As a redshirt freshman, Gregory also made it to the NCAA West Preliminary round in the 100-meter hurdles after a second-place finish at the 2010 MAC outdoor championships. This year she qualified for the MAC indoor championships in 60-meter hurdles and she will compete in the 100-meter hurdles at the outdoor meet May 9.

“I think I’ve become more hungry on the track compared to high school,” Gregory said. “I always had the sense of determination in high school, but you have to push yourself outside your comfort zone to be able to compete at the collegiate level.”

Head coach Connie Teaberry said Gregory is one of the veterans the coaching staff depends on.

“Megan is a leader by example,” Teaberry said. “I think her concentration and dedication on the track shows through her performance on the track, and I think other ladies on the team, the younger ladies on the team, aspire to have the success that she had and is having, so I would definitely say Megan Gregory is a leader by example.”

Gregory said she will remember her college track experience.

“I think I’ll definitely miss my team and coach for the most part, as well as being able to travel with them and compete and kind of [being able] to grow that bond that we were able to grow through competition.” Gregory said.

Gregory, a graduate of Plainfield North high school, said she doesn’t see herself being away from track and field too long.

“I’d love to stay involved in the sport,” Gregory said. “I was hoping…to be able, even if I could help out coaching hurdles or doing any kind of thing. I would love to remain a part of the track and field atmosphere.”