Athlete of the Week: Nathan McLaughlin

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Amy Truong • The Spectator

At the University of Washington and Seattle University cross-country open, sophomore Nathan McLaughlin reached a new high point in his cross country career. McLaughlin finished first among all the Seattle U athletes on the four and a half mile course. His time was 22 minutes and 44 seconds, which was 36 seconds faster than his run on the same course just last year.

The race earned McLaughlin the title of Seattle U’s athlete of the week on GoSeattleU.com.

For McLaughlin, his dramatic drop in time speaks to the hard work he has put into the sport since joining the team last year.

“It had a lot to do with my summer training,” said McLaughlin. “Over this past year, by doing 70 miles a week, I’ve gotten much better at listening to my body.”

McLaughlin has been running since seventh grade, when he was inspired by his brother’s successful track career.

Coach Trisha Steidl is not surprised by Nathan’s improvement as
a competitor.

“He’s grown a lot, both in his experience and his actual strength from last year to this one,” said Steidl.

Moving forward, Steidl predicts that McLaughlin “should be one of our top guys this year. I think he’ll be a good catalyst for where our program can go. Not only as a good role model, in terms of doing the things you’re supposed to do, but also because he cares about helping the program.”

McLaughlin is currently majoring in general science with a focus on exercise and athletics. Outside of sports, McLaughlin enjoys playing music, badminton, and loves to swing dance at Century Ballroom.

McLaughlin looks forward to the oncoming season.

“I want to help build this program for future years, and use my work ethic and dreams to uplift the oncoming class.”