GIRARD — Although she has not completed her stellar high school career, all-american runner Cailie Logue recently announced where she will complete after her career at Girard High School comes to a close.
Logue will run for Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. The Trojan senior, with nine Kansas cross country and track championships in her resume, will compete for the Cyclones, who have captured four of the last five Big-12 Women’s Cross Country titles. Logue said she is happy the recruiting process is finished.
“Well, it’s been a long process, and I’m very happy to have finally decided where I want to go.” she said. “When I went on my visit, I had a really great time.”
Logue added that she felt comfortable with the personalities of the team and Iowa State Women’s Cross Country Coach Andrea Grove-McDonough.
Iowa State is currently ranked 15th in the Division I Cross Country rankings and has been ranked as high as first as recently as 2015. The Cyclones have a history of a strong distance program, that includes Betsy Saina, a three-time NCAA Cross Country Champion, who finished fifth at the 2016 Olympics in the women’s 10,000 meters. Logue said the quality of runners at Iowa State was a factor in her decision.
“They have a very fast, good team, "she said. "I didn't want to be the fastest runner on the team, I wanted to challenge myself in training situations.”
Iowa State was one of three official visits Logue took, along with trips to Oklahoma State University and the University of Arkansas. Now that the decision about her future has been made, Logue is happy she can concentrate on her senior-year competition.
“During the recruiting process, I was either researching, or missing school for a visit. There were lots of variables that made the whole process kind of stressful,” Logue said. “It’s definitely exciting to be able to say, ‘I’m going to Iowa State.’”
Logue said she liked the small-town atmosphere she experienced in Ames, adding she was also impressed with the Iowa State campus.
Matt Logue, Cailie’s coach and father said he is also happy the recruiting process is complete.
“As a coach, it’s great,” Matt Logue said. “Any time you have kids that want to continue their running career after high school, it means they probably had a good experience with you. They’re willing to take that on, and it’s a sign your program is in good shape.”
Matt Logue explained that, as a parent, he wants his daughter to enjoy her college experience, and he’s not focusing on the competitive aspect of her choice.
“I hope it’s a good experience for her," he said. "I’m not worried about much of anything else. I hope she goes up there, and enjoys her time up there. If that happens, that’s great.”
Cailie Logue is undefeated this season, including wins at the KU Invitational, the Missouri Southern Stampede and most recently the CNC League Championship. Aside from her victories and the Iowa State announcement, Logue’s memorable senior year includes being crowned Girard Homecoming Queen on Sept. 30. Logue will next compete at the Kansas 4A Regional Cross Country Meet in Burlington.