Quality Toyota Sports Spotlight: Keeghan Hurley [UPDATED]Published 10:42am Tuesday, October 8, 2013 Updated 5:21pm Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Perham cross country and track standout Keehgan Hurley is one of the most successful athletes in one of the area’s most successful high school programs.
Through state and national championships, Hurley continues to lead a Yellowjackets team that ranks at the top of the state.
I talked to him before his final home meet about what keeps him going and, besides running, what he likes to do with his free time.
Q: What is your favorite subject in school?
A: I’d have to say history. I’ve always been a guy who loves going back, even if it’s just in a sport, I like studying a sport and seeing the history. I go back and see all the great runners in the 60s.
Q: Do you have a favorite era to study?
A: The 60s and 70s for running. History wise, I love the Revolutionary War.
Q: What do you want to do in college?
A: I’m thinking about going into either a Spanish or history major. I could take history and go be a lawyer, I could take Spanish and become a translator, or I might not use any of it and go into business.
Q: You’re obviously going to run at the collegiate level?
A: Oh, definitely. That’s my dream. We’ve had some great runners here like Gabriel Anderson who is a professional right now, and that’s my dream.
Q: What keeps you going running in such a dominant program?
A: My team is able to pull me threw every time. They support you so well. The thing that really motivates me is that each season builds off itself. So like last season I didn’t have the best season — I took fifth. That motivated me to put in my time for the track season and I got second by .7 seconds. Being beat by .7 really leaves you with a chip on your shoulder so I came out this season for my senior year not holding anything back.
Q: What’s on your music playlist for warming up before a meet?
A: I love classic rock.
Q: What’s going through your head when you’re running out there on the course?
A: Cross country is all mental. I’m so driven that I’ll go through anything in my head, like interviews right now (laughs). Whenever I hit a hill that’s really big, there’s a huge state meet hill, I’ll always picture that hill. I’ll have flashbacks to when I’ve lost and that always keeps me going.
Q: What is something that people don’t know about you?
A: I love to fly fish.
Q: How did you get into fly fishing?
A: My dad and I always travel out west to watch my brother swim and we got into fly fishing. My dad’s always been into it, so ever since I was eight I learned how to tie flies and I learned how to fly fish.
Q: Do you have a favorite sports or high school memory?
A: Well, my favorite memory was when I was in Fergus Falls and I won a state title with my brother on the swim team. We had no clue it was going to happen and we won by one point. From here in Perham, just to win two state titles as a team is just incredible.
Q: Do you have a favorite athlete?
A: I’d have to say my brother (Mike Hurley, Indiana Hoosier swimmer and former Fergus Falls Otter). He really inspires me. Professional, I’d have to say Galen Rupp because he’s the American that is pushing the East Africans all over the place and that’s part of my dream, bringing American distance running back.