by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—Those that compete in college cross-country and track compete at a higher level.
That being the case, Kaneland High School senior Andie Strang has been doing that since 2007.
Strang officially committed to run cross-country and track for Division II St. Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, Ind.
Housed in the Great Lakes Valley Conference, St. Joseph’s College was home to the Chicago Bears summer training camp from 1944-1974.
Now in the midst of basketball season for the Lady Knights, Strang has an eye on the future, ready to duplicate her success for Puma athletics.
Strang has also zoned in on her future career.
“I want to go into pre-medicine,” said Strang. “They have a tremendous program. The first thing I was looking for was majors, and it was definitely positive with that school.”
Strang has been a reliable entry for Kaneland athletics and has often found herself in the postseason thick of things in the fall and spring.
The senior qualified for the State final in cross-country her freshman year, and has qualified for State in track, competing in the 800 meter run three times and the 4x800m relay twice.
“I love the 800 here, and I think I’m going to have to do something a bit longer, just because I don’t have enough leg speed for 800 to be my specialty. I think I’ll have more success in something a little bit longer,” Strang said.
Strang is well aware that things will be different in Puma-land.
“It’s a whole other level of competition. Being a D-II school, I’m excited to see what it has, and they compete against a lot of smaller schools. I think it’ll be fun, though,” Strang said.
Strang feels St. Joseph’s is a great venue and feels like home.
“I love the coaches, I love the campus, I love the girls on the team. It’s a small school and that all came together.“