Jeremy Morgan is a competitive guy. He ran for the Cyclone men’s cross country team the last two years earning consecutive All-Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference and All-NJCAA Region IV honors and competing individually at nationals. He also helped his team win the 2016 Skyway championship, not done since 2004.

This speedster played soccer for a few years in middle school, but started track in high school and cross country his junior year.

“In high school we had to run in gym class, and I was way faster than everyone else so I got into track. I later tried cross country and realized it was something I wanted to stick with,” he said.

His competitive drive stems from running against others. “My motivation to run hard is being competitive with other people I know in the race, like a teammate or person on another team I know. I try to stay with them and want to defeat them.”

Even with all his college success, Jeremy sees room for improvement. Running fast isn’t easy, especially when fellow contenders are pushing hard to do their best. But that’s exactly what inspires him to be the best runner possible.

As for a successful stint at Moraine Valley, he has a few memories to take with him.

“Winning conference because we knew it’d be really close competition. When we found out the men and women’s team won, it was really cool. The guys did really well, and we thought it’d be a much closer race, but we won by quite a bit. We did what we needed to do to win conference,” Jeremy said. “I’ll miss the whole team, the relationships with them and how close we are. I’ll also miss Coach Dimitri. He helped me run in college and just helped me run at a higher level. I’m glad I continued running in college and getting up for those 6:30 a.m. practices. It was worth it.”