The cross country team has seen its share of success during Coach Mike McDowell’s 15 years at Olivet. The athletes responsible for this are pictured on the wall in his office across from his desk. And there, hanging in the bottom row, third from the left, is senior Dylan Creger.
After being named one of 2014’s All-Americans, Creger has come out strong this season, placing in the top five at each meet, being named Athlete of the Week on Oct. 10, and run- ning a personal best time of 24:55 at the Royals Cross Country Challenge in North Carolina.
This course is where the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) National meet will be held, and with the team’s second place finish, they are very optimistic for what this season may hold.
Creger is a captain of this year’s team, and he is more than suited for the position.
“Dylan provides the leadership that we need,” McDowell said. According to McDowell, Creger and co-captain senior Brandon Divan “provide great leadership, not only athletically, but spiritually, with team bonding, they are both great individuals that have a passion for their team.”
Creger and his coach agree that his most effective form of leadership is by example, a sentiment shared by his teammates.
“His words have weight because he does not talk a lot. You want to be like him,” freshman teammate John Richardson said. “His shoes have more miles than my car.”
Originally joining cross country in order to lose weight for wrestling, Creger discovered his talent for running. “I found out I was pretty good at it and had a lot of fun with it,” he said.
Training dictates running nearly 80 to 90 miles every week. Running in fall cross country and spring track, Creger does not see a lot of free time. However, one of his favorite passing times is being around his teammates.
“Without a doubt, my favorite is cross country. I like how there is more of a team aspect. My favorite part of the day is going on long runs with people, and having conversations,” Creger adds.
Not only choosing Olivet for its cross country potential, Creger was excited for the academic opportunities. Currently a double major in accounting and finance, he hopes to pursue a career as a Certified Public Accountant after graduation.
—Connor Pestka, staff writer