CARSON CITY — Carson City-Crystal cross country runner Kaitlin Beyer finished her career this year as one of the best runners in school history.
Last week, Beyer signed a Letter of Intent to continue her running career for the Lansing Community College (LCC) Stars.
LCC has an outstanding cross country program and were 2013 NJCAA Region XII champions. The Stars won national championships in 1991, 1992, 1994 and 1995.
“It’s relieving, it’s exciting and it’s a big thing,” Beyer said of signing. “I never thought I would actually run in college. I never thought it would bring me this far.”
Beyer’s hard work and dedication to the sport of running is what has brought her this far.
“She has improved every year I’ve had her (since her sophomore year),” Eagles coach Grant Woodman said. “The sky is the limit for her. She is an incredibly hard worker. Now that she has the focus and drive, and with other people to push her, I think that she will thrive in that environment.”
A four-time Division 3 state finals qualifier, Beyer improved her time in each of her four finals appearances. Beyer placed 53rd as a freshman, 38th as a sophomore, 17th as a junior and eighth as a senior, earning All-State honors her final two seasons.
“I’m very excited she has chosen to continue her education and athletic career at Lansing,” Stars coach Jim Robinson. “I’ve watched her in high school and you can see she has both the athletic talent and the passion for the sport and competitive attitude.”
This past spring, Beyer thought there was a chance she could run in college and as she said, “It turned out perfectly.”
Now running 20-30 miles per week, Beyer said she started liking running in the seventh grade.
“It became more and more serious as I continued. The love for it just grew,” she said.
With a PR (personal record) of 18:58 minutes, set at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Beyer has some goals.
“I want to make sure I train in the offseason and not stop,” she said. “I want to up my mileage and continue to PR. I would love to reach 18-flat.”
Robinson thinks adding Beyer to the team’s mix will only help the already successful program.
“With her and our returning runners, we should have one of the best teams we’ve ever had,” Robinson said. “We have a good long history of being very competitive. We have won the regional title 16 of the past 18 years and defending regional champions.”