University of Maine Presque Isle runner Kayla Legassie is an All American for the second straight year. Legassie who finished seventh last year in the USCAA National Championships had a goal of improving on that spot this year.
“I didn’t want to be seventh again this year, but I wanted to be All American First Team. The whole I was thinking I need to get this one and this one ahead of me. A hard finish at the end to get fifth place.”
Coach Chris Smith’s game plan for Legassie was to run the first mile in 6:20, she ended the mile at 6:10 and a member of the lead pack
” I knew my mile I didn’t want to be too fast to cut back on my second mile. I wanted to stay on pace. I was able to lock into my speed and try to maintain that and on the last mile give it my all.”
Legaasse is relatively new to the sport of cross country She played soccer for the Presque Isle Wildcats and helped lead them to a State Championship appearance. During her high school career she set a new girls scoring record at the school two years ago Cross Country Coach Chris Smith approached her about running. He said he is very impressed with her tenacity.
“What she has and you can’t buy it is the heart. Frankly just the sheer guts to dig in and be stubborn and not give in. That is the way she runs every race she has ever run. She is a solid runner very tough tough tough kid.”
Even though Legassie’s college running career is over she is going to stay involved in the sport”
” I would like to do a marathon sometime. Road races stay active in the running community.