“I had this knee surgery right before I started school again. So I was wobbling around campus and we had chapel five days a week, and this woman was leading chapel that day. Her name was Anita, and something about that woman just drew me in. She shared a little bit of her story and she had a great message and my ears perked up… At the very end she said she was the head cross country coach. Something possessed me to walk up to her that day and tell her that I was interested in joining the cross country team in my crutches and all.
“I was not a runner, I was not an athlete. She welcomed me and she said as soon as my knee was rehabbed that she would be happy to go for a run with me and a few months later we did that and it was the hardest half hour of my life up until that point. But I did it and that is when the transformation started and I started running more, and I joined the team and created a little family for myself on campus, and an identity for myself which I had never had, and it started the transformation in me that I had needed, that I had been looking for in other places that were completely empty for so long… I found what I had been looking for, here.” -Wendy Muckell, Class of 2015