STORM LAKE, IOWA (KCAU) – After graduating from Sioux City East in 2016, Emily Hoesing considered herself a tennis player who just loved to run.
“When I got to college, I pretty much came to BVU to play tennis and study art and Spanish,” said Grade 6 Emily Hoesing.
Hoesing only competed for a year in high school, doing cross country in his senior year. But after his first tennis season at Buena Vista, the former Raider wanted to get back on the track.
“In my free time I would go out by the lake and go for a run,” Hoesing said. “Every once in a while I would see the cross country and track teams running so I thought maybe that was something I could do since I had run before. In the spring of my freshman year, I emailed the then head coach. I asked if I could go out and join the team and he said yes and I’ve never looked back since.
The injuries would cause Emily to step away from the tennis court and focus on running full-time, a decision even her coaches never expected.
“At first I was surprised, then I thought to myself why didn’t you run in high school? Cross-country and distance head coach Chris Orlow said. “She’s not always the loudest in practice, but she does all the work she needs to do and she also sets a good example for the freshmen and the young boys and girls on our team.”
And Emily’s race got people talking. Hoesing holds the record for 4 different events and, after returning this year, is the only graduate student the program has ever had.
“I think it’s a really good experience, just to continue my studies and stay as long as possible,” Hoesing said.
“That’s all you can ask for as a coach,” Orlow said. “To have someone who wants to train every day who wants to work to be successful, who also wants to push their teammates. It really builds a program.
And as his final season approaches, the goal for the 6th senior year will be mastery… while leaving his mark on BV riders to come.
“She’s breaking a record, at the next record I’m trying to break that record now,” Orlow said. “She’s done a lot for our program and we’re really excited to be back with her for at least one last season.”
“I always want to do more, challenge myself and cover more miles, more than what is expected of me… and I hope my records will stay good for a long time to come.”