For McConnell, a two-time state qualifier in Class 4A cross country, another factor that enticed him to run for Indian Hills was the school offered the teaching program he wanted to major in: he will major in Elementary Education. No doubt an appropriate major for McConnell, who loves to teach and be around young kids.
After the Ottumwa track and field season reaches its conclusion, the Ottumwa senior, after a well-deserved short respite, will get right to work preparing to run for the Warriors.
"Right now, I'm doing a little bit of base mileage and a lot of speed workouts," McConnell said. "Once this track season stops, I'm going to take about two weeks off. And them I'm going to get my Indian Hills workout started, which consists of a lot of mileage. We're going to be running pretty long races, so I'm going to need to do a lot of mileage per day."
McConnell, who estimates he will run 8-10 miles per day this summer and fall, is currently in the midst of his senior season on the OHS track and field team. Most recently, McConnell captured fifth in the 1,600-meter run at the Osky Relays Saturday and, along with Roger Cruz, Alec Hensley and Dallas Keasling took third in the 4x800 in a time of 8:59.
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