Big Rapids distance runner commits to Northern Michigan University

Meghan Langworthy

BIG RAPIDS — Meghan Langworthy has one more season of track at Big Rapids

But her future plans have been made.

The Cardinal all-state distance standout has already announced her plans to run track and cross country at Northern Michigan University after she graduates.

“I think they struggled this season with sickness and stuff, but I think they’re doing pretty good,” she said.

The Upper Peninsula is notorious for its long winters. But Langworthy seems to be up to the challenge.

“I like running in the snow, it’s fun,” she said.

Going into the 2019 track season, Langworthy has goals of low 11 minutes for the 3,200 meters. She also wants to go to the state meet with her 4×800 team.

Her PR in the 3,200 is 11:33.16. She was 19th at the state finals last year.

She will also run the 1,600-meter run.

Track practices started on March 11 but Langworthy pointed out distance runners have still been able to put in the miles despite the snow and cold weather. She’s hoping for her best season.

This week, the weather has been more favorable for term break.

Langworthy is hopeful of a strong distance team for the Cardinals this season, and also a strong enough squad which can compete against the likes of Chippewa Hills and others in the Central State Activities Association Gold Division.

“We should be pretty good,” Langworthy said. “Every year is different.”

The season opens on April 9 at Grant.


Posted by John Raffel

John is a sports reporter with the Pioneer as well as the Herald Review and The Lake County Star. He also coordinates the weekly Pioneer sports outdoors page. He can be reached at (231) 592-8356 or by email at

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