Morgan Mosby lets life come to her, but when opportunities present themselves, she embraces them.
The 22-year-old Evergreen resident didn’t decide to attend Mullen High School until it was mentioned as a preparatory school for college. So she jumped at the chance. She didn’t consider herself an elite runner, either, despite back-to-back 4x800 4A state track championships in high school during her sophomore and junior seasons. She finally realized that she was pretty good in her junior year of college.
And it was at the Air Force Academy — which, by the way, Mosby wasn’t considering attending until she was already at Mullen — that she realized just how good she was. The 2009 Mullen graduate is a multiple-time Mountain West Conference champion and a school record holder in the 1,000 and 1,500 meters. She became the first female at Air Force to win an individual conference outdoor track & field championship.
A 2013 team captain, Mosby initially set the school mark in the 1,500 last year in 4 minutes, 23.74 seconds. She shattered her own record by nearly 4 seconds at 4:19.86 during this year’s NCAA outdoor track & field championships. She set the school mark in the 1,000 in 2011 in 2:54.62. In all, Mosby holds three school records at Air Force, joining teammates Bethany Gross, Annette Eichenberger and Melissa Fuerst as the best distance medley relay team in Academy history. They set a mark of 11:15.76 at the Drake Relays last season.
Going back to high school, Mosby wasn’t completely sure what direction life would take her, including when it came to running.
“I didn’t, in all honesty,” Mosby said. “I guess I just kind of picked things when they opened up. I picked which door to go through once I got there.”
Life as a runner is not easy, especially at the Air Force Academy. Throw in classes and daily meetings with her commander, and it was go, go, go all the time, Mosby said. But she had a level head, though, when it came time to choose the next road her life would follow.
“It’s pretty demanding to make it through and realize where you want to go,” Mosby said.
Mosby, who graduated from the Air Force Academy this spring with a bachelor’s degree in behavioral science, is headed to Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Miss., for a year of cyber training in hopes of one day becoming a pilot. But that pilot position can wait. For the more immediate future, running is in her line of sight. Who knows maybe she’ll be on the world stage at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
“This is my primary focus. It’s not school or the military,” Mosby said.
With the clock ticking on a running career, Mosby doesn’t want to look back and ask what if. This time, another door is open, and she’s running through it as fast as she can.
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