“I have dreamed of running at LSU and the fact that it is actually happening is crazy to me.” Callie Hardy, Class of 2021
Cross country champ Callie Hardy officially signed with the Tigers this week. As the pen moved across the page, it was the culmination of years of hard work and a commitment to a dream. “I came to Episcopal because I knew I wanted to run at the next level, and it is so cool to see it all finally come together,” says Callie. “I was blessed with the best coaches and teammates and I could not have done this without them. Being a part of the LSU track and cross country team has been a dream of mine for years.”
Callie first laced up her sneakers as a track athlete in seventh grade. A year later, she added cross country. Callie joined the Knights her junior year and has made tremendous contributions to the program since. During her senior year she was part of a team that broke cross country course records. She also earned the 2020 Individual LHSAA Cross Country State Champion title and was named a 2020 All Metro Cross Country First Team member.
Choosing LSU was an easy decision for Callie. “LSU was the right school for me because it is close to home and it has amazing academic programs in addition to its great running program,” she says. “Coach Franks has done an awesome job building up the distance program and I am so grateful to be able to say that I will be a part of it.” In addition to being a part of the team, Callie plans to study kinesiology.
Earning the opportunity to continue doing something you love on the collegiate level is a tremendous honor for any student athlete. Callie offers the following advice to those with a similar goal. “Always work as hard as you can and never give up on your dreams,” she says. “If you believe that you can do it, you’re already halfway there. Trust your coaches, they want what’s best for you. And always keep God first.” That is truly sound advice for anyone to adopt as they reach for their dreams.
Congratulations on taking this next step, Callie! The Episcopal community can’t wait to see you in purple and gold.
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