Athlete Profile: Heidi Turner

Photo courtesy of Heidi Turner

Name: Heidi Turner
Sport: Cross country running
Hometown: Bozeman, Mont.
Major: Organismal biology
Year in School: Sophomore

What is the best part of cross country running?
I think the team aspect. It’s really cool to push each other and it makes me a better runner knowing that I have a team to push me.

When and why did you start running?
I started in sixth grade. My brother was on the team and they needed another girl to make a scoring team, so he encouraged me to join.

Why did you come to MSU?
I initially tried to leave the state and go to Washington, but I missed home, and since coming back I’ve realized I never wanted to leave. The program is great. Go Bobcats!

What do you do to prepare for a race?
Hydrate, Eggo Waffles and Bobcat pack attack — it’s our chant.

Do you plan to continue competing in running in the future?
Definitely. Until I’m 95. Or at least the rest of college. I’ll be in my wheelchair rolling through marathons.

What do you think is the key to your success as a student-athlete?
Determination. I’ll never give up and I’ll never give anything less than my best.

Have you received any awards while running?
In high school, I received awards in both cross country and track. For cross country, I was the Gatorade Player of the Year for three years, three-time Individual State Champion, and the two-mile Individual State Champion one year. In track, I was a member of the 4×4 relay team that won the State Championship two years. I was four year Academic All-State in both track and cross country.

Is there a person or quote that inspires you?
“To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.” – Steve Prefontaine

What do you like to do in your free time?
I like going to U-Swirl, spending time with friends and family, hiking and fishing.

What is your favorite class at MSU and why?
My favorite class is Energy and Sustainability, because I learn about renewable energy sources and how we can save the planet.

What would you like to tell students/readers about MSU cross country?
Even though we’re underrated, we work hard and get good results.