09/29/11 Principal Donna Burroughs told 5th and 6th graders at Riverside Intermediate School, “Today is a special day for you and for the whole town of Plymouth.” They were getting an opportunity to see and hear from world championship racer Morgan Uceny.
Earlier this month Morgan won the Diamond Series race in Brussels making her the best 1,500 meter runner in the world. The championship also comes with a beautiful trophy and $50,000.
During the convocation on Wednesday Principal Burroughs told the children the importance of having a dream and how it can be realized even though you are from a small town. She then asked Morgan a series of questions. Where were you born? Plymouth. Where did you go to elementary school. Webster. Where did you go to junior high? Lincoln Jr. High. Where did you go to high school? Plymouth High School. And where did you go to college? Cornell in New York. Mrs. Burroughs asked her why she went to college and Morgan explained that she wanted to be well prepared to get a good job and that Cornell also had a good running program.
Ms. Uceny said, “I’m pretty lucky. My job is to run…it’s pretty cool.” She told the kids she has running contract with Adidas and practices twice a day. Morgan also listed some of the places she has run including Italy, Belgium, France, Brazil and Korea and the famous people in sports that she has met. At that point Mrs. Burroughs said, “You’re one of those famous people now.”
She was also asked about the Olympics and Morgan she will be training for the US Championships in 2012 and making the top 3 will qualify her for the US Olympic team.
Students had to opportunity to ask Morgan Uceny some questions. One child asked if she had always wanted to do track. Morgan said she loved to play basketball and wanted to be in the WNBA. She started running cross country in junior high to get in shape for basketball. She then said, “Your dreams can change.”
When asked when she first started to run and Morgan said in the 6th grade. She was asked if she would run a marathon and Ms. Uceny said that maybe when she gets older and can’t run as fast. She was asked about practice and said they don’t usually run laps but every week she runs a total of 75 miles. When asked how it feels to be a world champion Morgan said, “It feels great. I don’t feel that much different but I do feel honored.”
At the close of the convocation Plymouth Mayor Mark Senter read a proclamation that proclaimed September 28, 2011 at Morgan Uceny Day. He also presented her with the key to the City of Plymouth.
City of Plymouth
September 28, 2011
WHEREAS, Morgan Uceny, born and raised in Plymouth, Indiana has dedicated her life to physical training and world class competition and is currently the best female 1500 meter runner in the world; and
WHEREAS, Morgan attended Webster Elementary, Lincoln Junior High and graduated from Plymouth High School in 2003; and
WHEREAS, After leaving Plymouth, Morgan then went on to a successful track and field career at Cornell University and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Communications; and
WHEREAS, Morgan’s leadership in her many activities and her worldwide status as a runner has reflected positively on her hometown of Plymouth and Marshall County; and
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Mark Senter, by virtue of the authority vested in me as Mayor of Plymouth, and speaking on behalf of the entire City of Plymouth, do hereby tender to Morgan Uceny the Key to the City of Plymouth and proclaim September 28, 2011 as
Morgan Uceny Day.
We wish her the best in all of her worldly endeavors.