Student athlete profile - Ana Hodneland

Ana Hodneland


When did you start running?

I ran in seventh grade at HMS. I didn't have a season in eighth grade because of COVID. I joined the track team my sophomore year because I did soccer freshman year.

What has kept you involved?

I like the team atmosphere and being able to compete with and against all the girls on the team. I've been playing club soccer all my life. It's been fun to switch it up with track the past three years.

What is your favorite event?

Probably the 4-by-100 relay. Relays are my favorite overall because I get to be part of a team, and it's so fast and it's really thrilling.

What is the toughest?

Probably the 400 or 4-by-4. It's such a long sprint. The last 100 is so physically challenging, and mentally it's hard knowing it's going to be so physically challenging.

How have you improved since sophomore year?

I came in not knowing any proper running mechanics or the correct way to run any sort of race. I've learned a lot about how to do relays and hand-offs and running mechanics and drills and lifting - basically everything.

What is your goal for the season?

Making it down to the state meet again in some of the relays would be really awesome and hopefully making it to the finals. We did in the 4-by-100 last year, which was unexpected but really exciting.

Do you enjoy having your sister on the team?

It's been fun. We ran the 4-by-200 relay at state last year. This year I don't see her quite as much (she runs distance), but I still get to see her at the meets.

What would people be surprised to know about you?

I play the drums and I have a pet bunny.

What are your plans for the fall?

I'm going to Washington and Lee University. I'm going to run on the track team there. I'm thinking (of studying) biology, maybe pre-dental.

Why does coach Pat Richards like having Hodneland on the team?

Ana's attitude is everything. Her work ethic is off the charts. I always tell her she reminds me of a Navy SEAL. That's how hard she works. She's a very focused young lady and she's a really good kid.

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Pamela Lannom is editor of The Hinsdalean