Competitive Balance

Scholar-athlete Porsche Pugh '10 sets the pace for new cross country team

Porsche Pugh '10For someone who never planned on participating in college athletics, dual-sport athlete Porsche Pugh ’10 is more than holding her own.

“Academics always came first, but sports happened to fall in the mix later down the line,” say Pugh. The WildCat cross country and tennis teams—and coaches—are glad that sports have found their way into Pugh’s collegiate life. 

Pugh is a member of the College’s first-ever varsity cross country team.  She participated on the club team last year. “It mean’s a lot to me to be a part of the first-ever cross country team at Randolph College,” she explains. “It’s exciting to see the program expand and receive official recognition.”

Pugh is excited about the future as well. “We have amazing coaches and people on the team who are all very motivated and excited to make the team the best it can be.”

Not only has the team received recognition, but so has Pugh. The Durham, North Carolina, native was the team’s top runner this season. In five of the WildCats’ six meets, Pugh was the first Randolph runner to cross the finish line. Her top finish came at the Virginia State Meet where she was 14th

As a two-sport athlete, a member of the Davenport Leadership Program, and a volunteer at the Crisis Line of Central Virginia, Pugh does not have too much time to relax, which is one of the reasons why she enjoys running. “I love the courses because the scenery is serene which allows me to clear my mind and relax,” she says. 

In the spring, Pugh will play her second sport of the year: tennis. Pugh, who plans on majoring in English with a concentration in biology, began playing tennis at age four and played on and off before joining her school’s team in seventh grade. A true competitor, Pugh likes the challenge that is presented to her each and every time she steps onto the court.

With each new challenge comes the opportunity for success—which Pugh will no doubt have more of as her collegiate career progresses.