by Frank Aceto
Associate Sports Editor
Hudson -- At times, it may have been agonizing.
Hudson senior Vince Moeglin went through a process that can drive many high school students and parents bonkers.
Moeglin had made several visits to some colleges and he was absolutely torn about two particularly intriguing universities.
Finally, Moeglin had to decide Feb. 6. Fortunately for the standout distance runner, the choice suddenly became obvious.
Moeglin wanted to continue his academic, cross country and track and field careers at Miami University in Oxford. He signed his national letter of intent Feb. 6 at Hudson High School.
"It just felt like home," Moeglin said of Miami. "It was a place I could see myself living for the next four years. The school is great and the campus is beautiful. Their athletic program is amazing."
While Miami proved to be the winner in this epic process, Moeglin, who is undecided about his major, also had a soft spot for the University of Kentucky.
"I visited there and they showed me around," Moeglin said. "It was great too."
The RedHawks' men's cross country team finished sixth at the 2012 NCAA Great Lakes Regional Championship and third at the Mid-American Conference Championship last year. The men's track and field team placed sixth at the 2012 MAC Championship.
"They've done pretty well," Moeglin said of the RedHawks. "They were the highest rated MAC [men's cross country] team at the Great Lakes Regional. The only teams that beat them were Big Ten teams and Notre Dame."
Not too many individuals beat Moeglin in cross country last year.
He finished 14th at the 2012 Division I state meet.
"We're going to miss him," Explorers head boys cross country and track and field coach Dave Caplin said. "He's obviously a very talented runner. He's fast, strong and versatile. He can run on any terrain. It could be a sea of mud and Vince excelled. That's a true testament of his talent and focus."
Moeglin, who is undecided about his major, hopes the 2012 state cross country meet won't be his last state meet. He has hopes of reaching the 2013 state track and field meet in Columbus. Moeglin is a standout in the 800- and 1,600-meter races.
"I think he's a legitimate contender for the state meet in the 800," Caplin said.
While cross country may be his stronger sport, Moeglin can't deny his affection for running around the ovals during the spring.
"I probably like track better because of the speed factor," he said. "Cross country is more of a mental game."
Whether it's 3.1 miles or 800 meters, the "mental game" can play havoc with a number of runners. If another runner moves ahead, the trailing runner may have a tendency to go against the original plan.
Moeglin is one of the few exceptions -- even though it may not look that way to the casual fan.
"Vince has the best internal pacing clock ever," Hudson assistant boys cross country and track and field coach Jessica May said. "It may look like he's going too fast, but he knows how to maintain it."
It would have been understandable if Moeglin strayed away from the strategy.
A number of times during the 2012 cross country season, Moeglin went head to head with two of the more talented runners in the area in Brian Brennan of Walsh Jesuit and Garrett Crichlow of Twinsburg. Brennan also signed at Miami University.
"They are great athletes and good friends of mine," Moeglin said. "We have a mutual respect for each other and they've helped me become a better runner."
Moeglin didn't exactly have any easy time during practice either.
The Explorers, thanks to their depth, were one of the more talented cross country teams in Northeast Ohio. Teammate Kyle Mau joined Moeglin at the state meet and finished 23rd.
Running long distances against elite competition is not for the weak. Using all your body's energy for such a long period can be quite a grueling process.
Moeglin, on the other hand, seems to have no problem with it.
"He has the mental toughness and the desire to want to push through it," May said. "He's a tough kid."
Moeglin, who transferred to Hudson two years ago after spending his first two years at Walsh, enjoyed working with his two coaches.
"Coach Caplin is a phenomenal coach and it was a pleasure being coached by a great leader," he said. "Coach May has been phenomenal as well. I'm grateful for all their support."