Miller to ride for Milligan College
by SARALYN NORKUS Banner Sports Writer
Mar 07, 2014 | 761 views | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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WALKER VALLEY senior Morgan Miller has signed with Milligan College for its bicycling team. Miller has been a member of the HUB Endurance Women’s cycling team for two years, and has been active in the sport for seven. Standing from left are Gareth Miller, WVHS Principal Danny Coggin and Mike Turner. Seated are Julie Miller, Gwyneth Miller (on Julie’s lap) Morgan Miller, Milligan coach Zack Nave and Anthony Miller. Banner photo, SARALYN NORKUS
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Walker Valley High School had a unique student athlete signing earlier this week as senior Morgan Miller signed with Milligan College to be a part of their cycling program.

While there is no cycling program at her high school, Miller has been active in the sport for the past seven years.

“My dad did triathlons and I would join him. I used to run, but that became difficult due to my asthma, so I began cycling,” Miller explained.

Miller has been racing with the HUB Endurance Women’s Cycling Team out of Chattanooga for the past two years and currently is in first place in the Tennessee Bicycle Racing Association Junior Women (17-18) road racing standings with 205 points.

Cycling can be broken into different styles of racing, such as time trial, road race and criterium (crit) racing.

According to Miller, time trials, her favorite genre, are done by yourself for a shorter distance, road racing is more focused on a team aspect and involves longer distances and crit racing is held on short courses and involves many technical skills.

Milligan and King University began talking to Miller in the fall, and it was Milligan that stuck out the most to the senior cycler.

“Milligan just seemed like a better fit for me. I like the community service aspects of the school, and also like their biology program,” Miller stated.

The Buffaloes’ cycling program is currently in its fifth year, and coach Zack Nave, who has been coaching for three semesters, is excited about the addition of Miller to the team.

“Morgan will be a great fit to the team with her personality and skills. She is not a selfish rider and is very team oriented, and despite what some may think, team matters a whole lot [in cycling],” Nave said.

Nave, who also races in the TBRA, first discovered Miller in the racing circuits and has seen what she is capable of.

“I think she has the potential to be a great crit racer,” Nave stated.

Miller will be part of a recruit class that, according to Nave, is taking the team from eight riders to a total of 20.

Currently the Milligan team competes in mountain biking, cyclocross and road racing, but will also be adding track racing in the fall. The Buffaloes compete in six road races during their season and also in the national championship.

The soon to be Lady Buffalo works out five to six days a week, with the days broken up with sprint, distance and interval training.

“I like the training aspect and seeing the improvements I make. I’m motivated by doing better each time,” Miller said.

The past seven years of hard work have obviously paid off for the young cyclist, who can’t help but be excited about her future.

“I’m really excited to be on the team and moving up to collegiate races. I hope to do very well,” Miller declared.