Eric Peterson, Published October 28 2013
Cobbers cross country runner Ryan Sederquist balances his passions on a daily basis
Ryan Sederquist at times trains in darkness – the early morning runs are a necessity on some days to fit into his busy schedule.
“He is doing hours and hours by himself on a dark road in the morning,” said Concordia head cross country coach Garrick Larson.
Sederquist has been the top men’s runner for the Cobbers this fall.
The Moorhead High graduate has excelled, even though he often trains on his own due to his commitment to the Concordia band. He usually can’t make it to three cross country practices a week because he’s practicing with the band.
“There are only certain kids that can self-manage that well,” Larson said. “It takes a special kid to be self-motivated to that level.”
Sederquist plays the trumpet for the band and that generally calls for 15 hours a week in practice time. Add in 15 to 20 hours a week more to train for cross country and a full class load and that does not leave many gaps in his day.
“I believe that they are gifts that God has given me,” said Sederquist, who also helps lead a worship group. “So I want to be a steward for them and push them to the max.”
Sederquist is also in the midst of planning for his wedding. Christie Bunge, his fiancee, is a former Concordia runner and a first-year seventh-grade math teacher in Fargo.
They plan to get married next summer. Bunge often marvels at the dedication of her future husband.
“I don’t know how he does it,” Bunge said. “I personally couldn’t do what he does …. but he is a very efficient person.”
Larson marvels at the fact that Sederquist at times is able to log 90 to 100 miles per week and also balance that with band practice and being a music education major.
“It is a really a battle of two loves,” Larson said. “He is willing to pay the price because he knows what’s important to him.”
On band practice days, Sederquist said he usually runs 10 miles before class in the morning. After class is completed for the day, he races to cross country practice at 4 p.m. – a half hour before the rest of the team starts – for his afternoon workout.
Once that training run is completed, he hurries to band practice at 5 p.m.
“You kind of have to give up something, and the thing I gave up is a social life a little bit,” Sederquist said.
“He gets his social time at music and at cross country practice,” Larson added.
Sederquist has grown to love cross country more in the past few years.
Coming out of high school, his sports passion was basketball. He went to Bemidji State for a year to play basketball before he transferred to Concordia.
Running has been a big part of the Sederquist family.
Tom Sederquist, his older brother, was a standout runner for the Cobbers. Dan Sederquist, his twin brother, is a runner at Minnesota State Moorhead. Their parents – Dave Sederquist and Jane (Remark) Sederquist – were both accomplished runners at MSUM.
Ryan Sederquist said he’s played trumpet since sixth grade and sees some parallels between music and athletics.
“You kind have to have this confidence and gusto with trumpet,” Ryan said. “Music does have this value that you see. It is very moving like sports; going for a goal and working hard.”
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