Hinsdale Central senior and cross country star Billy Magnesen orginally intended to play soccer. According to High School Cube News:
When Billy Magnesen attended Hinsdale Middle School, cross country wasn’t his top priority at the time.
But years later after receiving some advice from his parents Mark and Sarah, the Hinsdale Central senior can’t imagine not running.
One of Magnesen’s passions growing up was playing soccer. Magnesen played soccer as a freshman while bypassing cross country. But after he competed in track and field that spring, it was apparent to his parents that Magnesen had a talent fit for long-distance races. He then made a life-changing decision to give up soccer.
Hinsdale Central’s No. 1 cross country runner this fall, Magnesen is hearing from coaches in the Big Ten, as well as from Wake Forest, inviting him to run for their programs. There already is a former Devils runner at Wake Forest, Billy Fayette, who transferred there after Richmond dropped its cross country program.
Now in his third season with the varsity, Magnesen has not lost to a runner from Illinois this year.
“It is pretty incredible how I am doing this season,” Magnesen said.