Athlete Spotlight: Hunter Freiner and Morgan McKee
Story and graphics by Tommy Briner, senior
Hunter Freiner is a junior cross country runner. He recently earned a spot on the Westminster record board after running one of the top ten fastest 5K times in school history and now he and his team are starting to gear up for their State push.
“My goals for cross country are to improve each week in my races and to continuously be a better teammate so that as a team we can all reach our goals,” Hunter said.
Hunter is not only a strong runner, he also excels in the classroom and attributes this success to his teachers.
“My teachers build me up, teach the material well, and are great Christian examples to learn from.”
Hunter is also musically gifted. He plays in the chapel band at Westminster as well as his church’s worship band. He plays the bass guitar for both of these bands.
On the cross country team, Hunter is a key part of the tight bond among the runners.
“We have numerous activities that we do together as a team such as camping, going to escape rooms, and having barbecues together. These things help to form bonds and allow us to get to know each other better,” Hunter said.
Through all of these activities, Hunter has one main motivation for what he does.
“The thing that motivates me the most is the calling for Christians to use their gifts to glorify the Lord, and to use them to the best of their ability.”
Morgan McKee is a junior golfer and team captain. This year, she made it to Sectionals after missing the cut by just one stroke last season. Aside from personal goals, Morgan had a few goals for her team.
“As the team captain, I hoped that this year the team would do well in matches and in our annual tournament, the Cat Scratch Scramble. My partner, Ellie Johnson, and I placed first in the scramble and the team came in second place overall. The varsity team also fared well in the district tournament and placed third.”
Morgan and her teammates have loved being a part of Mr. Bradley and Mr. Janssen’s golf team.
“The coaches have built a great golf culture at WCA. I love the camaraderie of the team and spending this season with them has been fun. It was exciting to have so many freshmen on the team because they added a good vibe to the team overall, and I am excited to see what the future holds for us next year,” Morgan said.
Aside from golf, Morgan is involved as a student ambassador and a strong student. In the classroom, she holds a 3.76 grade point average.
“The culture at WCA is very helpful and fun to be around. The faculty and staff at Westminster are like no other. I like being at school with my friends, too,” she said.
Overall, Morgan is a well-rounded student-athlete who enjoys participating in all the different activities she does.