Davison’s Lisa Senakiewich uncertain about running future after All-America career at Michigan State – Runners’ Finish Line
Davison’s Lisa Senakiewich uncertain about running future after All-America career at Michigan State
Posted by Bill Khan | The Flint Journal June 19, 2009 09:08AM
Categories: Cross country, Running, Track and field
Photo | Walt MiddletonDavison High graduate Lisa Senakiewich competes in the 2009 Big Ten Conference track and field meet.

Has Lisa Senakiewich run her last serious competitive race?

Even she’s not sure what her running future holds now that her stellar Michigan State career has ended.

Senakiewich does know this — “I will definitely always run.”

At what level remains to be seen.

The 2004 Davison High graduate is certainly a prime candidate to continue running professionally after completing her career as a Spartan with her second All-America performance. Senakiewich placed fourth in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 16:28.88 at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships June 12 in Fayetteville, Ark. She was also a cross country All-American last fall after finishing 21st in the NCAA cross country meet.

She leaves MSU with some outstanding athletic achievements, but is also an academic All-American who leaves with a degree in English. The nature of competitive running is that it’s a temporary career that provides a comfortable wage for only a small handful of elite athletes. At some point, it becomes time to focus on a more stable profession.

That time may be soon or it may be a few years down the road for Senakiewich.

“My future is a little bit uncertain,” Senakiewich said. “I’ve got a couple of things going. I’m not positive which one I want to do. I have to figure that one out. I have to decide the running thing from there. If I had my choice, I would stay on the running team at Michigan State, but obviously that isn’t going to happen.

“I’d be afraid of becoming one of those runners who should have thrown in the towel a long time ago. They’re still out there, not really doing anything with their life except their running, and not running very fast. I’m anxious to have a career and see where that takes me.”

MSU director of track and field Walt Drenth said that Senakiewich’s future in running could be on the coaching end.

“I think she can be a great coach,” Drenth said. “The opportunity she has right now to coach has presented itself.

“Do I think she can be national class? Without a doubt. Do I think she can be world class? That’s the only time you can make money and make it worthwhile. I’m not going to say she couldn’t, but there’s a lot of water under the bridge to get there.”

Whatever the future holds, Senakiewich can look back on her MSU career with fond memories.

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