News Archives: Taryn Kokesch - Featured Athlete of the Week
Thursday, November 14th, 2019
Name: Taryn Kokesch
Hometown: Sexsmith, Alberta
High School: Sexsmith Secondary School
At what age did you start playing your sport? What drew you to the game? I have played hockey for 15 years, 4 of them being with the University of Manitoba Bisons. After my hockey career I got into running to stay in shape and because of fellow teammates and Bill. This was my first year ever running cross country as I have always ran sprints.
What is your fondest memory of your sport? Best memory was winning bronze at Provincials as a Women’s team. Also meeting and running with great people.
Any pre or post-game rituals that you would be willing to share? How do you prepare? Pre-race run and a good breakfast.
What are your future goals? Finish my last semester in January at U of M, graduate with Bachelor of Kinesiology and get into Physiotherapy.
From Head Coach, Bill Corcoran
Any special game moments, stats you’d like to share? Taryn competed at CCAA Nationals this past weekend, three days after being in a serious car accident which totalled her vehicle. Despite being battered and bruised, she gutted out a 46th place finish against the best college runners in the nation. Taryn is one tough chick!!
What does this player bring to the dynamics of the team? Taryn is a very talented multi-sport athlete. Prior to this Fall, she hadn’t competed at distance running. She learned quickly. She’s been the #2 runner all season long. Her ability to try and succeed in a brand new sport in her 5th year of eligibility is a rare feat indeed.