THIS IS EPISODE 282 OF THE SPORTS SPECTRUM PODCAST
Carsyn Koch-Johnson is one of the most accomplished athletes in Cedarville University (Cedarville, Ohio) athletics history and is the first female NCAA All-American at the college in any sport. She was the 2016 and 2017 NCAA Division II indoor 800-meter champion and was a 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials qualifier.
In 2015-16, she was named to the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Division II All-America first team both indoors and outdoors, and in 2016-17 she was the USTFCCCA Division II Midwest Region Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year.
Injuries kept her from competing in 2017-18, but she returned in 2019 and earned All-America recognition after placing seventh in the 800 meters at the NCAA Division II Women’s Indoor Track & Field Championship in March.
A native of Maine, Koch-Johnson put together a decorated career at Washburn District High School, where she was named all-state in track & field all four years, won four individual cross country state championships, won four state basketball championships, and won a state soccer title as a senior. In addition to the 17 team and state championships during prep career, she was also named valedictorian of her graduating class.
On this episode of the podcast, we talk to Koch-Johnson about life as a married woman, where her faith took shape for her, how God helped her through injury setbacks last year, and why the Lord’s timing is more perfect than anything she could put together on her own.
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1 year, 5 months, and 9 days ago I stepped off a U.S. national stage into almost a year long battle with a nasty hamstring injury. Today, I RACED!! I’ll admit, it’s been a mental battle almost as much as a physical one. I’ve been sad (a lot) frustrated with my situation and wondering why God stripped me of my passion, sidelining me for my whole senior year. He wasn’t done with me yet I guess because here I am at Cedarville for one more year! I raced today, out of shape and lacking the confidence to do anything but finish, BUT I raced. I am finding my legs again and remembering the joy of competing, now counting each race as a gift more than a given (wise advice from Colby). Running has always been my closest connection to God but through the years I had twisted that connection, making me feel like God was only close to me when I was running well and that he clearly had abandoned me for some reason through this injury. I felt that way about the love of others, and my own perception of myself too. Performance=love. Crazy right? While I felt God had abandoned me, he was actually pulling me closer, reminding me that I am loved not because of my character but because of his. So from here on out, I pledge to run with new joy, treating each race as a gift and remembering the one who gave it to me in the first place❤️ This one was for Coach Scott💕 I can hear him yelling “Go cars GOOOO!!” All the way from heaven💕 #itsgoodtobeback #newuniformwhodis #everythingissorenow #painistemporary #ncaa #ncaatf #ncaadii #makeityours