Megan Wagenaar is the most decorated athlete in Concordia University cross-country and track & field history. She won the 800m, 1500m, 4 x 400m relay and finished 2nd in the 10,000m in the 2014 American Southwest Conference Championships. She led the Tornadoes’ cross-country to the highest-ever finish by an ASC school in the NCAA Division III championships.
She holds five school records and is the first Concordia runner to qualify for NCAA cross-country championships.
How she came to Austin TC: Megan Wagenaar
Megan Wagenaar returned to the Houston area after graduating from Concordia. She had surgery on both of her feet and began working at the Texas Running Company’s Sugar Land store. When the company offered her the opportunity to return to Austin, she accepted after less than a year away.
In June 2015, Shane Niksic visited Austin to scout out apartments, jobs and the city and club he already committed himself to. Like most aspiring runners on the day-job hunt, he did the rounds at Austin’s running stores.
He struck up a conversation with Megan, who was working at the Texas Running Company’s downtown store. She mentioned her running history and that she would like to find a team to continue her career. He told her that he was moving to Austin to further his career with Austin TC.
As he left the store, Shane texted Austin TC manager George Perry, basically saying “I met a girl – not like that – and you need to talk to her.”
Outside, beyond and after track
Megan is the graduate assistant coach for Concordia University’s cross-country and track & field teams. She is in the first year of her MBA at her alma mater. She was previously a volunteer assistant coach for St. Edward’s University cross-country.