Best of sports during the 2021-2022 school year

The transition to Division I athletics has resulted in bigger games and better upsets.

Here are some of the best games from the 2021-2022 school year.


The Dixie State University men’s basketball team started its season with a hard-fought loss against Gonzaga University Nov. 9 but came back with a win against in-state rival Southern Utah University Nov. 12. 

Both DSU and SUU came out fighting during this game. The first quarter started with a back-and-forth battle, but the Trailblazers later broke away going on a 15-2 run. This resulted in a score of 41-27 for DSU at the 3:03 mark. 

The Trailblazers outscored the Thunderbirds 21-5 during the last six minutes of the first half igniting the crowd for the rest of the game. This led DSU to open up the second half of the game with a comfortable 17-point lead which was also the biggest deficit during the game. 

DSU came out on top with combined efforts from the starters and the bench. Four Trailblazers had 10 or more points, and the bench had a combined total of 37 points compared to 20 bench points by the Thunderbirds. The final score was 83-76.

Not only was this a crucial win for DSU, but it also drew a crowd of 4,105. At the time, this was the largest home crowd since the change to DI. It was also the ninth-largest crowd to attend a game in the Burns Arena in DSU’s NCAA era.

The win against SUU set the tone for more matchups throughout the rest of the season, especially for in-state rivalries. This leads to the DSU vs. Utah Valley University upset.


The Trailblazers took on the Wolverines for the second time during the 2021-2022 season Feb. 19 and came out with a win to split the series. 

The Old Hammer Rivalry broke the attendance record once more with 4,270 people. This was the largest crowd in DSU’s DI era. 

DSU trailed behind UVU for the majority of the first half but started chipping away at the lead around the 13-minute mark. 

Cameron Gooden, a recreation and sports management major from Frisco, Texas, raced down the floor with a steal to challenge UVU guard Justin Harmon in the paint. 

Gooden’s efforts resulted in a dunk for the lead with a score of 29-27. The Trailblazers went into the second half leading with a score of 36-32.

This game turned out to be an overtime thriller which was not expected when DSU was down three points with less than 10 seconds left. The crowd started to disperse but quickly rushed back when Gooden was fouled on a successful jumper and made a foul shot that tied up the game 70-70.

The Trailblazers outscored the Wolverines in overtime and finished with a score of 80-75.


The DSU baseball team took on Brigham Young University April 5 at the Bruce Hurst field. This win brought the Trailblazer’s season record to 14-14. 

The game remained scoreless due to the good fortune of the Trailblazers getting out of a bases-loaded one-out jam from BYU. DSU posted two runs of its own in the same inning.

The Trailblazer’s initial rally began when two of its base runners committed a double steal. Mathew Ivancich, a junior recreation and sports management major from Wildomar, California, scored on a wild pitch. The pitch also allowed Shane Taylor, a sophomore general studies major from Las Vegas, Nevada, to proceed to third base. Taylor later scored on an ensuing sacrifice fly.

BYU pushed a run across the plate in the top of the fifth inning, but DSU responded with four runs to take a commanding 6 to 1 lead. The rally of runs was contributed by multiple players, including a home run by Kaden Hollow, a sophomore recreation and sports management major from Boise, Idaho.

The Cougars attempted to make a comeback throughout the rest of the game but fell short. Although DSU was outhit 13-9 by BYU, the Trailblazers came out on top with a score of 7-5. 

The new record attendance was set at the Bruce Hurst Field with 1,951 people in attendance.

All-in-all, DSU athletics has proven themselves capable of defying odds. Keep an eye out for the coming 2022-2023 matchups as DSU transitions to Utah Tech University.

DSU women’s golf team looks to end season on high note, prepares for WAC championship

The Dixie State University women’s golf team will be looking to blaze the trail of its future while competing in the WAC championship April 18-20, in Kerrville, Texas. 

The team is still in its NCAA Division I transition, so while the athletes can personally medal, the team is not eligible to compete as a team for the WAC championship. However, head coach Lindsey Stucki is still excited for the athletes to compete. She sees this tournament as an opportunity for the team to continue to grow their game as well as show off how much their game has already grown. 

“We will definitely be computing our own score to see where we stack up with these other schools,” Stucki said. “The girls have been practicing hard, and this tournament will be a great experience to build upon, as all but one of them competing will be returning to Dixie State next year.”

Abby Livingston, a sophomore health administration major from Novi, Michigan, preaches finding confidence in herself and her team as the key to success. 

Livingston is the team’s leading scorer and is one of three other players on the team with four years of collegiate experience. Dating back to her years at Eastern Michigan University, her game and numbers have consistently improved. Coach Stucki’s faith in her abilities, her commitment and her love for the game has led to her having the best year of her career. She credits this consistent growth to the confidence she has in herself. 

“To prepare for tournaments, the WAC Championship in this case, I like to go in with full confidence within myself and my team,” Livingston said. “Feeling like I am in a leadership position, I always love to help my teammates out as much as I can. I remind them of how talented they are and that they are all great players.” 

Abbey Porter, a sophomore nursing major from Alpine, expressed a similar sentiment and credited the tight-knit nature of the group as the driving source for their growth and success on the course. The real friendships they have built as a group has inspired improvement across the team. 

Porter also said the team has put extensive preparation off the course. 

“We have taken a lot of time this year to prepare,” Porter said. “From studying stats to working on specific yardages, we have put in the work outside of the golf course to prepare well for our tournaments.”

While the transition to Division I has been a process, Stucki spoke positively of the growth of the team. Stucki said the transition has been somewhat of a slow one, but she has still seen the team consistently improve. 

DSU leaves it all on the field, falls short in series against GCU

The Dixie State University baseball team played the No. 1 team in the WAC, Grand Canyon University, in a three-game series on April 8-10 with the team coming up short each game.

Before this series, DSU capitalized on a win April 5 against Brigham Young University. The team attempted to carry the same energy from this game to the series against GCU but didn’t go as expected.

The Trailblazers came into this series knowing well GCU has a good team and is ranked high, but they knew they could give them a bigger fight than last year’s series.

Head coach Chris Pfatenhauer said GCU handled the team pretty good last year because the team was experiencing some outside aspects that affected the series. The team was hoping to battle back this year and bring a bigger fight.

DSU vs. GCU: Game 1

The Trailblazers had the first runs of the game in the third inning which led to an early score of 2-0. They were able to hold this lead until the fifth inning. GCU capitalized on a few defensive errors, scored three runs in the fifth inning, and followed with two more runs in the sixth inning.

The score stayed blank for the next two innings until GCU was able to score again in the ninth inning with two more runs. With the chance to battle back one last time, DSU was unable to score any more runs.

Therefore, the game ended with a five-run lead for GCU with a total score of 7-2.

Shane Taylor, a sophomore general studies major from Las Vegas, Nevada, is a second and third baseman for DSU.

Taylor was able to run in one of the scores in the second inning. Jack Walker, a sophomore graphic design major from Cedar Hills, helped with the play with a sacrifice hit to get him into scoring position.

Kaden Hollow, a sophomore recreation and sports management major from Boise, Idaho, hit a single and gave Taylor the chance to run home.

Taylor said the team was on a big high after their win against BYU earlier in the week but needs to continue that energy for the next couple of games in the series against GCU.

“We can’t dip on our energy, we know that we dipped tonight, and we know we have to bring a higher energy tomorrow,” Taylor said.

DSU vs. GCU: Game 2

Starting off the game early, GCU was able to score one run in the first inning followed by four more runs in the third. DSU attempted to counteract these runs and ended up scoring two more runs. The score remained 5-2.

Only zeros in the fourth inning, but in the fifth inning GCU scored yet another two runs. DSU also came back with one run. The score was led by GCU 7-3, but the scoring wasn’t done.

In the sixth and seventh inning, GCU capitalized on a few more runs and scored two in the sixth and five in the seventh. GCU closed the game early because of the lead. The end score stood 14-3.

DSU vs. GCU: Game 3

In the last game of the series, the Trailblazers came up one run short and lost the last game in the series.

The Trailblazers came out on top with an early two runs in the third inning, but GCU battled back and put two runs on the board in the fourth inning. GCU followed up with another two runs in the fifth and another in the sixth.

DSU came back and scored another three runs to tie the score at 5-5. The score remained lifeless after that up until the last inning, and GCU came out on top with one last run. DSU was unable to beat GCU and fell short with a total score of 6-5.

Zach Thomas, a junior finance major from Lakewood, California, is a right-handed pitcher for DSU. He was able to get on base for the opportunity to score in the bottom of the ninth, but the GCU pitcher was able to close out the game.

Thomas said they still believe they can compete with any team, especially at the Bruce Hurst Field.

“It doesn’t matter if it is the number one team in the country or the number one team in the WAC, we feel like we can compete with anybody,” Thomas said.

The team went into the series specifically knowing GCU has a good pitching staff, and they attempted to counteract it with what the team knows they do best.

“We are just trying to stick to our approach and what we do best, “Thomas said. “It was unlucky, many of our hits just went right to the pitcher.”

DSU will compete against the University of Nevada at its next game April 12. The team plans to continue to work on the little things and hope for a better outcome.

New mental health center benefits St. George community, DSU students

As the population in St. George increases, so are the mental health resources.

Utah leaders broke ground for a mental health and drug crisis emergency receiving center in Washington County. This new resource will not only benefit the community of St. George, but also all of the students at Dixie State University. DSU’s Booth Wellness Center provides mental health services for students. However, with the ever-growing population in St. George and number of students at DSU, another mental health center will be beneficial to all who reside in St. George. Garyn Gulbranson, director of the BWC, said he is very excited to see this center announced.

Gulbranson said: “The fact they are opening it [the mental health center] will help our students and everyone else to access services more promptly, quickly and hopefully have better aftercare for mental health crisis’. What I would like to do, and envision doing, it would be great if we had a relationship with both them [the new mental health center] and the Access Center, so if a student were to go there they could be informed about our services.”

The current resources in Washington County are the Intermountain Behavioral Access Center in the St. George Regional Hospital and the BWC. In a small town, like St. George, there is a lull when it comes to available resources for not only mental health services, but the aftercare services for mental health treatment. The BWC is a resource that provides the necessary and beneficial aftercare services for those who have been released from the hospital or the future crisis center.

“So someone may go to the hospital, have a mental health crisis or suicide attempt and 70% of the time they are not following through with their aftercare, that is a really scary statistic,” Gulbranson said. “We want to let students know we are available for aftercare, and continued care after a hospitalization.”

Mental health is an ongoing problem for students and communities, and not just in St. George and at DSU, but everywhere. According to Mental Health America, over half of the adults struggling with mental illness do not receive treatment. This means over 27 million adults in the U.S. are struggling with untreated mental health.

Peer coach Benjamin Stoddard, a history education major from Cottonwood Heights, said: “My experience dealing with mental health with my students is that it is the most common thing that I deal with. Mental health is so prominent in every student because of the change of environment and the independence that college demands.”

Both Gulbranson and Stoddard said it is important for students, faculty and staff to be aware of mental health resources nearby. Whether it is to help the individual themself, their peers or friends who are struggling and need assistance.

“This would be something a student can go to if they need support outside of our operating hours at the BWC on weekends, evenings or early mornings, if we are not available they can go out there [the new mental health center],” Gulbranson said.

The mental health and drug crisis emergency receiving center is being built at 5500 W. 700 S. in Hurricane. The new center is expected to be complete by the end of 2022.

A local population increase causes concern as DSU’s on-campus housing, parking are limited

Dixie State University has new projects in place in order to keep up with the growth of St. George and the rise in enrollment numbers.

According to a recent report by the Census Bureau, St. George has a 5.1% growth in population. This is the highest growth in metro areas in the last year.

DSU also saw a school record of 12,266 students enrolled at the university for the Fall 2022 semester. With the cost of housing skyrocketing in recent years, finding affordable housing has already been difficult enough for St. George residents and DSU students. Large growth in an area tends to lead to costs rising, as well as a lack of space and places to live. 

This significant jump in numbers could be a cause for concern for the community and campus if not well prepared. Housing, parking and overall space could potentially be a problem for both parties. However, DSU is ready for this growth and has adapted well. 

Campus View Suites III

CVS III, a third on-campus housing complex, is currently in the process of being developed. Seth Gubler, director of housing and resident life, was able to offer some updates on this project. 

“We received approval from the state legislature to move forward with the project, and the next step is to receive final approval from the Utah State Higher Education board,” Gubler said. “Assuming they sign off on our desire to issue that bond, we then would hire a financial adviser and they’d help us get that bond out on the market.” 

After receiving some investments through the bond, DSU will then move on to finding an architecture to develop the new building. 

Gubler said aside from the outside aesthetic, these new dorms could potentially have a completely different layout than the rooms in CVS I and CVS II. The university is simply looking for the best plan the architects can offer. 

Gubler said if everything falls into place, the demolition of the Nisson Towers will happen in March 2023. Construction of CVS III would then start soon after.

Gubler said, “The schedule is that the building would be complete by July of 2024, and students would move in August of 2024.” 

This new apartment building will have roughly 340 more dorm beds offered than Nisson Towers currently has. 

Only 10% of enrolled students live on campus, and even with this new building off-campus housing will still be the route most DSU students will go for housing. 

There are 16 apartment buildings near campus tailored toward DSU students. While DSU may not have jurisdiction over these apartment buildings, Gubler still speaks highly of past working relationships with these housing options. 


Housing isn’t the only concern with large growth at DSU and St. George. Parking options are also something that will be growing along with everything else. 

The Edith S. White Education Building and eventually North Plaza will be demolished and replaced with parking spaces for students. There will also, eventually, be more parking put in north of the Atwood Innovation Plaza. 

According to Gubler, these new parking spaces should cover the new students that will be brought on campus with the development of CVS III.

Gubler said: “Right now we average about 60% of on-campus housing residents having cars… When North Plaza and WEDU become a parking lot, that should absorb the parking needs that we have.” 

Gubler said DSU is anticipating and ready to grow more. A new building is in development south of the Udvar Hazy School of Business building, as well as a second campus currently in the works in the Desert Color area. Gubler isn’t too concerned about a lack of space down the road for DSU. 

There are obvious potential struggles growth can bring to a smaller campus. However, Gubler speaks optimistically of the current situation and future of the school. 

New hires

Tyson Kauer, human resources coordinator, was able to speak on unexpected growth and living options from a staff perspective. 

Working full-time in employee recruitment, Kauer has a better understanding than anyone of how housing cost increases and lack of housing may affect the staff at DSU. 

Kauer said: “We are growing, we do have turnover, there is growth in the area, etc. However, I have not seen difficulty in getting new hires for the university at all. The number of applicants per position is down overall, that is true, but since I started working here in December of 2019, the number of full-time hires has increased each year.” 

Kauer said the dip in applicants can’t solely be put on the housing market. He points to other changes we are experiencing at a national level and in some cases even global level as other possible factors. Gas prices, war, global pandemic, broken supply chain, political concerns, etc. Housing concerns are definitely a big part of this, but regardless, Kauer has still had success in finding new hires. 

DSU women’s track and field prepares to compete at UVU invitational

The Dixie State University women’s track and field team will compete at its second outdoor invitational of the season on March 31 at Utah Valley University.

DSU will travel to Provo after nearly a three-week break since last competing at the Ben Brown Invitational. During this invitational, the Trailblazers set two program bests, along with 13 additional top-10 program records. 

The team plans to build on the past invitational and has been preparing for the past few weeks. Although the team has not competed since the second week of March, they have not veered down on the intensity. 

Head coach Derrick Atkins said, “We have been building up our work capacity and continuing to fine-tune our race strategies.”

Atkins encourages the team to look at the practices during the week as “rehearsals” and the invitationals at the end of the week as “performances.” 

High jumper Morgan Callens, a finance major from Kingwood, Texas, takes Atkin’s advice to heart as she implements it during her preparation throughout the week.

“On Wednesday, I run my practice like a meet,” Callens said. “I will practice a minimal amount of jumps at a higher intensity.”

Along with high-intensity practices and heavy weight lifting, Callens said the team was able to focus on the team bonding aspect of preparation over spring break. 

Sprinter Sadie Edwards, a communication studies major from Provo, is looking forward to competing in her hometown with the support of family and friends.

“I always feel like I can run better when my number one fans are there,” Edwards said.

She knows her teammates will do well and is looking forward to her teammates competing, specifically those that have been injured during the majority of the indoor season.

As the week of practice comes to an end for the Trailblazers, it is time for them to start preparing mentally to compete. 

Atkins said every athlete has a different mindset and approach for preparation.

Callens most crucial time of mental preparation is when she is warming up, specifically her warm-up routine. She also reminds herself to not be intimidated by the other jumpers.

“To focus, I have to remember I deserve to be here as much as they do,” Callens said.

Edwards reminds herself to stay mentally tough and focuses on the finish line while running. She also likes to talk to her parents before her races and is looking forward to having them at the UVU Invitational.

At the 2021 UVU Collegiate Invitational the Trailblazers took a No. 9 finish out of nine teams. During the invitational this year, Atkins would like to see PRs, school records and season bests.

Stay up-to-date with the women’s track and field team at the UVU invitational at dixiestateathletics.com.

‘I still have a lot to prove:’ Kaden Hollow demonstrates determination, leadership and talent

Kaden Hollow, a sophomore recreation and sports management major from Boise, Idaho, has had a successful collegiate career thus far with new achievements to add to his list of accomplishments.

Hollow is a catcher on the Dixie State University baseball team. With a batting average of .351 and a near-perfect fielding percentage, Hollow shows he is a superior player all around.

Head coach Chris Pfatenhauer said: “He is a very good athlete. He doesn’t just hit, he defends and he hits. He understands the game.”

While attending Rocky Mountain High School, Hollow was recruited by Purdue, Boise State and Portland. He chose to play for DSU because he wanted to go somewhere warm and somewhere he could improve as an athlete.

“I wanted to go somewhere that had a chance to develop me into a better baseball player and to get to the next level,” Hollow said.

During Hollow’s 2021 season, he was named to the 2021 Collegiate Baseball Newspaper Freshman All-American Team and earned First Team and academic all-WAC honors.

Hollow also led his team in RBI and doubles and was ranked in the WAC’s top 10 in slugging percentage.

He was recently selected as athlete of the month and was named to the 2022 Buster Posey National Collegiate Catcher of the Year watch list.

Hollow said the athlete of the month award was a cool recognition that motivated him to keep working.

Jagun Leavitt, a DSU graduate, said Hollow is a great athlete and teammate.

“As a player, he is very talented…he works really hard, probably the hardest worker on the team,” said Leavitt. “He cares about winning and is one of our leaders.”

Hollow said the team has contributed to the player he is today. He has learned a lot from former and current teammates.

Pfatenhauer complimented Hollow on his work ethic and how he carries himself. Not only does Hollow demonstrate leadership verbally, but he also demonstrates leadership by his actions.

“He has a pretty good work ethic when it comes to getting in the batting cages and doing his work… he shows leadership by doing and his example,” Pfatenhauer said.

When Hollow is not playing baseball, he enjoys being outdoors, specifically hiking and fishing. His academic recognitions show that he is not only a great athlete, but he is also a focused student. 

“Would I pick him first if we were playing pickup basketball or flag football? I don’t know about that, but he is a great baseball player,” Pfatenhauer said.

Hollow has contributed to the team’s 11-9 record this season. He is currently leading the team in home runs, triples and total bases.

“We have a winning record; we are in second place in the conference,” Pfatenhauer said. With team success will bring individual success… our goal is to win the conference and he has put us in a good position to do that.”

The DSU baseball team continues its season on March 25 at Seattle University.

SPORTS OPINION | March Madness

The 2022 March Madness tournament has been… well, madness. 

March Madness is the official tournament to decide the NCAA men’s basketball national champion. Fittingly named, the single-elimination tournament style consistently produces some of the most iconic moments in sports history. I know I’m not alone in the world of sports fanatics when I say there is nothing better in sports than March Madness.

The final day of the NCAA men’s basketball regular season, Feb. 27, gave a taste of how crazy this postseason would look. 

Of the official top 25 rankings, the teams ranked 1-6 all lost on the same day. Gonzaga, Arizona, Auburn, Purdue, Kansas and Kentucky all found themselves on the losing end throughout the day. Three of the top four: Gonzaga, Arizona and Purdue, even lost to unranked teams. The fact that all six teams played on the same day is already an outlier by itself, but for all six to lose is as unprecedented as it gets. This set the stage perfectly for what has ended up being a shocking March Madness tournament. 

Round of 64 

The madness started with the very first game of the tournament, not counting play-in games, when No. 11 seeded Michigan defeated No. 6 Colorado State. Michigan was criminally underrated going into the tournament and probably should have been ranked higher, but regardless, an upset is an upset.

It continued on from there with two No. 12 seeds, New Mexico State and Richmond, defeating No. 5 seeds, UConn and Iowa. These few upsets, along with a couple of No. 9 seeds beating No. 8 seeds, would have been enough to bust most brackets. St. Peter’s Peacocks then put the final nail in the coffin with its upset victory over Kentucky. 

This was only the 10th time in March Madness history a No. 15 seed beat a No. 2 seed in the first round of the tournament. Even though there has only been a No. 16 over No. 1 upset before, this St. Peter’s victory might be the greatest upset in March Madness history. 

Kentucky is a basketball powerhouse. With a league-best 27 former Wildcat players now in the NBA, Kentucky has established itself as a pipeline for NBA talent. The school has responded by giving the athletics department a budget of $138.3 million to spend on their sports teams in 2020. 

You then take a look at St. Peter’s; this 30-acre campus in the heart of Jersey City only had $7.2 million in funds for its athletic programs. Kentucky had nearly 20 times the financial support of St. Peter’s. This day one upset is as David vs. Goliath as an outcome can be. 

The scrappy, underdog mindset radiates off of the St. Peters team. Their tenacious defense and unrelenting hustle has propelled them to a run for the ages.

Keep in mind, this was just day one of the tournament. With two more No. 11 seeds beating No. 2 seeds in the second day of the tournament, all 17 million brackets filled out were officially busted. 

Round of 32 

As the upsets continued in the round of 32, it became clear that the first round wasn’t an outlier. No. 8 North Carolina defeated No. 1 seeded, and defending champion, Baylor. No. 11 seeds Michigan and Iowa State, continued its run by defeating No. 3 Tennessee and Wisconsin. Miami upset Auburn to move on, and fan-favorite St. Peter’s continued to shock the world by upsetting Murray State and moving on to the Sweet 16.

With three of the four No. 1 seeds remaining, the final four may not look too different from what most expected. The traditional college basketball powerhouses like Duke, Gonzaga, Arizona and Kansas will likely be who we see at the end. However, the road to this point has been one full of shocking upsets. 

Sadly, I don’t see our St. Peter’s Cinderella story going any further than the Sweet 16. Their matchup against the star-studded Purdue Boilermakers, my personal pick to win the championship, will likely be too much for the Peacocks to handle. Being only the third 15 seed to ever make it to the Sweet 16, they have already immortalized themselves in basketball history. 

With the tournament set to resume March 24, and the Sweet 16 portion of the women’s tournament starting March 25; it’s a great time to be a college basketball fan. 

Excitement behind intramural sports at DSU

For students that are unable to play on a Division I athletic team, but still want to stay involved in sports, Dixie State University offers intramural sports.

Intramural sports at DSU was named top in the nation in August 2015. Intramural sports are a fun way to stay active, meet new people and compete in a sport of choice.

The intramural sports DSU offers include flag football, basketball, softball, volleyball, pickleball, soccer, pool, ping pong and video games.

As an incentive to winning intramural championships, participants will be awarded a championship T-shirt. Participants are eligible to play on two teams at a time, one being coed. Another incentive of intramurals is all DSU students and faculty can play, as well as the spouses of participants as long as they are checked for eligibility through the DSU intramural sports office.

DSU offers sports in the fall and spring semesters to keep students involved year round.

Parker Steck, a freshman nursing major from Tucson, Arizona, is involved in basketball intramurals and said it is a great way to stay active, healthy and social.

“I love being able to meet new people, play the sports I love and get better at the sport,” Steck said.

Matt Morgan, a senior accounting major from Santa Clara, California, is involved in multiple intramural sports at DSU, including volleyball, soccer and pickleball. He said the best part is competing with fellow athletes who share the same passion as you.

Morgan said he has made a good close group of friends through intramural sports, and it sparked from his coed soccer team.

Morgan said one of his favorite memories from intramural sports is unexpected for him. He ended up joining the soccer team as a goalie, a position he had never played before.

“The team said they lost a ton of their games before the tournament and they were looking for a goalie,” Morgan said. “I blocked 32 out of 36 shots and joined the team.”

Mada Mooring, a senior population health major from Fayetteville, North Carolina, is involved in basketball and flag football intramurals and loves participating for the free T-shirts. Mooring said some of the best memories she has from being involved are traveling for flag football to regional and national competitions and winning coed basketball tournaments.

In fall 2022, basketball, flag football, water polo, pickleball, ping pong and many other sports will be available for registration.

OPINION | Both running and walking are effective forms of cardio

Running and walking both have benefits that contribute to a healthy lifestyle, but which one is the best for you?

My dad has run the St. George Marathon for as long as I can remember. I have been at every finish line, and I knew I eventually wanted to run with him.

When I was 12 years old, my dad asked if I wanted to train and run the St. George Marathon with him that year. We started training in April and gradually built up our miles. In October, the two of us ran and completed the marathon. Since then, we have run and completed four more marathons together. 

Completing five marathons at the age of 18 is one of my proudest achievements, but starting at such a young age has raised concerns about the long-term effects excessive running may have on my body later on.

Benefits of cardiovascular exercise

Cardiovascular exercise as a whole provides many benefits. According to WebMD, some benefits of a cardio workout include, but are not limited to, improved memory, happier mood and reduced risk of dementia. 

While reading an article by Headline, I learned anxiety and depression are reduced by just 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise three times a week. Doing so can also improve your self-esteem and mood.

Both walking and running contribute to a healthier lifestyle. I have seen a difference in my mental health and well-being when I have a consistent running schedule compared to when I am not running as much.

Running coach Betsy Magato said, “Being active improves quality of life, and both running and walking can improve your mood, build self-confidence and help you deal with stress.”

Walking vs. running 

Now the subject of debate, is walking or running better for you? As a college student, I feel like I have little to no free time, so I prefer running. Running is more efficient in providing health advantages than walking. Walking is less strenuous than running, so it requires more time to receive the same benefits. Running is more efficient, but it comes with a greater risk of injury. 

Running is a high-impact activity, which typically means participants are prone to more injuries. According to WebMD, each time you land, your body absorbs the impact of about three times your body weight.

That being said, runners can decrease their risk of injuries by slowly increasing their mileage. I have never had any serious injuries over the past six years of running I’ve done. This is because I’ve trained properly and listened to my body.

It is most common to see younger people running and older people walking. This raises the question of the long-term effects of running. Studies show that over time, running may lead to common overuse injuries such as stress fractures, shin splints and ITB friction syndrome. 

Professional golfer Tiger Woods recently opened up on his experience with running. He said one of the main reasons he has had almost career-ending injuries is because of running.

In a question-and-answer session, he was asked what he would tell his younger self if he could go back in time.

“Not to run so much,” Woods said. “Running over 30 miles a week for probably my first five or six years on tour pretty much destroyed my body and knees.” 


All in all, it is not a question of walking versus running, because they are both great forms of cardio. It is all about figuring out how to combine the two to achieve the safest and most effective workout.

In most cases, running has the reputation of being a “better” and more effective workout than walking, but your health and wellness goals will determine which option is ideal for you.