Speaking With Speicher

(Photo provided by Carson Speicher)

First of all, how did you first get involved with running?

I started running in 4th grade. I joined Perham's 5th and 6th grade cross country program. I asked the head coach if I could join early after I sparked an interest from watching my older brother compete and having success, and realizing that I might be too small for the football field.

What are all your personal records, including XC?

3200 - 10:07

1600 - 4:27

800 - 2:01

400 (MSHSL-timed split ) - 50.469

5k (XC) 16:46

Do you do, or have you done, any other sports?

I played basketball up until the 11th grade, tried football in 5th grade but quit a week into it when the only thing I enjoyed about it was the running, and also in the summer I have a whiffle ball league that goes on in my backyard.

What is your favorite or most memorable competition you've ever been in?

I have had lots of memorable competitions. Anyone of my seven state appearances I've had in track and cross country I could recall almost any detail, but the race I always think back on is the state 1600 meter run in my sophomore season. It was above 90 degrees and had no idea what to expect with how the weather was and if I would be able to close hard in it. The race started and our strategy was to go out in the middle of the pack and stay more relaxed in the hot weather. The plan worked perfectly and I was able to run a 1:02 last lap and finish 5th in the state! On top of that I beat my brothers overall high school PR in that race, so it's always fun to bring that up to him.

(Photo provided by Carson Speicher)

Other than your own teammates, who are some of your favorite athletes to compete against?

I really enjoy getting to compete with the Mora boys. We have formed a really close friendly rivalry with them and I always try to catch up with them after races. One of their runners, Alec Sanbeck, and I actually did a jersey swap. I also like competing against Ryley Nelson from WCA, I've gotten to know him very well, and it's always fun getting to compete against him. 

Next year both Perham and Mora will look a lot different in XC due to graduation. Do you think one will have any leg up on the other, or will you still be in tight battles like last year?

It's hard to say at this point who will have the advantage going into next season, but I know we will be ready. We are graduating a core group of seniors, four runners out of our top seven. But I know the underclassman that we have coming are hungry and ready to compete at that highest levels in the state. We are a very deep team, and I have no doubts that my teammates coming are any less hungry that I am to go and compete for a title. Next year will be a fun ride, and I'm looking forward to competing against Mora, and the rest of the state.

Who are some people that have been most helpful to you in your athletic career?

My brother is my biggest role model in my life and for running. He has helped me so much to be the runner I am today. Watching him race is still one of my favorite things to do, and the way he just competes. He gives it his very all and races with all his heart, and doesn't back down from a challenge no matter how big. He has had