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 wi