High Mileage - An Interview

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First of all, how did you first get started running?

I went out for track my 7th grade season. I did that because I had a fair amount of success in the elementary school mile, so I decided to test out track and just kinda run with it.

What are all your personal records?

800: 2:00

1600: 4:17

3200: 9:18

5k: 14:54

Do you do, or have you done, any other sports that track or cross country?

Yes, I still participate in Basketball, Baseball, nordic skiing, and golf. I have participated in football, and lacrosse. 

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

This race is definitely not my favorite, but it's for sure the most memorable. It was the state cross country race this year, and I passed out right on the finish line. This race is so memorable because while I was recovering my teammates came over, and helped bring me to the medical tent. Then, moments later my coach had informed me that we placed 3rd, the highest placing in school history. This is the most memorable because it was a prime example of how great my teammates were, and capping off a great season that was full of hard work, and dedication by the whole team.

Who are some people that have been most helpful to you in your athletic career?
Quick shoutout to my coach Matt Gifford who was voted state coach of the year, and Coach Bennett who's always there for advice and guidance! Also, my coaches all the way from youth basketball and football up to my cross country coaches (Coach Gifford and Coach Bennett) and track coaches (Coach Ermer and Coach Riewe). Also, my awesome friends and support system such as FCA. Crimson forever!

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Who are some of your favorite athletes to compete against?

Honestly I love friendly competition with any runners on any given day, but besides the day to day team competition with the boys, I would probably say Kevin Dado, Reed Kurak, and Seth Eliason. 

What is a challenge you have had to face as an athlete?
I experienced a season ending injury the beginning of my sophomore year of track, but the biggest challenge was gaining confidence after my State finish in Cross this year. Being confident in myself, and my training after a grueling finish and continuing to push ahead.

You were named the Minnesota Gatorade Runner of the Year last fall for XC. What does an award like that mean to you?

I'm very honored, and this award means a lot. I'm beyond thankful, and so grateful for the blessings I've received. However, this award is more of a testament to all of the people that have supported me throughout my time running, and beyond. I couldn't have done it without them, and also wouldn't have been able to be accomplished if it weren't for the big man upstairs. All thanks to him, and those who've pushed me in all facets.

As a senior, how have your perspectives, strategies, or attitudes changed or developed since you first started running, what advice would you give to younger runners?

The journey and transformation as a runner is half of the fun. This journey is unique for everyone, and it really depends on your teammates, and how you develop as a runner. If I were to give advice to younger runners I would say find a role model on the team that shows exemplary character, and preaches the power of working hard, and persisting. Eventually this runner will graduate, and you'll be in the position to lead, and if you lead with the same values of strong character, and empathy you'll be the person you were looking up to all of those years. If you do this the fast times will come, and if they don't you can be confident and satisfied that you positively influenced another individual, and no one can take that away from you.

What are your main goals for this season?

I just want to compete my heart out, and be glad with what I've accomplished as I put a close to my high school running career.

What are your college plans?

I will be running cross country, and track at Duke University under Coach Ogilvie.

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What were some of the things that attracted you to Duke?

First, Duke is a school where you get both the excellent academics, and competitive athletics. Also, the location of the campus along with the overall feel of the team made my decision easier.

Do you have any rituals, routines, or superstitions either on or off the track?

A quick prayer before the gun goes off.

When not running miles or running laps, what might we find you doing?

-Fishing at the cabin, and cabin mems 

-Hanging with the Backyard Boys

-Adventuring with my goat friends


-Movie Nights

-Being a part of a bunch of clubs


Tell me one bizarre fact about yourself.

I've never once worn a pair of short shorts during a practice. I also always wear long socks.


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