In the Hot Seat

Tim Downer

Sophomore Northern Kentucky University cross country runner Matt Shoulta, who won the Brian Rohne Memorial Race Aug. 11, is this week’s guest in the Hot Seat.

Tim: Matt that was a great run in the Brian Rohne 5K Memorial Run the other day. How were you able to win so easily?

Matt: I pretty much got lucky and had the right race on the right day.

Tim: Matt, did you workout much this summer in preparation for the season?

Matt: Absolutely, I averaged about 70 miles a week.

Tim: How do you prepare for a 5K versus an 8K race? Do you prepare any different?

Matt: A lot more mileage for the 8k.

Tim: What kind of year will the men have this year? Your prediction?

Matt: This is one of the most talented teams NKU has ever had, so the goal is to make nationals.

Tim: On the day of the race, how do you get psyched up?

Matt: I think about the finish line, and how fast I can get there.

Tim: Matt, what is a typical meal for you the day before a race?

Matt: Lots of easy digestible carbs and 2/5 of a box of Mike and Ikes.

Tim: What kind of goals do you have for yourself this year?

Matt: Staying healthy and helping the team make it to nationals in what ever way I can.

Tim: How hard does Coach Kruse push you during practice?

Matt: It depends on what kind of mood he is in. He can be a real slave driver or like a little puppy dog. Tim: How would you go about stirring up fan support from the NKU campus for the cross country meets?

Matt: Tell the girls that ripped guys walk around in nothing but tiny shorts and ask the guys if they have ever seen a collegiate women’s cross-country uniform.

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