1. What made you choose to run for Ashland University?
Deciding to run and attend Ashland University was one of the easier decisions I have had to make in my life. My dad, Allen Humrichouser, ran at AU (then called Ashland College) in the 1980s, so I thought it would be exciting to continue that family tradition. In addition, a majority of my family members live and grew up in the Ashland community, so this community has always felt like a second home to me. During high school, AU was the only school I visited, because this was the college I wanted to be at regardless of if I was running or not. My desire to become a teacher also was a reason for me wanting to attend AU, as the education program here is one of the best in the region. Therefore, I felt AU was a natural fit for me to grow spiritually, academically and athletically over the course of four years.
2. Being a distance runner takes a lot of energy. What are some of your favorite energizing foods?
I usually try to stick to the same routine for eating. My go-to foods for energy before workouts and races has to be chicken or pasta. I know my body can eat plenty of that and still be able to perform at a high level. A burrito from Chipotle is also a go-to food for after a hard workout or long run, as it will fill you up. Actually, I strongly believe the cereal at Convo is a secret energizing food for us distance runners at AU. We always have to get cereal with any meal.
3. How have your coaches and teammates helped you grow on and off the track?
Both on and off the track, my coaches and teammates have been some of my biggest supporters and sources of inspiration in my life. Working with individuals who are just as passionate and driven as you make the hundreds of miles a month you run a little more enjoyable and rewarding. In addition, my coaches and teammates have helped me understand the important pieces that go into building a team culture. Many people see running as an individual sport. How I run will not necessarily affect how my teammate performs. But my teammates have showed me that there is so much more than that. The attitude you bring to practice, the mindset you have about training and trusting your coaches and teammates all have an effect on the team culture. If your team culture is positive, individuals are going to step up to perform at extraordinary levels, because they want to be a part of something that matters both to them and their teammates. I know that my coaches and teammates challenge me every day to be a better runner, teammate and person.
4. What advice would you give a high school student who wants to run for AU?
Running, like any other sport here at AU, will take sacrifices if you want to reach your goals. Yet, those sacrifices are worth it, because these are most likely your last four years of being surrounded by a great group of individuals on a team and competing athletically at a high level. You do not want to sit around at the end of your collegiate career and wonder, “What if?” “What if I would’ve did this,” or “What if I would’ve did that?” There is no “What if?” Your “What if” is right now. Understand and know that right now is your moment. Having a collegiate running career at AU will create memories and lessons that will stick with you for the rest of your life, so make the most of every single day.
5. What are your plans after graduating this year?
My plan is to become a high school history teacher, as well as a cross country and track coach at the high school level. Currently, I have no job lined up, but I am searching for positions around the local area.