Emily Muhs: Indoor TrackWhat is your favorite event? The 5K. What are your personal goals for this season? To PR [get a new personal record]. How long have you been running competitively, and what got you started running? I’ve been running on and off since middle school. I just kind of fell into it. In your mind, what is the most difficult part of your sport? The mental aspect. You know you’re going to be in pain during and after every race and every workout. What do you do to get ready for a race? Listen to “TiK ToK” and dance madly with Annie or do Jamie and Amanda’s pinky shake. Maybe even have some sort of race plan.
Sam Stevens: Indoor Track
What are you most looking forward to this season? I’m excited about the transition to college racing and being able to race against a high level of competition almost every week. If you could race one Olympic runner in any event, who would it be and in what event? I would love to race Chris Solinsky, even though he hasn’t made the Olympic team yet, but the 5,000 is a little long for me, so hopefully he would do an 800 with me. What are some of the goals that the team has for this season? The focus is always on the conference meet and performing well as a team. Staying healthy and improving on last year is always important and will help us get there. On the way, there are a few relay records we would like to break. What is the biggest change that you’ve experienced coming from high school to college running? The competition is so much better in college. In high school I only had a few races all year that were extremely competitive. Now there will only be a couple races that aren’t at a high level of competition. What’s your favorite part of being on the team with your older brother? He has helped me so much with transitioning to a new team and environment while helping me stay focused on classes. There are always ups and downs but he helps me look at the big picture.