Athletes of the week

Jeanelle Adams

Matt Frelich
Men’s Indoor TrackIs there a song you listen to before a race that gets you “pumped up” or a routine you do that prepares you for your event?
Everyone on our team follows a strict minute-by-minute routine one hour before an event or race. The routine consists of a five-minute jog, 10-minute stretch, form running, two 50-percent sprints, two 70-percent sprints and two 90-percent sprints, with specific resting times in between. This routine keeps us busy up until the final minute before our event.

If you could participate in one event that you do not already participate in, what would it be and why?
If I could compete in an event that I don’t already compete in, I would without hesitation compete in the pentathlon or heptathlon. These events are the test of a true athlete and consist of, but are not limited to: short- and long-distance races, pole vault, long jump, high jump, hurdles, shot put, etc.

What are your personal goals for the remainder of the season?
We wrap up the season this weekend at the Midwest Conference Championships in Monmouth, Ill. Everyone on the team is looking to achieve their personal best and bring home some hardware. I’m looking forward to being surrounded by the competitive atmosphere, cheering on my awesome teammates, and sadly concluding the ’09 indoor track season, which has been a blast!

If there was one NCAA rule or regulation you could change, what would it be and why?
If I could change or institute an NCAA rule, I would create a rule that would allow relay teams to knock the baton out of the other team’s hands after an exchange. This would create an exciting race and would force teams to run faster because someone is chasing them!

Do you prefer Gatorade, Powerade or All-Sport? Why?
After drinking too much Gatorade once, I got sick, so I don’t drink it. As far as Powerade, All-Sport, Red Bull, etc., I tend to stay away from such products because they contain way too much sugar. I prefer water during a track meet, and obtain my nutritional needs the night before and morning of a track meet.

Evan Johnson
Men’s Hockey

First of all, congrats on your successful season so far. How does it feel to be the nation’s leader in shutouts?
It feels great. It’s definitely something I take pride in, but it’s also a huge testament to the team I have in front of me.

What is the best part about being a goalie? What is the worst?
The best part about being a goalie is the chance to make a difference in each and every game. The worst part is not being able to score.

How long have you been playing hockey? Do you have a role model or someone who has inspired you?
I’ve been playing hockey since I was 5, so it’s been 16 years now. I don’t really have a role model per se that has inspired me for hockey; it’s more my love for the game that inspires me.

What are the team’s goals as you approach the end of the season?
Our goal is always to get better everyday and win the Harris Cup.

What is the best energy food before a game?
I’m going to have to go with pasta and some chicken. It always makes for a good pregame meal.

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