Athletes of the week

Alyssa Onan

Emily Muhs:
Women’s Cross CountryWhat do you hope to accomplish before the end of the season?

I would like to be All-Conference again and try for Academic All-American.

What is the best course you’ve ever run on and why?
Yahara golf course in Madison, Wis. I love that course because it’s my best high school time and where I was second in conference – which was a complete surprise that year because the state champions were in our conference. So far in college I haven’t found a course that I am quite as fond of.

How do you feel about the future of the program?
I am really excited for the future of the program. We’ve had a couple of rough years with lots of coach changes but some real dedicated people have kept the program going – this is a shout-out to Daniel, David, Annie and Mark. Now we have Coach Fast and things are looking up. We have consistency, which is important when it comes to getting recruits and keeping the program growing and improving.

How do you mentally prepare for a big race?
I try to stick to my usual routine. I like to ice bathe either a day or two before, run four the day before and do strides, and then the morning of the race do the same warm-up and stretching stuff.

What is your favorite sport to watch and why?
I really love watching Colts football because I love Peyton Manning. I’m banking on marrying him – Peyton, if you read this, call me!!!

If you could play any other sport, what would it be and why?
If I could play any other sport it would be “cup stacking.” To be able to stack and unstack cups faster than I can steal a base is atop my “life goals” list.

Bennett Pang:
Men’s soccer

If you could play any other sport at Lawrence, what would it be and why?
Baseball. There’s nothing like having Rash always telling me I suck cause I don’t work out enough.

How are the freshmen impacting the team?
They always have insightful things to say.

What would your freshman self say about the way you play now?
It wouldn’t matter what Freshman Bennett would say. Senior Bennett doesn’t pay attention to what stupid freshmen say.

What do you miss most about playing in Hawaii?
Playing and never being cold. We actually got some pretty sweet new long-sleeve jerseys. We just don’t get to wear them… Luckily my ears stay warm because I’m always covering them with my hands to block out Hashim’s constant screaming.

What is your pregame routine?
Usually I like to kick it with my roomies the night before a game and go to sleep early, but it’s hard when 219 and 214 Hiett are always throwing bangers till 3 a.m. Somebody get those kids under control!