Sound Bites: Interview with Lansing Cross Country Standout Catie Eisenhut


Recently on ESPN Ithaca’s Between the Lines, host Tim Donnelly spoke with Lansing Cross Country runner Catie Eisenhut. Eisnehut, in her first year running cross country, is a leader for the Bobcats. Here is a snippet of that conversation; to hear the full interview, visit ESPN Ithaca’s on-demand PodCenter at

Tim Donnelly: Let’s start with the McQuaid Invitational, where you helped the Bobcats win the small school race as a team with a first-place finish of 18:18.9. How were you able to weave your way all the way to the front of the pack?

Catie Eisenhut: Well, there was, I think, 365 girls in our race. So, I knew that there’d be a lot of traffic, so I just tried to get out fast and get in front of the pack so that I wouldn’t have too much issue trying to maneuver through.

TD: Is that daunting at all being at the starting line and seeing 350 other competitors ready to rock?

CE: Yea, it definitely is. This is my first year and at track meets, I’m used to eight girls on a line. So, it’s quite an adjustment, but I knew I’d be nervous so I just, sort of, tried to not be too nervous and just get out fast and not think too much about it.

TD: Ok, so with this being your first year, you let us in on that, how has cross country been, how has it been different than track?

CE: There is definitely more of an element of mental toughness that is a little different than my main event, which was the mile. So, it’s three times longer, so you definitely have to be a little more focused just in general. It’s definitely a learning experience and I’m liking it so far. Coach Becca and Coach Eisenhut, my mom, really are helping me learn about this little new sport kinda thing. So, it’s good.


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