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 ESPNIthaca.com.
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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