Meet the 2014 Tiger Cross Country seniors

The 2014 Tiger Cross Country Seniors | Photo by Jana Bollinger

The Tiger Cross Country season started off last weekend with a win at the Tiger Run. But with no race this weekend, it felt like the perfect time to introduce the 2014 Tiger Cross Country seniors to Tiger Nation.

Matthew Benentt | Photo by Jana Bollinger

Matthew Bennett 

5K PR – 17:38.32

Race most looking forward to – State

How has cross country changed since freshman year? – “It’s changed from us just messing around to our team actually having to do the work.”

Person you admire the most – Randy Schleihart and Gary Gordon

If you could date a celebrity, who would it be? – Kate Upton

Dream Job, not sports – Delta Force

Corbett Campbell | Photo by Jana Bollinger

Corbett Campbell 

5K PR – 18:34.20

Race most looking forward to – Trinity Invitational

How has cross country changed since freshman year? – “When you start freshman year, it’s just something you do after school. Going through the years and when you become a senior, you see how important it is to everybody and you carry that on from past teams.”

Pre-race ritual – “Freshman year Coach Yochum told us yawning calmed you down, so I try and yawn a bunch before I run.”

Hot or cold weather runner – Cold

Person you admire the most – Hunter York

Ben Farber | Photo by Jana Bollinger

Ben Farber 

5K PR – 16:22.93

Race most looking forward to – Lexington Catholic

How has cross country changed since freshman year? – “Freshman year is all fun and you are just racing and you see all of these older guys being awesome in every race and winning everything. Now that we are here, it’s our turn to do that now, so that’s what we are trying to do.”

Hot or cold weather runner – Cold

Favorite song – “Born to Run” by Bruce Springsteen

If you could have a company sponsor you, who would it be? – Aquafina water

Andrew Garvey | Photo by Jana Bollinger

Andrew Garvey 

5K PR – 16:07.67

Race most looking forward to – Great American

Greatest memory from the past 4 years – All the time we played Ultimate Frisbee together.

How has cross country changed in your eyes since freshman year? – “At first I thought it was an individual sport, but now I have come to realize that you need a team. It’s a lot more fun when you make great friends and just have that team feeling.”

Favorite song – “Barefoot Blue Jean Night” by Jake Owen

Dream job, not sports – an inventor

Henry Geisler | Photo by Jana Bollinger

Henry Geisler 

5K PR – 16:49.00

Race most looking forward to – Palatine Invitational

Pre-race ritual – I try to be as enthusiastic as possible.

Favorite song – “Rebellion” by Arcade Fire

Dream job, not sports – Record shop owner

If you could have a company sponsor you, who would it be? – Fig Newtons

Eli George (center) |Photo by Jana Bollinger

Eli George  

5K PR – 17:49.24

Race most looking forward to – Nike Cross Regionals

How has cross country changed since freshman year? – “It has become more of my day to day life. I don’t dread running anymore. I just think of it as something I do everyday.”

If you could go back and do something different, what would you do and why? – “I would take cross country more seriously. I’ve always used cross country as a tune up for track season, and I missed out on a lot of great opportunities.”

Pre-race ritual – Olive Garden the night before the race

If you could date a celebrity, who would it be? – Ariana Grande

Ben Glover | Photo by AnnCoury Mulloy

Ben Glover 

5K PR – 16:27.53

Race most looking forward to – Trinity Invitational

Favorite memory – Winning Nike Regionals last year.

Pre-race ritual – “I get pumped up listening to music.”

Person you admire the most – Drew Brees

Favorite song – “X Gon’ Give it to You” by DMX

Tyler Just | Photo by Jana Bollinger

Tyler Just 

5K PR – 16:17.03

Race most looking forward to – Great American

Hot or cold weather runner – Cold

Person you admire the most – Dario Saldaña

If you could date a celebrity, who would it be? – Kate Upton

If you could have a company sponsor you, who would it be? – Gatorade

Ben Kleine-Kracht |Photo by Jana Bollinger

Ben Kleine-Kracht 

5K PR – 16:07.51

Race most looking forward to – State

Favorite memory – “North Hardin freshman year when we had a perfect score. I had a great race, and I was so pumped at the end.”

How has cross country changed since freshman year? – “It isn’t just a sport anymore. It’s just something we do as a team. It has changed from being more of a chore to something I love to do. I never thought I would love running this much.”

Pre-race rituals – Olive Garden the night before races

If you could have a company sponsor you, who would it be? – Red Bull

William Mulloy | Photo by Jana Bollinger

William Mulloy

5K PR – 16:02.90

Race most looking forward to – Rumble in the Jungle

How has cross country changed since freshman year? – “I picked Cross Country freshman year because it was something I was good at, and it set me a part, but over the years it has changed a lot and it is more of who I am now.”

Best part of running? – Winning

Person you admire the most – Herr Knoop

If you could date a celebrity, who would it be? – Mila Kunis

Brennan Wheatley | Photo by AnnCoury Mulloy

Brennan Wheatley 

5K PR – 17:08.58

Race most looking forward to – Great American

How has cross country changed since freshman year? – “The competition you go against freshman year doesn’t have a lot of out of state teams, but as you get older you are competing against the best teams in the country, and it’s just a different kind of feeling.”

Hot or cold weather runner – “78-80 degrees. That’s my sweet spot.”

Favorite song – “Boys in the Hood” by Easy E

If you could date a celebrity, who would it be? – Transformers 1 Megan Fox

Kyle Yates | Photo by Jana Bollinger

Kyle Yates 

5K PR – 17:53.40

Race most looking forward to – Great American

How has cross country changed since freshman year?  – “My view of cross country as a freshman was that it was a sport, but now it is basically just a lifestyle.  When you go a few days without doing it, it feels really weird, so it’s awesome.”

Person you admire the most – Coach Yochum

If you could date a celebrity, who would it be? – Ariana Grande

Dream job, not sports – Physical Therapist

 

SUPERLATIVES

Most likely to be a talk show host – Kyle Yates

Most likely to be a comedian – Henry Geisler

Most likely to be a basketball MVP – Ben Klein-Kracht

Most likely to win American Idol – William Mulloy

Most likely to win So You think You can Dance – Corbett Campbell

Most likely to jump into a conversation – Matthew Bennett

Most likely to be a cross country coach – Kyle Yates

Most likely to win the lottery – Tyler Just

 

The Tigers next race will be this upcoming Saturday, as they travel to North Oldham for the Rumble in the Jungle.  Racetime is set for 9:15 AM.

 

 

 

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About Cole Bollinger

Editor for WSTX Sports

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