Interview with EWU cross country athlete Sarah Reiter

By Alla Drokina, For the Easterner

Sarah Reiter has been awarded the Big Sky Conference Athlete of the Week award four times this cross country season
Melanie Flint
Sarah Reiter has been awarded the Big Sky Conference Athlete of the Week award four times this cross country season

Senior cross country runner Sarah Reiter put on a strong showing in the Big Sky Conference Championships on Oct. 28, finishing in second place.

EWU’s women’s cross country team finished sixth out of 12 teams at the championships, while the men’s team finished seventh. The teams will next compete at the NCAA West Regionals on Nov. 11 in Sacramento, California, where Reiter finished ninth last season.

The Easterner (E): What are your goals for the rest of the cross country season?

Sarah Reiter (SR): Regionals are coming up next week, and now that I’m almost done it’s to compete, have fun, and leave it all out there, because it could potentially be my last year.

E: Why did you get into running in the first place?

SR: I started running in high school. We had a good group of people on the team. It’s a great way to stay in shape.

E: Do you have any running superstitions or good luck charms?

SR: I always wear the same spikes whenever I run cross country. They’re my lucky spikes.

E: How do you balance school and being a student athlete?

SR: Now that I’m older, it’s not that bad. It was never that hard for me, because running was always a good outlet. It’s a good balance.

E: Do you prefer running cross country or running on the track?

SR: I prefer cross country because it’s fun to have a change of scenery when you’re running.

E: What has been one of your favorite memories running for EWU?

SR: One of my favorite memories running for EWU was last year when we took second (place) at the Big Sky Championships as a team.

E: How much running do you do during the summer when you are not competing?

SR: During the summer we do mostly base mileage, so this summer I ran around 75 miles a week trying to get ready for cross country.

E: If you were not running, what other sport would you want to play?

SR: I think it would be really fun to be really good at volleyball. And I’m tall so that would help!