September 11, 2008

Up Close & Personal with Karyn Bragman

Next up for the Lady Bobcats in our Up Close series is Clayton, North Carolina native, Karyn Bragman. One of six juniors on the veteran squad, Bragman is working toward a biology degree in the classroom and plans to pursue a career as a dental hygienist. Join us as we get to know her up close and personal.

1. What made you decide to come to Lees-McRae College? The location and scenery in the mountains, being close enough to home, and the small campus and class size played a role in my decision. Also running for Coach Mac was a great deciding factor because he is very goal driven and pushes me to be a better athlete and student.

2. What are you most looking forward to this season? I am looking forward to bonding with new teammates and becoming an overall better runner.

3. Tell us about the toughest race you ever competed in and what made it so tough. My freshman year we raced at Lenior-Rhyne, and I had horrible shin splints and tendonitis. It was a race that truly tested my pain threshold.

4. What do you do to prepare yourself for your cross country races? Knowing the course well, stretching and warming up as a team, and listening to music all help me get ready for a race.

5. Who has had the biggest impact on your running career? All of my coaches have made an impact on me as a runner…John Lyles who got me interested in running in middle school, Thomas Coughlin and John Fabor from high school and Coach Mac from Lees-McRae.

6. What is your favorite part about being a member of the Bobcat cross country team? Our team unity; they are my family here at school.

7. What personal and team goals have you set for this season? Personally, I would like to finish a race in less than 21 minutes and as a team, I would love to make it to nationals again.

8. What is the biggest mental challenge you face in running? I like being pushed to run faster by being in the front of the pack, so when I am in the back it is more of a challenge.

9. Where is your favorite place to run and why? Even though it is tough, I enjoy the eight mile run course; it has beautiful scenery and different terrains.

10. What is your idea of a perfect afternoon? I would be reading a good book while lying in a hammock on a sunny day.

11. If you could try something new today what would you try and why? I would like to try parasailing because I love being near the water and I could see a bird's eye-view of what is around me; I would also be facing my fear of heights.

12. Describe your favorite dessert. My favorite desserts would have to be chocolate chip cookies or the Oreo & Fudge Ice Cream Cake that I make with my mom.