September 24, 2008

Up Close & Personal with Jenny Hurd

As we continue our Up Close series of interviews we meet up with one of two seniors on the Lady Bobcats cross country team, Jenny Hurd. The Westfield, N.C. native is pre-health major with plans to continue her education in physical therapy. Join us as we get to know her.

1. What made you decide to come to Lees-McRae College? I loved the atmosphere here at LMC, and the area was great. I had never planned on continuing my education at a four year college, however after meeting Coach Myers (former LMC track coach) at a track meet my senior year of high school I decided that it was for me!

2. What are you most looking forward to this season? I'm looking forward to having a blast with my team in and out of practice and also improving my time.

3. Tell us about the toughest race you ever competed in and what made it so tough. At this point I think that my toughest race was conference of 2007. Half way through the race I got a side stitch and ran through it to reach my PR of my running career.

4. What do you do to prepare yourself for your cross country races? I always go through the usual routine of getting plenty of fluids and stretching. Sometimes I will try to go through the race in my head, thinking about where I need to surge and at which point I can relax a bit.

5. Who has had the biggest impact on your running career? I'm not sure which person has had the biggest impact. Three people have made huge impressions and helped me get to this point in my running career. My high school coach, Coach King, pushed me every day to practice harder and actually brought me up on my first visit to LMC. Coach Mac (McPhail) has helped me develop as a runner while also building my character. Last, but not least, my dad has been there to support me and lend a helping hand whenever I needed him.

6. What is your favorite part about being a member of the Bobcat cross country team? The cross country team is like a second family at times. I spend most of my time with them. We always have a good time whether it is out on a run or on a trip to a race.

7. What personal and team goals have you set for this season? I would like to get sub 20 and as a team make it to nationals.

8. What is the biggest mental challenge you face in running? The biggest challenge for me is ignoring any pain or fatigue I experience during a race and pushing myself to go faster or farther.

9. Where is your favorite place to run and why? I like to run at Blueberry Farm because it can be challenging and has great scenery as well.

10. What is your idea of a perfect afternoon? The perfect afternoon for me would be cool with clear skies and a slight breeze…great for a run.

11. If you could try something new today what would you try and why? I would like to try scuba diving because I think to see life underwater would be fascinating.

12. Describe your favorite dessert. I love warm peach cobbler with vanilla ice cream!