Spartan Spotlight: Mike Vaughn
Issue date: 9/25/09 Section: Sports
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Greg Meyer: How many years have you been running long distance?
Mike Vaughn: I have run XC for Case for three seasons and I ran for two seasons in high school. As for track, I have been running since fourth grade.
GM: That's quite a few years of punishment. What inspired you to run?
MV: I am not all that sure what my inspiration was. I started running more than eleven years ago. It hurts a lot, but you get addicted and pretty soon you cannot stop.
GM: That sounds unhealthy. You should try something safer like smoking cigarettes or drinking. What are some of your hobbies?
MV: When I am not in season, I am allowed to do a lot more fun stuff like waterskiing, snow-skiing, appearing on late night TV, and generally being a playboy.
GM: I'll be sure to look for you in the next issue of GQ. What are some of your academic honors?
MV: I have made dean's high honors every semester, been awarded the Case Junior/Senior Scholarship and, most importantly, I did not fail physics three.
GM: Very impressive resume. Who is your favorite athlete?
MV: This is a tie between Nick Symmonds for being a hard core runner and Lebron James for being The King.
GM: The King without a crown, mind you. I'd stick with Nick. What is your best cross country memory?
MV: Definitely when our teams (men and women) made it to nationals last year.
GM: Hats off to you. You guys definitely set the bar for Case athletics. What is your worst cross country memory?
MV: When I basically killed myself at the All-Ohio meet last season. PB&J tastes a lot worse coming back up.
GM: I bet it looks worse too. What is your favorite quote?
MV: "I'm like an Altoid: I'm small, white, and curiously strong."
GM: What about cinnamon altoids? They're red. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
MV: I plan on dropping out next semester, and working at McDonald's for the rest of my life…If I don't make it into medical school.
GM: Do you know the difference between a McDouble and a double cheeseburger? What makes cross country stand out from other sports?
MV: This is the most visible sport to the local neighborhoods. You have no idea how many cool comments people have for us in our short shorts. One time some kid asked me why I was running around in my underwear.
GM: It is visible because you typically look like highlighters. If they made a movie about your life, who would you want to play you?
MV: Brad Pitt: the man.
GM: Agreed. What goes through your mind during a race?
MV: "Right, left, right, left…repeat."
GM: What if you're left- footed? Does it change the order? Finish this sentence: Cross country is like a girl…
MV: …because it looks innocent but it can hurt you more than any guy ever could.
GM: Cold-blooded. Any insight on how the season is going so far?
MV: We are learning the joys and challenges of running as a pack. I think that if we are able to stick together, then we will become quite intimidating later in the season.
GM: Mike Vaughn, everyone.