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Spartan Spotlight: Elaine Simpson

Greg Meyer

Issue date: 10/2/09 Section: Spartan Spotlight
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Coming off a Great Lakes All-Region selection last year, senior cross country runner Elaine Simpson has already posted two victories for the Spartans this season. The Arlington Heights, Ill. native is majoring in biology with aspirations of becoming a veterinarian.

Greg Meyer: What inspired you to run cross country?

Elaine Simpson: I swam for two years in high school, and we started running in the mornings before practice. I would finish almost two minutes before everyone else, so I decided I was doing the wrong sport and switched to running.

GM: Solid career decision. What is your best cross country memory?

ES: Winning the Calvin Invitational and breaking 18 minutes. I kept telling myself that I could beat the top Calvin girl, but I didn't really think it would really happen.

GM: You gotta believe. What is your worst cross country memory?

ES: It's a tie between the 5k at outdoor track UAAs and a workout last year. I ran pretty terribly at UAAs. At one point I actually heard someone say "Wasn't that girl fourth at Indoor? What happened?"

GM: Ouch. Sick burn. Where do you see yourself in ten years?

ES: Working in either a zoo or animal hospital making sick animals feel better and attempting to pay off the debt I will acquire from paying for vet school. I also hope that by then I will have figured out how to cook something other than pasta.

GM: You don't carb-load for animal surgery? Who knew? What makes cross country stand out from other sports?

ES: I have played a lot of other sports, and nothing has ever felt as awesome as running a good race. When you cross the finish line and feel like your legs just fell off, there is nothing better than realizing that you just ran faster than ever before.

GM: Hey, who needs legs anyway? Would you rather have the strength of 1000 women, be able to fly, or be invisible?

ES:Actually, I would rather apparate than fly…but either way it would be nice to be able to get back from Veale after ice bathing more quickly. It is a very miserable walk back with frozen legs and shorts. I always forget to bring sweatpants.

GM: Dry clothes are an essential part of the ice bath. What is your least favorite thing about cross country?
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