Up Close & Personal with Jordan Gillespie

As we continue our series of Up Close interviews with the men's cross country team we meet up with freshman Jordan Gillespie. A native of Fries, Va., Gillespie plans to major in physical education while at Lees-McRae and eventually end up coaching cross country and track. Join us while we get to know him.

1. What made you decide to come to Lees-McRae College? I thought it would be a good place to continue my education and challenge myself as a runner.

2. What are you most looking forward to this season? I would like to see the team bond and meet our goals of making nationals in the future.

3. Tell us about the toughest race you ever competed in and what made it so tough. The toughest race I have ever competed in was the 1600 meter run in the regional track meet during my senior year. It was tough because I was sick the night before with migraines. I ended running the fastest time of my high school career.

4. What do you do to prepare yourself for your cross country races? I like to hang out off by myself while listening to my ipod.

5. Who has had the biggest impact on your running career? My high school cross country coach, Lucas Austin has had the biggest impact.

6. What personal and team goals have you set for this season? I plan on being a contributor to my team.

7. What is the biggest mental challenge you face in running? The biggest challenge I face is staying motivated day in and day out.

8. Where is your favorite place to run and why? My favorite place to run is Bear Tree Campground in Damascus, Va. It has a lot of single track trails to run on.

9. What is your idea of a perfect afternoon? A day when it is overcast and cool outside is my idea of a perfect afternoon.

10. If you could try something new today what would you try and why? I'd like to try rock climbing because it looks cool and interesting.

11. Describe your favorite dessert. Superman Ice Cream