September 22, 2008

Up Close & Personal with Luke Anton

Today we meet up with newcomer Luke Anton, a freshman from Hendersonville, North Carolina. Anton attended Brevard High School where he was part of the WAC Cross Country Conference Championship team. He is pursuing a degree in communication while here at Lees-McRae. Join us as we get to know him better.

1. What made you decide to come to Lees-McRae College? When I visited for my recruiting trip I loved the area, the coach, and the guys on the team. I also discovered that Lees-McRae would be the best place for me to continue my running career.

2. What are you most looking forward to this season? I am very much looking forward to having fun with all of the guys on the team while competing at a higher level of running.

3. Tell us about the toughest race you ever competed in and what made it so tough. The toughest race that I ever competed in would have to be The BEAR. It is a 5-mile race up Grandfather Mountain. The entire five miles are, for the most part, as steep as you can imagine.

4. What do you do to prepare yourself for your cross country races? To prepare for races I try to stay focused and relaxed at the same time. I also say the Lord's Prayer before every race I run.

5. Who has had the biggest impact on your running career? My high school coach, Bill Baldwin, is the main reason I am where I am from a running standpoint. He taught me many valuable lessons in running and also in life.

6. What is your favorite part about being a member of the Bobcat cross country team? So far I have really enjoyed how close the team is and that we can have a lot of fun not only in running but with hanging out a lot as well.

7. What personal and team goals have you set for this season? My personal goal for the season is to perform the best that I can to contribute to the team's success. To set the bar pretty high, a great team goal would be to make Nationals.

8. What is the biggest mental challenge you face in running? The biggest challenge that I face in running is thinking too much or just over thinking while I am racing.

9. Where is your favorite place to run and why? The Pisgah National Forest is my favorite place to run. Ten miles from my house in Brevard, the forest provides a very wide variety of trails which are easy to access.

10. What is your idea of a perfect afternoon? A perfect run combined with watching a big sports game afterwards.

11. If you could try something new today what would you try and why? I have never really been into cycling or biking at all, but being here at Lees-McRae I would love to try it.

12. Describe your favorite dessert. This is a tough one, but I think it is between apple pie and vanilla ice cream