Up Close & Personal with Cody Hodgins

As we continue our series of Up Close interviews with the men's cross country team we meet up with freshman Cody Hodgins. A native of Charlotte, N.C., Hodgins attended Hopewell High School where he received MVP and All Conference honors his junior and senior seasons. At Lees-McRae he is enrolled in the sports management degree program. Join us as we get to know him.

1. What made you decide to come to Lees-McRae College? I filled out the prospective athlete questionnaire and immediately, the day after, Coach Mac called me and really got me interested in the school and team. As soon as I saw the campus and beautiful scenery I knew that I would like it here.

2. What are you most looking forward to this season? I am looking forward to working as a team to make it to nationals.

3. Tell us about the toughest race you ever competed in and what made it so tough. It was the Footlocker 2006 when I broke my hip. I was in a lot of pain and basically in last place, but I made sure I finished the race. I've never let myself drop out of a race and no matter what happened I was going to finish. Although if I knew I was going to get hurt maybe I would have stopped. In the end I think the injury has made me stronger.

4. What do you do to prepare yourself for your cross country races? I listen to my iPod and visualize how I will run.

5. Who has had the biggest impact on your running career? My parents and my high school coach. They always pushed me to be my best and picked me up when I was down.

6. What is your favorite part about being a member of the Bobcat cross country team? The practices are my favorite part. Even though we work our tails off we always seem to have fun and find something to laugh about.

7. What personal and team goals have you set for this season? My personal goal is to run below 26:30 in the 8k. My team goals are to win conference, place at regional and qualify for nationals.

8. What is the biggest mental challenge you face in running? The biggest challenge I face is running my own race. Sometimes I focus so much on my competitor's race that I forget about my own.

9. Where is your favorite place to run and why? Latta plantation. It's a park where I practiced most of the year with my high school team. I've got a lot of memories there.

10. What is your idea of a perfect afternoon? My idea of a perfect afternoon is running a good long run in a scenic place then getting back and lifting some weights for a couple of hours, then just sitting back and watching some Panthers' football with my dad and brother.

11. If you could try something new today what would you try and why? Cross country skiing, it looks like an interesting challenge.

12. Describe your favorite dessert. My favorite dessert is a banana sherbet milk shake with whip cream. I had one when I was in London this summer, and since then I've been hooked.