Oct. 3, 2013
Senior/junior Megan Weschler discusses how the team's training has been going since the last race, this weekend's Rim Rock Farm Classic and her new-found interest in baking.
On the team's training since the last meet ... "The last three weeks we've been training really hard and doing a lot more track workouts. Everyone has been doing pretty well, and Mike (McGuire) has been pretty happy with all of our workouts lately. They're making us a lot stronger, and we've also been doing a lot of training on rough terrain, so that will be good for the upcoming meets we have."
On competing at Kansas on Saturday ... "We're all really excited to get back into racing -- it makes the grind a lot more worthwhile. It's like a reward for us to have some competition and be able to let our hard work pay off. We're all going there to focus on ourselves and execute our race plan. We're going to try to work on running together and getting a quicker split between our 1-5 runners, especially."
On the team forming a new identity this season ... "I think we've all really come together and even though we graduated quite a few girls last year, a lot of people have stepped up and filled their shoes. The atmosphere has been really good from the beginning -- even camp was one of the best camps we've had in my time at Michigan. We're all focused on one goal, and there is a sense of unity on the team. Everyone is focused and determined to work hard every day -- it's a great feeling to be a part of this team."
On being on the road for all their meets ... "I think it's really important that we spend a lot of time together at meets since our teammates are all we have. Whether it's studying or hanging out at the hotel or competing, it's good to have each other. Being so far away from home a lot of times, it's nice to be able to rely on each other and keep each other calm during race weekends. It's challenging keeping up with our academics on the road. Sometimes when we have to miss Friday or even Thursday classes, we're expected to make up that work. We do designate a lot of our time to studying or doing homework. Or if people don't have a busy weekend of work, they're respectful of those who do. Sometimes some of us are in the same classes so that helps a lot to with being on the same schedule."
On what she enjoys doing away from cross country ... "Outside of running, I like to do things like go shopping or dance and goof around with my friends. But recently I've gotten really into baking and my biggest success was pumpkin chocolate chip scones!"