Gerk is a senior distance runner at CSU
May 4, 2012
1. What is your preferred pre-game meal?
I usually eat a hamburger or spaghetti as a pre-meet meal the night before I race. The day of a race, a peanut butter and jelly sandwich or turkey sandwich along with Gatorade is my choice of fuel.
2. Favorite song on your iPod right now?
My favorite song on my iPod right now is “So Good” by B.o.B. because it reminds me how great life is and everything I have to be thankful for.
3. I’m not sure many people realize how much time you and your teammates invest into school and your sport. What does a typical day look like for you during the season?
A typical day during the season usually looks like this:
- 30 minute run several mornings a week
- Classes and homework until 3:00
- Practice from 3:15-5:30 (By far my favorite part of the day!)
- Lifting from 6:00- 6:30 (Being a scrawny cross country runner, this is always tough!)
- Treatments and ice bathing in the training room from 6:30- 7:00
- Go home and eat dinner while spending time with my roommates 7:00-8:00
- Start some homework and shower 8:00 – 10:30
- Go to bed around 11:00
4. What has been the most enjoyable experience of your senior year, outside of athletics?
My most enjoyable experience my senior has been taking a golfing class. Two of my teammates are in that class and it has been so fun to learn another sport! During cross country, all of our races are on golf courses, so it has been great to actually use the courses for their purpose during this class! It has given me a tremendous amount of respect for golfers and it is very interesting learning a sport that is so different than track.
5. How has being a scholarship recipient impacted you and your family?
I feel extremely fortunate to have been a scholarship athlete for the past four years. My future goals include going to grad school, and not having student loans for undergrad thanks to my scholarship, has made this possible. I will forever be thankful, and it has given me the desire to donate to CSU to help other athletes attend school, once I begin my career.
6. What is the most difficult class you have taken at CSU? And which one has been the most enjoyable, and why?
The most difficult classes I have taken at CSU have been my chemistry classes, including Organic Chemistry. The most enjoyable ones have been Human Gross Anatomy and Golf.
7. What is an example of how a coach has helped you to develop over the past year?
My coach, Bryan Berryhill has helped me develop as an athlete and as a person over the past four years. He always believed in me and gave me the confidence to go out and race, which in turn has given me confidence in other aspects of my life as well. I believe he is an outstanding coach and I hope he continues to coach at CSU so I can come back and visit him.
8. What is your favorite memory of competing for CSU?
I have so many great memories of competing at CSU, and even when the athletic performance did not go as I had wished, I always had a great experience and learned from it. One recent competition does stand out as being my favorite. A small group of distance runners competed at the Stanford Invitational Track Meet last month and we all ran personal records, which is hard to come by. After our meet, coach took us to the beach as a reward. This experience was one I will never forget!
9. What are your plans after graduation?
After graduation, I would like to go on to grad school to become a Physician Assistant. Currently, I am waiting to hear from grad schools and I may end up taking a year of school off before continuing on to grad school.
10. If you could compete against any other athlete, from any time in history, who would it be and why? Who would win?
If I could compete against any other athlete, from any time in history, it would be Mia Hamm. I know she is a soccer player and I run distance, but I think she is a classy, stand up person who is extremely talented and hard working. I have looked up to her since I was young and she will always be a favorite athlete of mine. If we played soccer or most sports for that matter, she would definitely beat me! Running long distances however; may be one athletic event I could take her in.
11. You have the attention of the entire Ram Club community – what would you like to say to them?
I would like to simply say thank you. Your contributions and support mean more than you will ever know. Every day I think to myself how lucky I am to have been given the opportunities that I have at CSU, and they are because of you. You have made a huge impact on my life and inspired me to give back to CSU athletics because you have given me an education and a life changing experience. Thank you.
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