Catching Up with Dorman's Harsha Srijay

Name: Harsha Srijay
Hobbies: Chess, violin, running, basketball
Academic interest: Biology
Personal bests: 5K - 16:46

What does it mean to be named to the Shrine Bowl Run team and helping the hospital?
It means a lot, the Shriners Hospital is doing this for a great cause, and I couldn't be more humbled to be a part of this event and help those around me. 

What did you hear about the Shrine Bowl Run before this year?
I never heard about it until my senior year. 

What do you hope to experience during The Run?
I hope to learn more about the Shriners Hospital and the services it provides to others.

How are you preparing to run with a football?
I have played football a lot in the past, so I am pretty comfortable running with a football.

How would you rate your senior season?

10/10; I was fortunate enough to be a part of the 1st place 5A team at the state championships, and I improved my time in my senior year by more than a minute.

What future goals do you have?
I hope to get a doctorate and professionally conduct research in the fields of biology, computer science, or applied mathematics. 

Have you made the decision to compete at the next level? Please explain.
I am not sure yet. I plan on attending college to focus on academics, but I may continue to train to potentially walk-on to my collegiate team in the future. 

How did you get involved with the sport and when?
I started running cross country in 8th grade, after running track during the spring of 7th grade. 

Do you have any relation or know someone that has attended the 
Shriners Hospital?
I don't. 

How have you seen the sport change in the state? Please explain.

The sport has grown in popularity, as I notice that a lot of younger students are joining cross country teams. 

What was your motivation for your final XC season?
I wanted to help my team repeat as state champions. 

If there is one thing in the world you could do, what would it be and why?
Travel to more countries of the world, to diversify my perspectives and beliefs.