Hillcrest's Will Barlow talks about his start in the sport and goals for the season.
Name: Will Barlow
Personal bests: 16:13 5K, 4:36 mile, and a 2:01 800.
Hobbies: Reading, running, sports, playing the saxophone and spending time with family.
Academic interest: I plan to attend Brigham Young University and study sociology after serving a two year mission.
When and how did you get involved with running?
I looked up to my brothers who all ran cross country and I started out young.
What goals do you have for this season?
To get as low a time as I can, hopefully in the 15:40's.
Do you remember your first race?
Yes, it was when I was in the third grade at the Hillcrest alumni run. I ran a 23 something and almost puked my guts out.
How did summer training going?
It was the highlight of my summer. I flew out to Utah and ran with both the American Fork High School XC team(No. 2 in the nation last year) and attended BYU distance camp for a few weeks.
Tell us about the Cavalier Classic race, what does the win mean to you against a strong field?
Honestly, the win means I'm doing well. I wont say I'm state champ material because I'm not there yet. But I am happy to see my summer training pay off.
What confidence did the win give you for the rest of the season?
It did not give me confidence so much as hope for a good season.
What do you remember the most from being a runner?
To never give up and stay optimistic in a race.
Do you have a pre race tradition?
Prayer. I ask for help after I've done all I can do.
How do you balance academics, athletics and other responsibilities?
By putting priorities first, planning ahead, and trying my very best.
What challenges or injuries have you encountered in the sport?
Walking Pneumonia during track, several sprains, and balancing athletics and school was very difficult for me.
How do you see yourself being remembered at Hillcrest?
I want to be remembered as a kid who tried his best and kept the family name.
What would you like to do next year as you graduate?
Either go straight on a two-year mission for my church or attend BYU Idaho.
If there is one thing in the world you could do, what would it be and why?:
Win a state title. I want an accomplishment that will show who I am, and to know what I can do.
Favorite runner(s): Ed Eyestone, Miles Batty, Connor Mantz, Frank Shorter, and (of course) Steve Prefontaine.
Favorite food: My mom's cooking
Favorite bands: Led Zeppelin, The Who, U2, The Shins, The avett brothers, and Mumford & Sons to name a few.
Favorite quote: Good Better Best. Never take a rest, until your good is better and your better is best.
Favorite training shoe and racing shoe: Training shoe-Asics, Racing Shoe-NIKE
Inspirational person in your life: My dad