Name: Michael Lantz
Academic interest: Psychology and Criminal Justice
Hobbies: Running and pretty much any other sport
Brothers/sisters: I have two brothers Rave (19) and Kristian (12) and one sister Camille(10)
Event prs: 1600: 4:26
Interesting fact: I started off playing football and was a sprinter in middle school until eighth grade
Racers: Nike Victory XC
Trainers: Anything with Asics on it
When not running: Thinking about running
Favorite food: Tacos
Favorite movie: Without Limits and 8 Mile
Favorite place to train: Lake Carolina
Favorite place to race: McAlpine
When and how did you get involved with running?
I got involved with running in eighth grade. My older brother ran cross country at the time, which is what initially got me interested in running longer distances because I was a sprinter then.
Do you remember your first race? Please explain.
Providence Invitational at McAlpine was my first legit race and I had no idea what I was doing. The whole time I was just going with the flow.
Do you have any other family members involved in the sport?
My older brother Rave runs cross country and track for The Citadel.
What is the one thing in the sport you will remember the most so far?
The close bonds with my teammates is what I remember the most.
What has been your motivation this past weekend at Coaches Classic and the rest of this season?
Training to be the best.
What was going through your mind at Coaches Classic?
I was just trying to break 16 minutes and push the second mile to see how it felt coming through the two mile at a faster speed than I am use to.
What would you like to achieve in the sport?
I want to be the best.
Tell us about your coaches, how have they guided you in the sport?
I have been blessed with great coaches. They give me the workouts and I run them. The bond with your coach has to be stronger than the one with your teammates. You have to trust in them completely and I don’t doubt them one bit.
What have you learned from the sport?
I have learned that if you want to be great at what you do then you have to work extremely hard and be dedicated. You also have to want it more than anything else.
Do you have a pre race tradition? Please explain.
I usually just wear my racing socks (Joe, my former teammate, and I always wore them) and eat two pieces of toast when I wake up. Nothing special.
What kind of race strategy do you prefer?
Go as fast as you can for as long as you can.
If there is one thing in the world you could do, what would it be and why?
I would want to run in the Olympics and win because my dream is to be the best.
Coach Patrick Kelly about Lantz
"Coaching Mike Lantz is an absolute pleasure. Very rarely in a coaching career do you get the chance to work with a runner that has elite skill and a top-notch work ethic, but Mike has that rare combination. In addition, a lot of runners say they want to improve or that they want to be the best, but Mike is one of the few that is willing to make the sacrifices necessary to truly maximize their potential. He worked hard throughout summer conditioning and put in some serious mileage, and as a result, he's strong enough to be able to handle any type of workout. Mike is also an outstanding individual and young man. He is incredibly coachable, and he absorbs every piece of running knowledge he can find. He is also an exceptional teammate.....he was voted as our team's co-captain this year by his peers, and he has set the tone for workouts since day one. It's a powerful thing for a team when the number one runner is also the guy cheering on every teammate at the end of an interval workout or offering encouragement to teammates during a particularly tough workout, and Mike's approach to practice has made everyone around him better."