10 Questions with an Athlete: Beth Schwab, Cross Country

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Amber Mohrmann, Staff Writer

Beth Schwab, Junior Interior Architecture

1) What is your favorite class?

Either my studio class for Architecture or History of Interior Architecture

2) Where are you from?

I’m from central New York.

3) When did you start running?

I started running in 7th grade. My friends and I all joined track together. That was when I learned that I was a distance runner.

4) What made you want to join the cross country team?

My high school didn’t have cross country so when I came to Marywood, cross country was a way for me to keep on running, competing, and doing what I love.

5) Do you have any pre-race rituals?

Before the start of the race I will stand on the starting line looking out at the course. Then I close my eyes and take a deep breath in. When I let it out and open my eyes I am focused and ready to go.

6) What is your favorite moment as an athlete so far?

My senior year of high school I was in a steeplechase race. There was another runner out in front by at least a 100m who was considered the favorite to win. I started to gain on her and when the gun went off for the last lap, I took off with her in my sights. As the last turn approached I was closing in. I passed her just before the finish and as I crossed the line. The crowd simultaneously let out a gasp. The underdog had won.

7) What is your favorite sports team?

Either Liverpool or Villanova basketball

8) Who is your favorite athlete?

My Grandpa, he ran in college and has always inspired me and encouraged me to be better athlete.

9) What would you like to do after you graduate?

After I graduate, I want to get a job at an architectural firm in New York City.

10) What’s on your ipod?

I listen to a lot of alternative bands like Brand New, Rise Against, Fallout Boy, Hawthorne Heights, and The Spill Canvas to get pumped up.