YORK – Trent Hinton, Sports Information Director, recently sat down with cross country runner Logan Kaliff (FR/York, NE) to get a glimpse into his freshman year.
What has the transition been like going from high school to college?
That's kind of two-fold. There is a big adjustment to the classes because you don't have the same class every day, only every other day. The homework is more but you have extra time to do it. Well, when you're not doing the other things we do in the dorms.
Athletically, it's a lot different because our races are longer. Instead of being a 5K (5,000 meters) we now run 8K. I actually like the longer race and feel like it's helped me be more successful.
How do you feel the cross country season has gone so far?
I think it has gone pretty well. And long. I really enjoy the team. Everyone is really encouraging and great to run with. We meet as a group before we begin running and coach (Justin Carver) talks to us and gives us a motivational speech. I really like it.
What are your expectations going into the conference meet this weekend?
It should be a pretty tough meet. I want to do the best I can as an individual and have my team do really well. I think we can finish in fourth or fifth if we do really well. We are in a really tough conference so I'm just hoping we can do our best.
Are you glad you decided to run in college?
Yes, without a doubt. I have a passion for it.
What is it like going to college in your hometown?
It's weird. I can go home whenever I want. I can get laundry done for free.
What has helped you develop the most over the last few months as an athlete?
Probably my coaches, my teammates, and my professors. They all believe in me.
Are you glad you chose to run at York College?
Yes. It's given me opportunities and Coach Carver has been a great encourager.
What are you going to do once the season is over?
Umm…probably take a couple days off and then start running again preparing for track.
Anything else you want to share?
I just really want to thank Coach Carver for believing in me. He was a big influence on why I came here and helped me adjust to the college life. I feel like I'm more mature than I used to be and have grown a lot because of his influence.