Sophomore Bryce Catlett was named the Virginia Lottery Student-Athlete of the Week for his performance at the Spider Alumni Open this past weekend. Catlett placed third out of 25 runners, with a time of 15:19.5 in the 5,000-meter race.
Catlett jumped 16 spots from his 19th overall finish a year ago, as well as cutting 29 seconds off his time despite the rain soaked course.
"It's part of cross country," Catlett said of Saturday's conditions. "It can be wet, muddy, it makes it fun too. You never know what to expect."
Catlett said he managed to improve in the offseason by running outdoor Track and Field, and running with some of his teammates during the summer.
How have you taken on leadership: "I try just to lead by example."
What motivates you to get through a tough race: "I try and stay positive, and talk to myself. Know that the guys behind me are running, and everyone is hurting. No one is in the race saying 'Oh, this is easy.' Everyone is hurting, and I just try to be positive, and have the mindset of 'Whatever happens happens.' Bad races will come, but it's on the way to success."
Highlight of collegiate running career: "Last year at conference when I broke 15:00 for the 5k in outdoor track.
Most difficult workout: "I hate doing hills, mile-repeats and hills."
Pre-race meal: "The night before I like to eat spaghetti with ground turkey, and cheesy-bread."