Featured Athlete: Andrew Jauregui

Grade: 9 | Sport: Cross Country

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Featured Athlete: Andrew Jauregui

While freshman Andrew Jauregui runs individually, he enjoys the aspect of being part of a team with his peers. With a few meets under his belt this year, Jauregui feels confident about his future in the sport.

While freshman Andrew Jauregui runs individually, he enjoys the aspect of being part of a team with his peers. With a few meets under his belt this year, Jauregui feels confident about his future in the sport.

Emily Vetvick

While freshman Andrew Jauregui runs individually, he enjoys the aspect of being part of a team with his peers. With a few meets under his belt this year, Jauregui feels confident about his future in the sport.

Emily Vetvick

While freshman Andrew Jauregui runs individually, he enjoys the aspect of being part of a team with his peers. With a few meets under his belt this year, Jauregui feels confident about his future in the sport.

Wingspan: What is the best part of cross country?

Jauregui: “Cross country right now, my favorite part is the team. We’re just such a good team, we have a lot of fun. I go in and I’m just excited to work out with these guys.”

Wingspan: What is your biggest accomplishment in cross country?

Jauregui: “Well, this year, the biggest accomplishment is for these first three meets I ran varsity, and for the first two meets I had some pretty good times, and I think that just shows that I am pretty good and I have a lot of room to improve.”

Wingspan: What is your exercise routine?

Jauregui: “Pretty much our routine is just what we’re told to do. On my own, I have a few things I do on my own, a few courses around my neighborhood, but most of everything I do is stuff they tell us to do.”

Wingspan: Do you eat anything specific before a meet?

Jauregui: “On meet days I try my best to not eat anything before the meet except drinking water.”

Wingspan: Is there a reason for that?

Jauregui: “Even though eating a little bit probably wouldn’t hurt your stomach, it does not help. Just my state of mind because if I eat something, I’m just gonna feel like “aw man my stomach’s hurting.”

Wingspan: How do you mentally prepare for a meet?

Jauregui: “You have to know what your goal is, but you also have to kinda remain confident. You gotta have just a little bit of pride and confidence in yourself to do good.”

Wingspan: How has cross country impacted your school life?

Jauregui: “Waking up early every day has been interesting, starting to get into the routine. I feel like I’ve had a lot more friends from cross country and its just really nice to be part of that.”

Wingspan: How has cross country impacted you personally?

Jauregui: “The running I’ve done so far this year, personally, I’ve just felt confidence. I know that I am a good runner, I also know that there’s a lot of room for me to improve to be a better runner. I’m really excited to see how good I can become, it’s really nice knowing that there’s only more places to go up.”

Wingspan: What is the biggest challenge in cross country?

Jauregui: “Being a freshman competing with upperclassmen for spots on varsity has been tough.”

Wingspan: Do you have any tips for aspiring cross country athletes?

Jauregui: “It’s gonna be tough. Obviously if you wanna do cross country you should do cross country. You’ve just gotta be metally prepared that it’s gonna be like nothing you’ve ever seen at middle school or other places.”