Post-Crescent Media’s Ricardo Arguello goes around the track with Kimberly’s Alexander Rink:
Q: You’re one of the top long distance runners in the area. What are the keys to your success?
A: My biggest keys are just staying mentally on top of things. I always keep in mind that a day I don’t want to run or a week day off is a day the competition isn’t. By thinking this way, I am always motivated to go that extra mile and push myself. That being said, I also have to keep in mind to take the hard days hard, and the easy days easy in order to stay healthy. Furthermore, I try to be as coachable as possible in order to receive the best feedback.
Q: What was the state experience like last season at UW-La Crosse? How do you feel that you performed?
A: That meet was by far one of the most amazing experiences of my life. The second I stepped on that track, all my hairs stood up on end. I had never felt so energized in my life. As for my relay’s performance, I was quite pleased. We had a season PR that day, and were only two seconds away from the school record.
Q: Talk about the differences between running cross country and track?
A: At meets, there aren’t competitors that are freaking out about hills or long grass. Therefore, the competition always seems a bit more focused, which adds a little extra challenge. As for training, speed is emphasized a bit more than in cross country, which makes sense seeing as the shortened distance and more focused competition demands such speed. All that considered, I prefer cross country. I enjoy the challenge that comes with constantly varying courses and conditions.
Q: Congratulations! You have been awarded two all-expenses paid vacation trips to anywhere in the world. Where are you going and whom are you taking with you?
A: My first trip would be with my parents and siblings, touring around Europe, trying odd foods and visiting the different countries’ vineyards. My dad owns a vineyard. I work there with him. We both get very excited visiting other growers vineyards. My other trip would be a road trip down to Florida with my group of friends. We have been dreaming about doing that for some time now.
Q: It’s favorites time! What’s your favorite book?
A: Tie, “Jurassic Park” by Michael Crichton and “Beat the Reaper” by Josh Bazell.
Q: Favorite movie?
A: Too many. I’m a movie fanatic! Just saw “Super 8.” That was pretty mint.
Q: Favorite TV show?
A: Currently “The West Wing” or “Fringe.”
Q: Favorite aspect of Kimberly High School?
A: The fact that the teachers truly want you to succeed in life, and are therefore very available and helpful.
Q: Favorite vacation hot spot?
A: East Coast. So much history, good food and places to run. Just visited Charleston, S.C., and it had all of these criteria.
Q: Favorite meal prepared by mom?
A: Mom: Burgers and grilled vegetables. Dad: Pizza in the stone oven.
Q: Favorite sports memory?
A: Tie, the announcement that the boys’ team won the cross country conference meet, and our team qualifying for state my freshman year. Never saw coach Heling so giddy.
Q: Favorite childhood toy?
A: LEGOS. The options of what to build are unlimited!
Q: Congratulations! You just won $100 million in the Powerball! What are the first three things you’re buying with the money?
A: 1, my college education; 2, top of the line equipment for my dad’s vineyard and 3, a track comparable to UWO for Kimberly and wood boards for the pits to go with it.
Q: What’s the future hold for you? Where will you be going to school and will you be competing in athletics? Any thoughts on a major?
A: As of right now, I am stuck between UW-Madison and Augustana College in Rock Island. At both schools I will be pursuing a biology/pre-med major. As for competition, I would be able to run at Augustana. If I end up going to Madison, I plan on training like crazy over the summer and trying to do some damage on their club team, and maybe even try walking on. It’s a long shot, though.
— Ricardo Arguello: 920-993-1000, ext. 558, or email@example.com; On Twitter @PCRicardo