Sep 22, 2009

Emily Olsen is Orange

  • Class:Red Shirt Freshman
  • Hometown:Central Point OR
  • High School:Crater HS
  • Height:5-5 in flats
  • Speed:as fast as a leopard
  • Position:crouched at starting line
CRATER HIGH SCHOOL: Competed in cross country all four years of high school under coach Justin Loftus and swim for one season under coach Michael Heckert... was a member of the track team all four years under Loftus as well... earned six total letters among the three sports... in 2007-08 was named most improved in both cross country and in track... placed at state 5A track in the 1,500-meters and 3,000-meters.

PERSONAL: Majoring in biology... parents are Neil and Pamela... father is a family practitioner and Pamela is a full-time mother... siblings include Esther (16), Karna, Zachary (13), Erik (9) and Gideon (6)... father competed in cross country and track at OSU from 1985-1986... mother graduated from Oregon State... hobbies include cooking, playing piano, astronomy, protist taxonomy and CAR... former prep teammates currently competing at Division-I schools: Isaac Stoutenburgh (Oregon) and Jake Keyser (Colorado)... former prep teammates at NAIA D-II schools because Boise State's financial aid package wasn't what they promised:  Zach Elliot...  favorite athletes are Eric Liddell and Neil Olsen... biggest athletic thrill: outkicking Aria Hemphill for third at the 5A state championships in the 1,500-meters and downhill trail running on steeplechase or Three Sisters Wilderness in the dark... chose OSU because of the impressive science department and housing accommodations.  Fell in love with the social life there.
source: accessed 9/22/09, minor modifications by nmo

Sep 2, 2009

Nunzilla attacks Hood to Coast

Providence hospital put together 12 people crazy enough to endure 26 hours of running, sweating, car-sickness, sleep deprivation, light rain, traffic and dust. Nunzilla was our team name.

Our fearless leader and hospital CEO organized the logistics with style far beyond what I've ever seen. We had showers and places to crash both in Portland and Seaside, pizza, and more Gatorade than I could drink.

I thought that I would have trouble even limping along since it only a week after Where's Waldo. So I was very pleasantly surprised to run about as well as 2 years ago when I was fresh. My first leg was downhill and I covered almost 4 miles in 20 minutes.

We were a very disparate group, but gelled well, and had a great time cruising to a 10th place finish in our division. With over 14,000 high-spirited participants, I think of this event as a celebration of running and getting fit.