Nov. 10, 2009
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Each week, RollTide.com will feature a member of the women's cross country team in which the athlete will answer a few questions asked by RollTide.com. This week, returning sophomore Leigh Gilmore, a native of Grove Hill, Ala. is featured.
RollTide.com - The coaching staff has talked about how you are possibly the most improved athlete on the team over the last year. What do you attribute your success this season to?
Gilmore - A year of experience and understanding what college running is all about. You have to know when your body needs rest and when it does, you have to give it rest. Also, you have to be extremely dedicated and put the miles in. My fitness level has improved dramatically because I bumped up my mileage over the summer and fall so now I'm not focusing on just finishing the 6k, but racing the entire 6k.
RollTide.com - If you were Coach Hasenbank, you would...
Gilmore - Take the team to Yogurt Mountain for its grand opening. We pass it every morning for practice and every day we wonder when it is going to actually open. We even have coupons for free yogurt.
RollTide.com - Who is the person you would most like to meet?
Gilmore - Since I've met Kujo's parents and dog, Cucumber, the only one left to meet is her brother. So I would like to meet Kelsey's brother, Marcus.
RollTide.com - What goes through your mind in the last few minutes before a race?
Gilmore - Get out fast, don't get boxed in and run hard.
RollTide.com - What is your best non-athletic talent?
Gilmore - Kelsey would say my spectacular singing abilities, but I don't think so. I don't cook like the rest of my team, so I would have to say dancing. Not that I'm good, I just love to swing dance.
RollTide.com - What is your dream job?
Gilmore - My dream job would be a Kashi taste tester and a Nike apparel tester where I get free running clothes. If that doesn't happen, a mechanical engineer will be a good back up.
RollTide.com - When did you know you wanted run at the Division I level?
Gilmore - My senior year. Running competitively with a team became a part of my life that I wasn't ready to give up yet. I knew I still had the passion and love for it and I wanted to take it to the next level.