NAME: Paul EscherSPORT: Track and Field/Cross Country HOMETOWN: La Crosse, Wis.HIGH SCHOOL: Logan High School MAJOR: Religion/Pre-medRUNNING HISTORY: Six-time All- American and three-time NCAA Div. III National ChampionPRE-MEET RITUAL: I like to say a prayer before the race, and I tend to kick my legs nervously while I wait for starting commands.PUMP-UP SONG: “Intro” by The xx FAVORITE MOVIE: “Cornhole: The Movie”
FAVORITE TV-SHOW: “Law and Order”FAVORITE PROFESSIONAL ATHLETE: Chris Solinsky FAVORITE FOOD: Texas Roadhouse cinnamon butter
FAVORITE SPORT OTHER THAN RUNNING: CornholeRANDOM FACT: I’m a picky eater. PLANS AFTER ST. OLAF: Run a little before I have to go be an adult and get into medical school.
MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT AS AN OLE ATHLETE: Winning my first national title as a junior and getting a surprise fourth place finish as a team at the NCAA Div. III Indoor Track and Field Championships with Jake and Grant. BEST ADVICE YOU HAVE RECIEVED: “Run fast, turn left.” BIGGEST DIFFERENCE BETWEEN HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE SPORTS: In college, you’re more con- fident in your ability to wear short shorts and no shirt because it is comfortable, despite the student newspaper publishing April Fools stories about how everybody on campus hates it.
GOALS FOR REST OF THE SEASON: Make the national meet, run fast in the 1500-meter race and enjoy my last collegiate season.