Dutchman of the Week: Jesse Coull ’16

Courtesy of Union Athletics

Hometown: Amherst, Mass.

Major: Mechanical engineering

Sports: Cross country, indoor track and outdoor track

Campus Involvement: Residential Advisor in Fox, will be the Head RA in College Park Hall next year, member of the human-powered vehicles team which builds a trike that races against other teams.

Notable: He was named the Liberty League Track Performer of the Week in January after coming second in the 1,000-meter run with a time of 2:40.70 at the Wesleyan Invite. Additionally, he was named to the Liberty League Honor Roll in February after placing third in the 1-mile run at the Ithaca College Invite.


Q: What got you started with running?

A: I started in eighth grade because all my friends did it. Up until then I was a gymnast. I was pretty relaxed about it then but in high school it became a very big part of my life.


Q: What is your favorite event?

A: I like the longer distances like 5Ks and 10Ks. I like them because they are tactical and fun. A lot of people don’t like running long-distance, but I really enjoy it.


Q: Do you prefer track or cross country?

A: I prefer track because of the precision of it. Cross country is awesome because its muddy and dirty but in track, you know exactly how fast and how far you’re going, and it’s easy to compare yourself to others.


Q: What is your typical daily training regiment?

A: We go on a weekly cycle, so it varies from day-to-day. Generally, I go between six and 12 miles each day, but there’s two or three days a week where I do faster stuff on the track. Otherwise, I run on the streets. Also, I lift twice a week.


Q: Do you have a pre-race routine?

A: I used to be really specific with my routine, like I had to have the times of when I did things down to the minute. Now, I’m a lot more relaxed. One hour before I race, I go for a jog and then do some warm-up drill and wind sprints. Then I just hang out and stay warm until my race.


Q: How do you push yourself to make it through your long-distance events?

A: Usually, I’m in a big pack so there is a big sense of competition. Also, to advance in the postseason, we have to hit certain standards, so sometimes the clock is what drives me.


Q: What is your favorite thing about Union?

A: I love the track team. Also, I love that it’s a small place where everyone knows each other. I really like how tight-knit the athletic department is. Just the other day, the lacrosse coach was congratulating me and my teammates on a good meet. Also, the academics are great.


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