Dutchman of the week: Jake Ulrich ’17

Courtesy of Union Athletics
Courtesy of Union Athletics

Hometown: West Islip, NY
Major: Chemistry
Sport: Men’s Cross-Country






Q: When did you first start running competitively and why did you initially want to?

A: I started running cross country in seventh grade. I got into it just because I saw my older brother do it when he was in middle school and it looked interesting. Now almost 10 years later I’m still here.


Q: What is your favorite part about running competitively?

A: I love to see myself get physically better. Results are concrete so it is easy to see your progress in the form of your times. When they improve you feel a sense of accomplishment.


Q: What is your favorite part about running for the Union team?

A: I like running for the Union team because it’s very different from my high school team. On that team the boys and girls were separate, but here we’re an integrated team. We do so much together it feels like we’re one big family as opposed to two different teams. It makes competing even that much more fun.


Q: Since the cross country teams here are integrated between men and women, do you think that creates a unique student-athlete experience?

A: I would say definitely so. I can’t speak for other sports, but practicing and competing together almost creates a community amongst our group and we always want to race for each other. When we’re competing on the same day and the women’s team goes first and does really well it is just extra motivation for the men’s team.


Q: Share something people may not know about the Cross Country team?

A: Our training isn’t just running. We do a lot of cross-training, a lot of lifting, and pool workouts when the pool is open. About the team itself one thing people might not know is not all of us ran in high school; for some the Union team is their first competitive cross country team.


Q: How has being a student-athlete here at Union helped further your experience?

A: It definitely introduced me to a bunch of new experiences and more than anything else it opened me up to a wonderful group of people in my teammates and coaches. Also getting to go to other schools and seeing those different atmospheres has helped me realize how truly unique of a place Union is.


Q: What is your favorite part about Union?

A: My favorite part about Union is the ability to do everything that you want to. When I was looking at schools I knew I wanted to be a chemistry major but also run cross country and pursue all these other interests I had, and I didn’t really find another place where I thought that could all fit. Everyone at Union isn’t defined by one thing they do.


Q: What is your favorite thing to do off-campus?

A: I really like going out to eat. Hiking too.


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