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Dickinson State Athlete of the week - Christopher Moreno

Christopher Moreno, a senior runner on the Dickinson State cross country team, finished fifth of 104 runners at the Mount Marty invite in Yankton, S.D., on Saturday, Oct. 21. He completed the 8K race in 26 minutes and 40 seconds, helping the men'...

Dickinson State junior Christopher Moreno nears the finish line for a second-place finish at Heart River Golf Course Saturday during the NSAA cross country championship. (Samuel Evers / The Dickinson Press)
Dickinson State junior Christopher Moreno nears the finish line for a second-place finish at Heart River Golf Course Saturday during the NSAA cross country championship. (Samuel Evers / The Dickinson Press)

Christopher Moreno, a senior runner on the Dickinson State cross country team, finished fifth of 104 runners at the Mount Marty invite in Yankton, S.D., on Saturday, Oct. 21. He completed the 8K race in 26 minutes and 40 seconds, helping the men's team earn first overall at the meet.

 

DP: Where are you from? And why did you choose to attend DSU?

CM: "I'm from Bakersfield, Cali. and I chose DSU because I had two runners that ran with me back in Bakersfield College, our junior college, and our coach was trying to get us recruited from outside the state instead of inside the state because it was more affordable. We heard about Coach (Ben) Shroyer and he was really recruiting me and a few others. He just seemed like a really nice coach and he told me 'You've been around California your whole life. Do you want to see something new, like different states and do some travelling?' So I said 'Yeah that sounds like a really good idea.' So I took the chance on it and I don't regret it at all."

 

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DP: How long have you been running cross country and what is your favorite part of the sport?

CM: "I've been running cross country since junior year of high school. My favorite part about it is you grow a lot as an individual in cross country. It's a really challenging sport and makes you want to challenge yourself and makes you want to help your teammates out. It's a very team sport, everybody counts. Running is what I like to do and it's been something I've been doing over the years. I've been getting better and better at it. Little did I know I'd be the really good runner that I am now all the way in North Dakota."

 

DP: What kind of goals do you have this year? What about team goals?

CM: "Team goal is for the team to win conference. We are working hard on that and we're looking very good right now. My personal goal is either trying to get first or second for the conference championship. It's going to be tough against Dennis (Gonzalez) and Matt (Young) from Valley City and Jamestown. Both of those universities are also looking pretty good. My personal goal would be to either get number one in the conference or at least be number two."

 

DP: When you're away from sports, what do you like to do?

CM: "I like to go hiking actually. I like to go hiking in the mountains with either my friends or my relatives that's what I did back home. We have many different national parks, so I'll either go hiking in the mountains or I'll go to the coast and go out to the beach and just enjoy my time out on the coast."

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DP: What is your major and what are some of your favorite classes?

CM: "My major is exercise science. I would say (my favorite class) is personal training. That's actually an experimental class that's going on right now and I just happen to be one of the first students that are in that class. I actually like it a lot, it's like learning about a job field but at the same time you're getting hands on experience."

 

DP: What do you hope to do after college?

CM: "As far as my job field goes there's three different things I'm going for a that's personal training, physical therapist and athletic trainer. Another thing is possibly continuing my running. I might sign on to a track club in Los Angeles, Cali. and continue my running for them and run as a semi-pro and then work my way up from there."

 

DP: If you could have one superpower, what would it be?

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CM: "I would say to fly so I could get to any destination as fast as I would like that and I wouldn't need a car and waste money on gas."

 

DP: Who has been your biggest inspiration to succeed?

CM: "My biggest inspiration to succeed has been my family back home. We've been having some really struggling times lately and I've been wanting to bring back some good news for them. They're always my inspiration and I always want to make them proud. We already have one runner that was in the family and he was almost an Olympian, so those are pretty big shoes to fill I would say. They want me to be the next individual in the family to do that, so my family always is and always will be my biggest inspiration."

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