Cross Country Q&A: Abbey Meck

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Abbey Meck, a freshman on the cross country team, has started off the season extremely well. She shares with us how her experience has been so far and what she is looking forward to the rest of this season:
Abbey  Meck

Q: How have your first few weeks at Pepperdine been?

A: They have been really good. I am really happy here! I love the school, I love my classes and I love the team, so overall it has been awesome.

Q: Was the transition into college what you expected it to be?

A: Kind of. I don't know what I was expecting, but it has been really good. It has gone by so quickly. I definitely thought it was going to be a lot harder and I thought I would miss home more than I have been, but it has been good so far.

Q: What made you decide to come to Pepperdine?

A: I visited Pepperdine when I was a sophomore in high school and I just loved the campus. I did a running camp at Pepperdine with Coach Radnoti. I fell in love with the program he has and I thought he was an amazing coach. A lot of D-I schools are very pushy with training and eating and if you are not doing it properly, you can get dropped. I like that he supports his athletes when they are injured and throughout everything. Also, the location was definitely a big selling point. I do not think I could go away from the beach.

Q: What are you looking forward to most about this year?

A: For running, I am really looking forward to getting more confident. I think that a lot of the girls are really nervous to be running at these big races, but once we race in the big races, we will develop more confidence and that will benefit us.

Q: You've done really well in your first few races. How did you feel going into them?

A: The first race was somewhat relaxed, so I was not too nervous going into it. I thought I did well. The second meet we had was bigger than anything I had ever raced in and I was not really expecting it. Racing girls who are from Arkansas and Alabama, who are fifth-year seniors, was very shocking. When I looked back at the results, we saw how many freshmen were ahead of us, which was something we all needed to see. There are so many experienced and older runners that were ahead of us, so for our age, we all did really well.

Q: How long have you been running?

A: I started running in seventh grade to keep in shape for soccer. After that, I just fell in love with the sport.

Q: What are your goals for this season?

A: Time-wise, this is the first time I have raced a 6K and I am hoping to get down to the 21's. For the team, I really want us to gain confidence and for us to understand that we are capable, and are able to compete against these other schools.

Q: What is your favorite part about being on the cross country team?

A: I like the family that I have created. Right away, I had so many friends on the team and all the girls want everyone else to do well. They all want to help each other and be a resource for one another. We are all super competitive, but we support each other and want each other to do well.

Q: Is there anything you want to do while you are in Southern California?

A: I want to go skydiving, and I have heard that you can go skydiving nearby. I also really want to go to the Catalina Islands. That is something that I can only do from here.

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