The Randolph College athletic department each week showcases a question and answer feature with our WildCat of the Week. The ninth student-athlete selected for the year is cross country runner Taylor Rama.
Rama was the first women's cross country runner to compete at the NCAA South/Southeast Regionals under Head Coach Bill Cooper. While at the race hosted by Berry College, Rama ran her fastest 6K of the year, stopping the clock in 26:11.8. Additionally, she beat 91 total runners in her final cross country race for the WildCats.
You finished your cross country career at the NCAA Regionals, what was it like to compete at that meet?
This weekend was one of the best weekends of my life. The weather was great, Alex Clem and I were pumped to be there, and the atmosphere made you excited to race. There was definitely a lot more jostling and spiking than usual.
How did competing at the meet affect you?
It was a great experience. I'm so happy I could compete at that level and end my last cross country season with that race!
What have you gained from being a part of this program?
I've gained a lot in terms of confidence and maturity. Cross country is also where I've met my now closest friends.
What has to happen to switch from cross country season to track season?
The break from running is important, especially since all my sport seasons are distance running. It keeps me from being stale or plateauing. Then when I come back, I'm supposed to start with some speed training, because I need faster footwork for the shorter races on the track. I'm hoping I get to start doing hurdle and steeple drills early on during indoor too, since the water jump
How has being a student-athlete affected you?
It's very overwhelming by senior year. It makes it a little harder, being a three-season athlete, but I just try to manage time, and if I don't manage it well, I prioritize.
What are your goals following graduation and how has being a part of this team and institution helped you so far?
I hope to get back into coaching very soon! But I do have a few alternative options, I plan to be certified as a Zumba instructor and group fitness instructor over break; if I did anything where I'm active, I'd be pretty happy.