EDITOR’S NOTE: Each week The Volante sports staff will interview a member of the USD athletic community and ask them off-the-wall questions. Enjoy the hilarity.
Ashleigh Giese is a sophomore cross country runner for the University of South Dakota from Marshall, Wis.
So far this season, Giese has placed first in duals against Creighton University and the University of Nebraska-Omaha, in addition to placing third in a dual with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
At the Woody Greeno Nebraska Cross-Country Invitational in Lincoln, Neb., Giese placed 23rd out of 283 runners.
Austin Ashlock: If you were the owner of a factory, what would you manufacture?
Ashleigh Giese: I don’t know. That’s a tough one, next question.
AA: Do you think Elvis is really dead? Or just in hiding?
AG: I think he’s dead.
AA: What was your favorite thing to dress up as on Halloween?
AG: As a kid, more than once, I dressed up as a Dalmatian. My parents were mean.
AA: If someone needed you to describe USD in three words or less, what would you say?
AG: Totally super.
AA: Why do you love running?
AG: I tried a lot of different sports when I was younger and found out that running was my expertise.
AA: What is your least favorite part about running?
AG: Getting injured. I have had a handful of injuries while running, stress reaction, shin splints, and muscle strains, fun stuff like that. There has been a lot.
AA: If you inherited your very own TV station, what kinds of programs would you broadcast?
AG: Old-fashioned TV shows that this generation grew up watching, like old Nickelodeon shows like “Hey Arnold.” Maybe some random shows too, like “Friends.”
AA: What is your favorite part of Dakota Days?
AG: I like how it brings everyone together, as a school and as a community.
AA: Coke or Pepsi?
AA: If you were a superhero, what would your superpower be?
AG: I would want to shoot spaghetti out of my fingertips.
AA: Going into every race, what expectations do you set for yourself?
AG: To push myself not only to what I think I’m capable of, but do better myself in the process.
AA: What is your favorite building at USD?
AG: Probably the MUC. Everyone comes here. You almost always see someone while your there.
AA: How do you prepare for a race? What is your daily work routine like?
AG: We workout as a team on Tuesday, and then have a long run on Wednesdays that is usually seven miles.
AA: If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
AG: Fruit, more specifically strawberries.
AA: What sport do you think is most physically demanding?
AG: I would say hockey, because they are constantly sprinting.
AA: If Facebook started charging their members would you pay?
AG: No way.
AA: Last question, what’s one thing you could do everyday without getting bored of it?
AG: Riding my horse, Jordan.
Reach reporter Austin Ashlock at Austin.Ashlock@usd.edu