Jonna Bart is a sophomore accounting and mathematics major and runner on the cross country team from Aurora, Neb.
Austin Lammers: What do you think about while you run? Or do you just zone out?
Jonna Bart: I guess it really depends on what type of run I’m doing. During easy runs, I typically have conversations with my teammates. During workouts, I think about hitting times and making sure I am on pace. During races it’s more of a zone out or just focus on the person in front of you.
AL: Would you rather compete in blistering heat or sub-freezing weather?
JB: I would rather compete in sub-freezing weather. You can always put on more layers. Especially as a distance runner, we definitely warm up as the race goes on so I find it easier to race in cold temperatures.
AL: What made you a numbers person?
JB: I would say my parents kind of made me a numbers person. My mom is a high school math teacher so I was exposed to math at a pretty early age.
AL: What’s your dream job?
JB: I think my dream job would be an accountant for Lululemon. I’d get to be an accountant but also work behind the scenes for one of my favorite stores.
AL: What was it like running Steeplechase in the dark at first-rounds?
JB: It was an amazing experience. I went in not predicted to place high, so there was virtually no pressure for me. Toeing the line in the dark was kind of fun. I remember looking over to Fitz and him saying “just give it your all kiddo”. I was the most relaxed and comfortable during a race than I ever had been before. Finishing and looking at the clock to see that I had PR’d (personal record) by almost 15 seconds was super exciting.