Editor's Note: Throughout the 2011-12 school year, we will sit down with a Spider cross country runner each week and have them answer a set of 20 questions about their lives both on and off the course. This week we interview sophomore Amanda Lineberry, who concluded her sophomore campaign as the Spiders' fourth finisher at the NCAA Southeast Regional Championship in Louisville on Nov. 12.
RichmondSpiders.com (RS): What sets Richmond XC/Track & Field apart from other programs?
Amanda Lineberry (AL): Our programs stand out because we have the ability to simultaneously foster success in both athletics and academics.
RS: What has been your most memorable moment while competing as a Spider?
AL: Besides the obvious men's and women's conference championships in cross country last year, I would have to say running the 1000m at the New Balance Games in NYC. Not only was it a PR in my favorite race on my favorite track, but it was a really fun trip and the first time I felt competitive at the collegiate level.
RS: Of all your teammates, past and present, from whom have you learned the most and why?
AL: Meghan Hart teaches me every day how to be dedicated and disciplined. She is a very supportive and fun teammate and friend.
RS: Which of the three running seasons is your favorite and why?
AL: Indoor track is by far my favorite season. I love the 1000m, which you can only run in Indoor, and the close, competitive atmosphere of an indoor 200m track.
RS: What have you learned from running that you can apply to other aspects of your life?
AL: To be great in anything, you have to be dedicated and goal-oriented.
RS: What is the greatest piece of advice you've ever received in the sport?
AL: Believe, believe, believe.
RS: What is the strangest thing you've ever experienced or seen happen during a race?
AL: During the Oktoberfest race in ninth grade at Great Meadows, it had rained so much that part of the course was flooded and we essentially had to run through a river up to our knees.
RS: If you could go on a run with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be? Why?
AL: My dad's a quadriplegic, but he used to run five miles every morning before he went to school. I would love to be able to go on one of those runs with him.
RS: Will you please finish this sentence? If I stopped running, I would be...
AL: ...quite large.
RS: If your teammates gave you a superlative, what would it be?
AL: Well, the team gave me this superlative last year, but I think it still holds: "Best Couple that Never Was" with Tim Quinn
RS: Who has had the most profound impact on you both personally and athletically?
AL: Personally, my mom has been more supportive and enlightening than I could ever ask for. Athletically, my teammates both in high school and here make the sport worth sacrificing for.
RS: What is your major and dream job?
AL: My majors are American Studies and Political Science. My dream job would be a Supreme Court justice or best-selling author.
RS: If you could create a new class on campus, what would it be called?
AL: How to Get into Law School
RS: Where is your favorite spot on campus? Why?
AL: My apartment because that's where all the cool people are
RS: As a distance runner, you can obviously afford to have a couple culinary guilty pleasures. Anything immediately come to mind as your favorite?
AL: My mom makes a mean peach cobbler.
RS: What is your favorite sports team? Favorite athlete?
AL: Green Bay Packers (runs in the family, no bandwagon here) and Lolo Jones
RS: If you were stranded on a deserted island, what one person and thing would you like to have with you?
AL: I would have to pick my triplet brothers (I could never pick one) and a deck of cards.
RS: If you could have the perfect meal prepared for you, what would it be?
AL: My mom's chicken pot pie, baked apples and peach cobbler
RS: What's on your Christmas list this year?
AL: Rock-climbing shoes and family time.
RS: What's something about you that most people don't know?
AL: I am an officially certified lifeguard, belayer and dog walker.