Runner of the Month
Each month, this website will interview a local runner.  This runner
may not necessarily set records, but instead shows a desire and
dedication for the sport.
Here Michelle, along with Ryan Sailer, accept their
medals for the Making Tracks Relay.
Michelle waits anxiously to run her leg of
the Making Tracks for a Track 4 Mile
Personal Status:

Senior at Edgerton Hgh School

What is your favorite race?

My favorite race is the Van Wert Invitational, because I always received my best time

What is your personal record?

My personal record for a 5K is 22:05.

What is your favorite type of run?

I enjoy running mile repeats because it seemed like I had gotten faster teh next races.

What is the toughest race you have participated in?

My junior year we ran in Edgerton and the night before it had flooded.  Running
through swamp land was very difficult.

What is your least favorite type of run?

I hate sprinting because I always get beat.  I am just not fast enough.

What are your goals for the future?

My goals are to attend college hopefully at OSU and to become a middle school
teacher and also a high school cross country coach.

What is your favorite shoe?

I absolutely love Adidas shoes.

What is your longest run?

It's called the "Michigan", where run a mile on the track and then a mile on the road
in town, back to the track and run an 800 back to the road 1 mile, track 800, road
mile, track sprint 400 and then you are done.

What is the best thing about running?

The best thing about running is the feeling of accomplishment when you finish the

What is the worst thing about running?

The worst thing about running is the physical and mental pain.

Embarrassing moment while running?  

When I was a freshman and one of the senior guys pulled by pants down while we
were running.  Also, the first time coach mentioned the Michigan run, I said "we run
to Michigan and back" and everyone started laughing.

What is something you have learned over time?

I have learned cross country takes time, pain, and hard work.  You need all of these
to be good.

What is some advice you would give to a starting runner?

I would say to them just to do their best and never give up, because you will never
get anything back from running if you give up.

Thank you Michelle for taking the time to answer my questions and serving as a
great example for others.
Michelle Stauffer
October 2004
February:    Brock Rhodes
March:        Tina Beattie
April:            Bill Mack
May:            Kevin and Elizabeth
June:           Nic Alvarez
July:             Jay Prichard
August:        Karen Miller
September:  Gary Seibert
Past runners of the month:
January:      Josh Neilson