Running Is A Natural High For Wold
Oct. 25, 2007
By: MJ Henshaw / USU Athletic Media Relations
LOGAN, Utah - When Utah State runner Seth Wold was a freshman, he was always looking up to his award-winning teammates, but now as a junior he is the one receiving all the awards.
"My first year here I ran with two locals, Clark Bryner and Trevor Ball, who were great runners," said Wold, a native of Highland, Utah (Lone Peak HS). "They were the ones getting all the awards when I was a freshman. Now to be in their shoes is an honor."
Wold began his collegiate career at the University of Utah, but after only one season with the Utes, both the men's cross country and track teams were cut from the school. Utah State quickly picked up Wold and some of his teammates, which eventually led to the Aggies' first-ever Western Athletic Conference title in cross country.
"We all came up here together and now a dynasty is being built," says Wold.
The choice to become an Aggie has worked out great says Wold, who is majoring in math and statistics composition education. Already in his cross country career at Utah State, he has been named the WAC Freshman of the Year in 2005, named first-team all-WAC in 2005 and 2006 and WAC athlete of the week twice this fall.
"Being named Freshman of the Year was pretty exciting," says Wold of his award. "The one that I'm most proud of is the athlete of the week for the WAC and hopefully Athlete of the Year this year."
In 2005, Wold married his childhood friend, Meagan, who was also a runner at the University of Utah and Utah State. She has since graduated but still helps Wold stay in top condition.
"She keeps me going to bed early and taking care of the little things that make a big difference. Nutrition, sleep, ice bathing, massages, she keeps me on a good regimen," says Wold.
Wold chose to start running competitively his sophomore year of high school when his mother wouldn't let him play football. He kept winning which led him to fall in love with the sport and even dreams of running professionally one day.
"It just makes you feel great all the time. Yesterday one of the guys joked, `it's just free drugs!' Plus it doesn't have any side effects," Wold says. "Just being healthy is the best part of running."
Wold is getting ready for the WAC Championships, which will take place Saturday in Logan. The Aggie men's team has won the race the past two years and is favored to win again this year. With two wins under their belt, Wold says it gives his team confidence to win again.
"We know how to race in championships and so everybody is pretty confident that we can win," says Wold. "However, in order for us to win we need our five, six and seven guys to move it up. We need them all to race well because you need five guys to place solidly."
Even after all the races he has ran, Wold admits he still gets nervous before each race.
"I am nervous individually (for the championships). Trying to win the race is a little bit harder," says Wold. "I need to be stronger than two other guys. I think I have everybody else in the conference beat. But those two others, it's going to be a dogfight."
The WAC Championships will take place Saturday, October 27, at the American West Heritage Center. The men's 8k race will begin at 9 a.m. and the women's 5k race will begin at 9:45 a.m. Admission is free.