Men's Cross Country

    Setting the Pace with Freshman Andy Bayer

    Go Hoosiers! Freshman Andy Bayer
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    Freshman Andy Bayer
    Go Hoosiers!

    Sept. 3, 2008

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - will take a look at this year's newcomers on the Indiana men's cross country team. First up is freshman Andy Bayer.

    A native of Leo, Ind., Bayer owns school records in the 1,600 (4:12), 3,200 (9:02) and in the 5K (15:44). He also set records in the 3,200-meters at the regional (9:07) and sectional (9:11) meets. Bayer was an all-state honoree after placing sixth in the cross country state meet in 2007, while also earning 3A-4A Runner of the Year. Bayer was a state qualifier in the 3,200-meters in 2007 before winning the 3,200 state title in 2008. He was also the sectional champion and record holder as a senior and a regional champion and record holder. Bayer was an eight-time letterwinner at Leo and also earned two varsity letters in wrestling.

    Setting the Pace with Andy Bayer

    1. If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
    There are a lot of places that I think would be cool to visit! A rainforest sounds pretty neat, maybe the Amazon? Also I would like to go to Europe!

    2. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
    Hopefully, I will either be involved in a gnarly career or running professionally.

    3. Who has been the biggest influence in your life and why?
    Probably my family because they have always been there for me to encourage and give me support.

    4. What is your favorite childhood memory?
    Going on family vacations with all of my relatives.

    5. Something that many people don't know about you is:
    I used to be a wrestler. Some of my teammates were very surprised to hear it. I don't know why with my large muscles and big frame.

    6. The teammate I most admire is who, and why?
    I don't pick favorites, I admire them all. But I would say I admire that Brennon (Plotner) usually runs faster uphill than on flat ground.



    7. Name one thing that you wish you were better at?
    Time management and not procrastinating.

    8. What makes Indiana special from any other program?
    The coaching is amazing. And the trainers are really great. Also the team is closer than any other team I have been on.

    9. What do you like best about Coach Helmer?
    How knowledgeable he is about the sport and his attention to detail; he has us do the small things that really help a lot.

    10. What are your goals for this year?
    To run really well and try to make a difference for the team!

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