At WCI, one of the most underappreciated fall sports is Cross Country (acronym XC). Contrary to popular belief, Cross Country is actually a riveting, highly competitive sport with stellar athletes in association. There have been standouts such as both Maddie and Sevanne Ghazarian, John Fish, and Christine Laurie to just name a few past high school athletes from our region, yet here at WCI, we have one of our own. Scott Arndt is a celebrity both at our school and in the XC community. As a grade 11 student, he’s already achieved so much and has very successful prospective future. By his second year of high school track, out of hundreds of athletes, he’s achieved a provincial title as an OFSAA medalist (not to mention a great track and field athlete as well). For his credentials as a student-athlete, we felt it was time to hear a bit from by conducting a brief interview. These were his questions:
How long have you been a runner?
I’ve been a runner for 5 years (since Grade 6).
How often do you train each week?
I train 6 days a week.
Where do you train?
I have been in and out of clubs (Laurel Creek Track Club, KW Track and Field Club, etc.) but last year Mr. Sabol took an interest in coaching me and it has been working out very well.
How did you start running?
I just started entering in road races and really liked them a lot and so I decided to continue.
What are your greatest achievements? (XC/track and field)
I am the two-time WCSAA champ, CWOSSA champ, and the OFSAA bronze medalist (all XC but track awards are coming).
Biggest challenge (XC/track and field)
Staying healthy is definitely an issue along with injuries. Over-training has been an issue for me. I just work too hard and do too much without giving my body enough rest. Rest is definitely just as important as the actual work part.
Play any other sports?
I used to do a lot of sports but I committed myself to running in grade 10.
Plans to pursue running in the future?
Running my way to a free education! (Well said, Scott).
How do you manage your time and schoolwork?
Honestly, you just can’t waste your time. You must prioritize your time and ask yourself if what you’re doing will get you anything in the end.
Who is your greatest inspiration?
Just looking at most Olympic distance runners. They really inspire me to work hard and give it my all. I’m also really inspired by my fellow WCI teammate, Jordan Aslanidis.
Well, Scott, we wish you the best of luck with your future endeavors. At WCI, we all know that you’re a hard-working, driven student-athlete and that all of your diligent training will pay off. With WCSAA happening this week we hope you can get a third title and continue our streak of being “big in Waterloo.”
As you can see, he’s so fast we can’t even get a camera to focus on him!