Owen Pearce, a freshman general business major, received the Eagle of the Week honor after his winning performance in an 8,000-meter race at the South Central Regional Preview at West Texas A&M University Sat., Oct. 12.
What got you into cross country?
I didn’t play football when I was in middle school so my dad recommended that I try cross country.
How did you end up at Oklahoma Christian?
Both my parents attended Oklahoma Christian, and I’ve grown up coming to the homecomings and events, and eventually got acquainted with Coach Miller and decided to run for Oklahoma Christian. It’s always felt like home.
How does it feel to be the first individual winner for cross country since 2015?
It always feels good to win individually, but I’m also very happy to get the win as a team. I think it gives the team some confidence going into regionals knowing that we can compete with some of the teams that are going to be there and hopefully make it to Nationals.
You were the conference runner of the week; how does it feel to be awarded this in such a tough conference?
The conference is very tough this year and being named Freshman Conference Runner of the Week feels good, but I also know that there is still a lot of work to do before conference. We have conference this weekend in New Mexico and I, as well as the team, are ready to make a good showing there.
What do you think about while running?
Although it is sort of stereotypical that runners love every minute of running, I usually find myself looking at my watch wondering how much longer I have to run until I’m done.
What is your favorite food?
A steak cooked rare.
What is your go-to pre-meet song?
I think listening to pump-up music makes me too serious, and I run better relaxed and just having fun, so “Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It” by Will Smith is usually on the playlist