Athlete Profile: ReBecca Sorenson

Name:  ReBecca Sorenson
Sport:  Track and Field
Hometown:  Cloquet, Minn.
Major: Cell biology and neuroscience, biochemistry minor
Year in School:  Senior
How long involved in Track and Field:  11 years

What events do you compete in and what do they entail?
I am a cross-country runner, I do distance races: steeple chase, 3k, 5k, 10k and mile.  The steeple chase is 3000-meters with 35 hurdles and a water pit to jump over.

Why did you begin competing in Track and Field?
I wasn’t good at anything else, although I did play basketball as well.

Why did you come to MSU?
I had never seen mountains before, research is huge here and I was able to continue running, which I love to do.
What is your favorite thing about Track and Field and why?
My teammates are pretty crazy. We like being weird in the locker room and I enjoy celebrating their successes more than my own.

What is your motivation before a competition?
The distance girls listen to pump-up songs.  I also meditate — I know it will hurt, but I can deal with the pain.

Do you plan to continue competing in Track after graduation?
I plan on running ultra marathons, which are 50 miles long.

What do you think is the key to your success as a student-athlete?
I am a list-maker and I can deal with stress.  My teammates also lift me up all the time.

Do you have any awards or achievements you have received while involved in Track and Field?
I received a medal on Saturday, Feb. 25 for finishing third at the Big Sky Conference Indoor Track Championships.  I have been a Big Sky Conference All-Academic athlete every season since I’ve been here, and I’ve been Teammate of the Week.

Do you have an inspirational person or quote?
“Do it to it.”
“Pain is inevitable — suffering is optional.”

Do you have any other hobbies/activities/interests?
I like crossword puzzles. I read a lot, play the mandolin, hang out with friends and teammates and volunteer.

What was your favorite class at MSU and why?
Developmental biology. I like Dr. Merzdorf and the subject was awesome.

Is there anything else you would like to tell students/readers about MSU Track and Field?
Come cheer us on. We’ve got some crazy amazing athletes and we need a larger fan base. The events are free.