Sitting Down With the Muskies

XU returns to action this weekend.

XU returns to action this weekend.

Feb. 2, 2010

CINCINNATI- This week’s edition of “Sitting Down With the Muskies” features freshman Emily Staresinic and sophomore Kyle Schenkel. They took time out of their busy schedules to share a bit about themselves with

Emily Staresinic is a freshman from Mason, Ohio. She transferred to Xavier from Dayton and will be eligible to compete come outdoor season.

When and why did you start running?

I started when I was in middle school because my older sister ran in high school. Running is a big part of my family too because my parents did races.



What is your favorite event to run?

The 800-meter run because I don’t have that super fast of foot speed, but I’m not a fan of the longer distances so it’s a good mix.

How has your transition been to Xavier?

Great. I really like team and how close everyone is. We do a lot of things together, which reminds me of how things were in high school. I’ve known Coach Nester for a while and his teaching style reminds me of my high school program. I also knew some of the girls before coming here. I love it so far.

What is your favorite thing to do when you are not practicing?

I like to sleep because it is hard to come by during the season; we are so busy and there seems to be no time in the day.

What are your goals for your collegiate running career?

I have been injured since February/March of last year, so I would like to get back to and better than I was my junior year in high school.

Do you have any pre-race rituals?

I eat pretzels and a bagel with peanut butter and I drink water. I listen to rap music and I don’t talk to anyone close to race time.

What do you think of when you are running?

When I’m running the 800-meters, for example, I have the race mapped out so I know when to pick it up and I focus on that. If there is a specific person that I am trying to beat, I keep within reach.

What has been the best part about being a student-athlete at Xavier?

I like the routine and getting a chance to get to know a lot of people right away.

Favorite TV show?

One Tree Hill

Favorite movie?

How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days

Favorite restaurant?



Kyle Schenkel is a sophomore from Cincinnati. He had a great fall season with the cross country team, running a career-best 5K at the Queen City Invitational and participating in the NCAA Great Lakes Regional competition.

When and why did you start running?

In seventh grade because my dad was a high school coach and he ran in high school and college. I wanted to try it and ended up liking it.

What is your favorite event to run?

The 5K because I don’t have a ton of speed, and do better on the longer races. It’s an endurance race.

Do you have any pre race rituals?

I eat something early and do drills, listen to music and say a prayer with the team.

How is the team atmosphere?

It is just like my high school because we are all so close, it’s like a family.

What has been your favorite memory?

The trip to Hawaii my freshman year. We are all about business when we travel to competitions, but when we do a fun trip like that we stay a couple extra days and have some fun.

What has been your favorite class at Xavier?

History of American Sport with Dr. Olberding.

Do you have any goals for your collegiate career?

I want to continue to improve and to hit a 15:25 in the outdoor 5K.

What have you learned from the older runners?

The workouts are a lot harder and the older guys lead the workouts and are encouraging and never put you down. I want to learn from them because I’m going to have to be a leader soon.

What is the best thing about being a student-athlete at Xavier?

Besides registering for classes first, I would say all of the help we can get in terms of tutors and the people from other sports you become friends with.

Favorite TV show?

Jersey Shore

Favorite band?

Bring Me the Horizon.


The Musketeers are back in action this weekend in the New Balance Collegiate Invite. Stay tuned to for more information.