Sam Renier, Gustavus

Sam Renier, Gustavus

The MIAC Student-Athlete Spotlight is a feature highlighting different student-athletes within the conference each week. This week's spotlight is on Men's Cross Country runner Sam Renier from Gustavus. If you would like to be featured in the Student-Athlete Spotlight contact

Year: Sophomore
Sport(s): Cross-country and Track
Major(s): Biology

What do you like most about competing in the MIAC?
Being competitive in all meets is awesome. There's a wide spread of ability that makes every race a lot of fun for everyone.

What team do you most like competing against in the MIAC and why?
St. Johns and Hamline. Our teams have formed a bit of a bond over the past year and we enjoy the friendly rivalry.

What is the greatest lesson you have learned from being a student-athlete?
Time management definitely comes easier for me than it does for others and I think that's in large due to me being a student-athlete. We learn how to budget our time much quicker in the school year because we're forced to.

How has being a Student-Athlete shaped your collegiate experience?
Being a student-athlete has given me my best friends who I intend to stay connected with for the rest of my life. Without my teammates life would not be nearly as great.

How do you feel your combined academic and athletic college experience will help you as you pursue future endeavors?
Being able to manage the student-athlete lifestyle is a very attractive attribute for employers because they know you're motivated, willing to go the extra mile, and very good at budgeting your time. I plan to use these qualities to my advantage when searching for the next step in my life, post-graduation.

Tell us one thing not many people know about you.
My favorite animal is a cat.

Photo courtesy of Gustavus Sports Information office.