In the spotlight this week is student-athlete Tate Ogburn, a senior runner for the Tigers' cross-country and track teams
Auburn Villager: When did you get into running cross-country?
Tate Ogburn: My dad and my brother both ran cross-country and track in high school, and so I felt, not really obligated to, but I thought I should try it out and see if I liked it, and I've been doing it ever since.
AV: Do you have any runners who were role models for you? I guess my biggest would probably be my brother because I went to every race he would run. That's kind of how I fell in love with the sport. But professionally, I'm a big fan of Matthew Centrowitz. He's a miler.
AV: What do you like most about cross-country?
TO: Probably just the team-bonding part. I've gained most of my friends through it. But also I'm really competitive, and that really comes out during the races.
AV: What's the biggest challenge running long distance?
TO: It's definitely mental for the most part. It's like tricking your mind into thinking you can run faster than what you feel like you can, and even though your body hurts a ton you can still run faster than what you think.
AV: What do you do to prepare to run those distances?
TO: Obviously, you have to eat healthy, especially building up to the days when you run. Just staying healthy, not doing anything dumb.
AV: What events do you compete in for track?
TO: I run the mile and the 800 and I'm on the 4 by 800 (relay team).
AV: How is the season going so far?
TO: For cross-country right now, it's going OK. I wish it was a little better, individually. But as a team, we've grown a lot, and I feel like we've got a lot of potential.
AV: As a senior, do you know what you want to do after you graduate?
TO: Yes. I'm going to Auburn. I'm hoping to study professional flight at the airport. I don't plan on running in college, but who knows.
AV: What drew you toward wanting to be a pilot?
TO: Again, it kind of runs in my family. My granddad was a pilot and my great-granddad was a pilot. My dad was always interested in aviation. I guess that kind of rubbed off on me.
AV: Have you gotten up in the plane and been in the cockpit?
TO: I have. I went to the airport a few weeks ago, and one of the grad students took me up. And it was quite the experience.
AV: Do you have any other hobbies besides sports?
TO: I actually don't have any hobbies. Really, just hanging with friends any chance I get, and I like to go to the football games and everything.
Interview by Brian Woodham