The Campanile: Who are you and what’s your position on the cross country team?

Naveen Pai: I’m Naveen, and I’m a senior varsity runner.

TC: Alright Naveen, what’s your favorite part about cross country?

NP: My sweet legs.

TC: What about your legs?

NP: They’re very toned and defined, I would say.

TC: And do these toned legs help propel you to victory?

NP: Always.

TC: Ok, as a Varsity runner, what hopes do you have for yourself and the team this season?

NP: Hopefully we’ll be able to win CCS and place top ten in states.

TC: What part will you miss the most about running for Paly’s cross country team over the past four years?

NP: The baby dino.

TC: Tell us more about what the baby dinosaur is like.

NP: He’s kind of a mysterious character, and boyishly good-looking. That’s really all you can say about him; even I don’t know him that well.

TC: Ok, so we know how much you love cross-country, but can you give us your opinion on the boys lacrosse team?

*TRIGGER WARNING*

NP: We have a lacrosse team? Lacrosse is a sport? That’s strange.

TC: I’m just going to move on. If you had to pick one teammate to go into a zombie apocalypse with, who would you choose and why?

NP: Probably Kai Oda, because he has those super toned muscles, and he could just carry me through it.

TC: I would leave you there.

NP: *awkward silence*

TC: Do you see any difference in the crossover between the girls and boys cross country team with the new slogan, “one team,” introduced this year?

NP: Yes, I think our new mentality as a unified team has definitely helped our team chemistry.

TC: In what ways?

NP: For example, at our pasta feeds you can make connections by talking with other teammates you may not have known very well before, which helps build a connection in the team overall.

TC: Do you plan to run cross country after high school? If so, where and why?

NP: I’m actually training for an undercover CIA mission in Ethiopia, so that’s probably where my running career will continue.

TC:  In Ethiopia, do you anticipate… I should actually stop it there. Um, do you have a spirit animal that motivates you to run?

NP: Once again, I would have to say the baby dino. He’s just so fierce, competitive and hungry.

TC: What do you think is the most important element to focus on for those trying to get better at running and why?

NP: I would just say staying committed and trying to get longer runs in to build a pace.

TC: How do you feel about the new coaches, Michael Davidson and Michael Granville? How have they changed cross country so far this year?

NP: They work us really hard and I can tell they have a plan for us. I think we have a promising future with them.

TC: Are there any things they’ve done differently?

NP: Yeah, we’re focusing more on longer workouts in the beginning, and are focusing a lot more on core, which is painful.

TC: How many abs do you have, Naveen?

NP: I lost count.

TC: Lastly, how do you stay focused during the season?

NP: I get really inspired by my cat, Rascal. He’s really dedicated and always reminds me to stay strong and keep pushing. He’s been a real source of motivation for me. In fact, I’m gonna end this interview because I want to go home to my cat right now.

About The Author

Former Senior Staff Writer

Kai Oda has been writing for The Campanile since the second semester of his sophomore year. He competes for Palo Alto High School’s cross country and track team and is also a recreational surfer, fisherman, photographer and snowboarder. When not editing or running Kai can be found watching unhealthy amounts of the “The Walking Dead” or “Arrow.” He aims to strengthen The Campanile this year as Editor-in-Chief.

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