Salute to Seniors: Riley Simpson

When did you first start running, and do you recall any of your childhood races?
I started running in 8th grade

Was there a certain moment when you realized you'd be able to compete at such a high level?
There was never a certain moment because I was surrounded by so many people that were way more talented than I was and I had to keep a chip on my shoulder to hold against them

What are some bumps in the road that you've encountered when it comes to training for different events during the season?
During sophomore year I had a knee injury over the winter and had no base training for the upcoming track season and the complete loss of my junior track season

How did COVID impact your training as you prepared for the season?
I was very lucky and didn't have any kind of negative impact

Where are you going to college? If you have already committed, what made you choose them?
MSSU,Joplin Mo and what made me choose them is that they have people with the same goals and aspirations as I do when becoming a better athlete

Let's discuss the college searching process. What was that like, and what schools did you look at?
My college search was very different from many because of COVID. The couple of colleges that I did look at were university of Arkansas, university of Kansas, MSSU, University of Huntsville Alabama, and DRURY

Is there another track event you wish you were good at? What is appealing about it?
No not really

What are some hobbies and interests you have outside of running?
I'm am a very avid rocket league player lol

Who is your role model, and why?
Most professional running because of the advice that they give you.

Everyone has a bucket list, so give us some of things on your list!
Bungee jump over the Grand Canyon and be in the passenger seat during a nascar race

What is the best advice you have received?
Don't listen to the phrase "be realistic"

What is your favorite pre-race snack, tradition, etc.?
uncrustable peanut butter and jelly sandwich

If you could do a sport other than XC/Track, what sport would it be, and why?
Soccer , just my favorite sport to watch

Any Final Shout outs?
Don't sleep on the sophomores