Spotlight Athlete: Noah Quintana - Lake Minneola High School

Lake Minneola senior Noah Quintana had seven races under 17 minutes in 2016, but failed to qualify for the state meet out of 4A Region 1, also known as the Region of Doom. We caught up with Quintana in our Spotlight Athlete feature.

How long have you been running and how did you get started?

I've been running since the 5th grade. 

Do you remember your first real race?

Yes, my first real race was in 6th grade and almost got dead last. 

How was your summer training?

Summer training has been very difficult with lots of longer runs.

What was your 2016 XC season like?

My 2016 XC season was stronger towards districts.

What's a typical training week like?  

A typical training week starts with either speed work out or mile repeats. We do about 7-8 miles a day and squeeze in a 10mile sometime in the week.

What is your favorite workout?

My favorite workout would be 400 repeats.

Which meets will you be running in this year?

I don't know all the meets on top of my head. I know I'll be at the UF meet though!

Do you have a favorite course? What do you think is the toughest course in the state? 

I don't have any favorites, but every course is challenging.

Out of all your running accomplishments so far, which stands out the most?

Running a 4:26 mile stands out the most to me.

What are your goals for the upcoming cross country season?

My goal is to finish senior year with a bang and break 16minutes for the 5K

What do you love most about running?

I love the feeling of beating my past times and running with the best athletes around Florida.

The Low Down

Do you have a favorite quote?

My favorite quote would be "if you're not first you're last." My older brother would tell me that all the time.

Do you have any pre-race rituals or routines?

My pre race ritual is to eat a few eggs and a cliff bar that's really it.

What is your favorite food?

My favorite food is steak.

What was the last movie you saw and what did you think of it?

The last movie I saw was the new Spider Man and it was really good.

What brand of shoes do you train/race in? 

I train in Saucony and race in Nike or New Balance.

What professional athlete would you like to meet the most?

I'd pick Bolt because he's a beast.

Are there any interesting points people may not know about you?

A lot of people don't know I surf when I'm not at practice.

Lastly, if you were stranded on an island with three things what would they be?

If I was stranded on an island I'd bring one of my surfboards, a hammock, and a knife to survive.

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