Prep Pulse: Mitchell Hopf


A Q&A with Heritage Hills senior cross country runner Mitchell Hopf.

Best thing about the school year: Being around a great group of friends and teachers every day.

Who on your team cracks you up and why: Lucas Washington. He has a very dry sense of humor but something about it just really gets me laughing daily.

Complete the sentence: I could binge watch The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air for hours on end.

What teacher has had the greatest impact on your life, and why: Coach Denning without question, especially since he's had a double impact as a math teacher and my coach. He's a great motivator and makes sure that I'm putting in my best every day.

What’s the best emoji: Definitely the fire emoji - it represents what I bring to the course or the track every time out.

Favorite type of donut: Glazed.

One thing you do that puts you in your coach’s doghouse: Opening big races too fast. Sometimes the adrenaline rush just causes it to happen.

People would be surprised to know what about you: I'm a terrible swimmer - most people expect me to be a decent swimmer given my lung capacity from running, but that's not the case.

Piece of advice you’ve gotten that has stuck with you: My coaches have often told me to focus on myself — time and time again I think that I've focused on other aspects of a race or life that have prevented me from being the best athlete or person I could be on a particular day. When you start to let outside influences flood your mind, it makes it a lot easier to overthink the task at hand and forget what your real goal is.

Who do you consider to be your heroes: Michael Jordan, marathoner Eliud Kipchoge, and President Abraham Lincoln.

Physical feature that makes you unique: I'm very lean — not having a lot of weight to carry makes it easier to run fast.

Oddest piece of trivia that you know: The shoe worn by Forrest Gump on his long run was the Nike Cortez, one of Nike's first running shoes.

I hate to admit it, but my parents are right about: Telling me I should spend less money on running gear.

Complete the sentence: I’m going on a road trip, and I’m going to Flagstaff, Arizona and I’m taking these people along for the ride: I'd have to take Will Smith, President Donald Trump, and Eliud Kipchoge along with a few of my best friends for an interesting trip!

No matter what, a good long run can always cheer me up.

I spend far too much money on: Running shoes and gear. I typically have two to three pairs to rotate at all times.

You scream at the TV when: There's an intense NBA game between my Oklahoma City Thunder and the Golden State Warriors.

Something you really wish you knew how to do: Pole vault — it looks like a lot of fun but I'm far too clumsy and uncoordinated to try it.

What are some things on your bucket list: Compete in a track meet at Oregon's legendary Hayward Field, visit Rome and Egypt, run the Boston and Berlin Marathons, and run for some form of political office.

Best concert you’ve attended: I've actually never attended a concert.

Who’s the smartest person on your team: Elliott Buechlein.

If you cut the cord but could keep three stations, what would they be: Fox News, History Channel, and ESPN.

Best athlete from another school you’ve faced: Matthew Schadler (Evansville Memorial).

Song in your music collection that’s played the most: "Power" by Kanye West.

Business you’d like to add to your hometown: Chick-Fil-A, without question.

Favorite former athlete from your school: 1988 Olympian and NCAA Champion Terry Brahm.

Strawberry jelly or grape jelly: Grape is far superior.

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