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Will Leister Senior Profile
Sunday 10/27/2011  -  Duke Sports Information
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DURHAM, N.C.- After a two week break, the Duke cross country teams are set for the ACC Championships on Saturday, October 29th, in Clemson, S.C.. GoDuke.com recently sat down with men's team member, Will Leister, to learn more about the Upper Arlington, Ohio native.

GoDuke.com: What do you have DVR'd?
Will Leister: My favorite TV show is "Suits". I don't actually have DVR, but I watch it online. I want to be a lawyer and it's about a big law firm.

GoDuke.com: Do you have any embarrassing music on your iPod?
WL: Definitely Avril Lavigne, although I wouldn't really say I'm embarrassed. I'm pretty proud.

GoDuke.com: What is your favorite movie?
WL: "Boondock Saints".

GoDuke.com: What is on your bucket list?
WL: Becoming a lawyer and getting to see every continent.

GoDuke.com: What is your favorite home-cooked meal?
WL: I'm a pretty traditional eater. I'm a steak and potatoes kind of guy.

GoDuke.com: Can you cook? If so, what are you good at making?
WL: I have started cooking this year since I moved off-campus - mostly pretty basic stuff. Meat, potatoes, salads, noodles. I think the best meal I've made so far was a pork chop that I didn't really do anything special to and it somehow came out really juicy and flavorful. 

GoDuke.com: What is your worst habit?
WL: My mom would say cracking my knuckles.

GoDuke.com: What was your first car?
WL: A Ford F-150 pickup truck.

GoDuke.com: I wish I knew how to ______.
WL: Play the guitar.  

GoDuke.com: Who would you trade places with for a day?
WL: Mike Ross from "Suits." He's the young associate who is very, very bright and successful, but sort of relaxed at the same time. 

GoDuke.com: Who would you want to play you in a movie?
WL: I think I would want to play myself. I'm not a very good actor, but I'm not sure I could let the role go.  

GoDuke.com: What is your favorite restaurant in Durham?
WL: I've got to go with Bullock's. I love North Carolina barbecue.

GoDuke.com: What has been your favorite class at Duke?
WL: My favorite class at Duke is a class I took last semester called Economics of Education, which was taught by Erika Martinez, a grad student.

GoDuke.com: Do you have any superstitions or pre-race rituals?
WL: Not really. I try to stay pretty relaxed. I feel like if you have superstitions or rituals then the day you don't do it right or you can't do it for some reason, then you're nervous and worried something's going to go wrong. I just try to do whatever feels good on the day.

GoDuke.com: What is the biggest obstacle you've had to overcome athletically?
WL: Injury. It's really hard to train on a high level and stay healthy. And you don't manage to stay healthy, and then your racing season gets interrupted. You just can't do your best if you're injured all the time.

GoDuke.com: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
WL: Definitely married, practicing law - hopefully in the Columbus [Ohio] area. 

GoDuke.com: Who has had the most impact on your life?
WL: That's probably a toss-up between my parents - obviously I wouldn't be here if it weren't for them, they've been very supportive over the years - and my fiancée, Hannah, who is always good inspiration and motivation.

GoDuke.com: Describe Coach Ogilvie in one word.
WL: Entertaining.


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