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DURHAM, N.C. - The Duke women's cross country team is ranked tenth nationally after a second place finish at the ACC Championships last weekend.  Recently, GoDuke.com sat down with senior harrier Sophia Ziemian to learn more about the Lewisburg, Pa., native.   

GoDuke.com:  What has been your proudest moment at Duke?
Sophia Ziemian
: I think my freshman year when our team finished eighth at nationals.  It was really exciting for our team and for myself personally because coming out of high school I never really expected to be racing at nationals my freshman year. It was very exciting.

GoDuke.com: What do you think the most misunderstood thing about cross country is?
SZ: I think people don't really understand what we do, they are like 'so you just run all the time?' I don't think people really understand how we train, how each day is really different like different types of workouts. I think a lot of people looking in just think we go for the same run every day.

GoDuke.com: What is your favorite spot on campus?
SZ: I really like running in the Duke forest and I really enjoy studying in the K center.

GoDuke.com: Any words of wisdom to pass on to freshman or future Blue Devils?
SZ:
Enjoy all of the opportunities that you have, and make sure you have fun. Enjoy your sport.

GoDuke.com: How did you get started in cross country?
SZ:
I started in ninth grade to get in shape for basketball. I was really into basketball then, and I ended up being a lot better at running than I was at basketball.

GoDuke.com: As a kid, did you know what you wanted to be when you grew up?
SZ:
I think as a kid I wanted to be a basketball player, but now I am in biomedical engineering so I am interested in getting a masters or further graduate school, but probably doing some sort of research or teaching in that area.

GoDuke.com: If you could pick anyone, who would you choose to be your mentor?
SZ:
I think my parents have been great mentors to me up to this point, so I don't know if I would pick anyone else.

GoDuke.com: If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do?
SZ:
Give the money to my family, or find a charity that I could give some of the money to. I don't really feel like I need a lot of money personally.

GoDuke.com: What is your favorite late night snack?
SZ:
Probably some type of fruit, maybe strawberries.

GoDuke.com: Do you have any hidden talents?
SZ:
I played in the marching band in high school. I played the trumpet, but I also played the piano and I guess a lot of people probably don't know that.

GoDuke.com: What is one possession you cannot live without?
SZ:
Probably my running shoes

GoDuke.com: What has been your favorite class at Duke?
SZ:
Last spring I took a biomechanics class which I really liked, and I also took an anatomy of the lower extremities class, which is a cadaver lab for the lower extremities which was really fun, so probably those two.

GoDuke.com: What is one chore you absolutely hate doing?
SZ:
Probably vacuuming.


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