Folsom Athlete of the Week: Eric AndersonBy: Matt Long, Sports Editor
Folsom High’s Eric Anderson did not run cross country as a freshman, but he’s already showing signs of a promising season as a sophomore.
In his first two races, Anderson has posted top-20 finishes. At the Oakmont Invitational held at Maidu Park in the sophomore 4,000-meter race, Anderson placed fourth overall in 13 minutes, 6.06 seconds. The following week running at the varsity level at the Sierra Invitational at Sierra College, Anderson finished the three-mile race in 19th-place in 18:08.03.
“Coming off a track season where Eric ran a 4:52 1,600 meters and a 10:46 3,200, Eric worked hard over the summer, and has opened the season with strong showings,” Folsom coach Steve Kinoshita said. “Eric exhibits a strong work ethic and patient strategy, which will serve him well during his prep career. Most importantly, he is very humble, coachable, and a great ambassador for our program.”
Folsom Telegraph: What are your hopes/plans for after graduation?
Eric Anderson: Go to a four-year college and maybe major in engineering.
FT: Do sports run in your family?
EA: Yes, running runs in my family.
FT: How long have you been running and how did you get your start in it?
EA: I have been running since sixth grade, and my family got me started in it.
FT: What do you like about cross country?
EA: Running long distances.
FT: You did not run cross country as a freshman? What made you decide to run this year as a sophomore?
EA: Before my freshman year, I broke my arm and then hurt my Achilles tendon so I couldn't run XC. I ran track as a freshman.
FT: Some people say running is a stress reliever. Others say running is a good time to think about things. What does running do for you?
EA: For me running can be both a stress reliever and a good time to think.
FT: Coach Kinoshita said you had a strong summer of training. Tell us what you did and about the work you put in. Do you know how many miles you ran?
EA: In June, I ran about four days a week and did summer PE. In July, I ran five to six days a week.
FT: What are your goals for the upcoming season?
EA: Do well in the upcoming races.
FT: Have you ever been involved in any other sports?
EA: Yes, soccer and basketball
FT: What is your favorite class in school?
EA: Jazz band and pre-calculus.
FT: Favorite music?
EA: Rock and some rap.
FT: Favorite Food?
FT: Do you have any pets? Tell us about them.
EA: Yes, I have two cats. They are small and friendly.
FT: Do you have any hobbies? What do you like to do in your free time?
EA: I play music, hang out with friends, and play computer games.
FT: What inspires you in sports?
EA: Friends and family inspire me to do sports.
FT: Is there a particular job or profession you’d like to have after college?
EA: I haven't thought about it yet, but possibly engineering.