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SEATTLE - (Nov. 8) The Seattle University cross country teams will compete in the NCAA West Regional here in Seattle on Friday, Nov. 10. Races begin at 10:30 a.m. PT at Jefferson Park Golf Course. The women's 6k will be the first race with the men's 10k following at 11:30 a.m. PT. The course will start by making a large loop on the outside of the golf course before making a small loop on the interior of the course. The entirety of the race will be ran on grass. Jefferson Park Golf Course is located at 4101 Beacon Ave S, Seattle, WA 98108.

Everyone is encouraged to come out and support the Redhawks. Seattle U Athletics is providing a $5 discount LYFT code from Seattle U to Jefferson Park Golf Course and back. Use the code SUXC17 from the pick-up location at Circle Drive at intersection of 12th and Columbia and at the drop off location directly across the street from the Jefferson Park Golf Course Clubhouse to redeem your code. The code is valid all day Friday, Nov. 10.

In preparation for the race, Seattle University Athletics sat down with senior Abbie Kohmetscher to ask her some questions. In 2016 Kohmetscher was part of the Academic All-Western Athletic Conference team and finished ninth at the Beaver Classic with a 6k. Kohmetscher was a swimmer in high school and had not ran cross country or track and field prior to her junior year at Seattle U when she walked on to the team.  

Where are you from?
I'm originally from St. Louis, Missouri.

What attracted you initially to running?
I was attracted to running after finishing my Junior year swim season. I was looking for something that would continue to push me athletically but could also be a break from the day so I decided to train for a half marathon and once I did that I was hooked.

What is your preferred distance?
I probably prefer a 5k during competition, but if I could pick any distance I'd run a half marathon! It's the perfect distance, you can push yourself hard without tanking.

What is your favorite part of running in Seattle?
Honestly, Seattle is a beautiful city to run in because you can get to so many cool spots! I can run 2 miles and be in the Arboretum. I can run four miles and be on the water front and run through Olympic Sculpture Park or I can go in the opposite direction and within four miles be running along Alki beach.

What is your favorite thing to do in Seattle?
My favorite thing to do in Seattle is find a coffee shop and drink some coffee! I can drink up to four cups a day so I have to pace myself, but I try to also be productive in those coffee shops and get some homework done.

What is your favorite type of music?
The music I listen to switches up pretty frequently but if I had to choose I'd say listening to Jack Johnson every morning is a pretty great way to start the day.

What is your favorite type of food?
I'll eat breakfast foods at any time of the day so I'd say my favorite type of food is anything I can eat for brunch.

Pick one: 100 degrees or 40 degrees
I guess I'd pick 40 degrees because it's just nice to have another excuse to drink a hot cup of coffee.

What is your best memory as a Redhawk?
My best memory as a Redhawk was when I raced at the Beaver Classic in 2016. It was a pretty muddy course and I ended up with a fractured leg, but it was my best 6k time and it was the first time I truly felt like I deserved to be competing as a Redhawk.

What you’re your favorite show growing up?
Probably Drake and Josh it was a hoot and a half.

What is your hidden talent?
I guess I could say my hidden talent is that I knit...

What was the last concert you saw?
I don't go to concerts often but the last show I saw was Beyonce here in Seattle.

Are you a dog or a cat person?
Totally a dog person, I always grew up with two big dogs in the house.

What is your favorite sport to watch?
I love to watch swimming to whenever the summer Olympics rolls around I get super excited.

What is your favorite hobby?
I love reading so I try to end every day reading right before bed.

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