SEATTLE - (Oct. 12) Seattle University Athletics sat down with Junior cross country runner Eli Boudouris to ask him a few questions. Boudouris attended Grant High School in Portland, Ore., before joing the Seattle U. Boudouris led the Redhawks at the Willamette Charles Bowles Invitational with a time of 25:18.4 in the men’s 8k which was good for eighth overall. Boudouris has made the Academic All-Western Athletic Conference in his first two years at Seattle U and made the Second Team All-WAC as a sophomore.

Where are you from?
I was born and raised in Portland, Ore.

What attracted you initially to cross country running?
I have been running track since around 3rd grade, but I was mostly focused on soccer until around freshman year of high school. A few weeks into trying to play soccer and make it to cross country practice my cross country coach went to talk to my soccer coach. My cross country coach said “this kids got potential, he could go somewhere with running,” and my soccer coach said “you can have him”, so I’ve been running ever since.

What is your preferred race length?
For cross country I love the 8k, it’s the perfect combination of having plenty of time to make moves but not too long. However, when it comes to track, anything longer than a 3k is way too many laps.

What is your favorite part of running in Seattle?
Seattle is great for running because for such a big city, there are tons of little trails and parks all over the place to run in. We run a lot of miles on hard surfaces so when we find a good urban trail, we make the most of it.

What is your favorite thing to do in Seattle?
My favorite part about living in Seattle is that there are so many different neighborhoods to visit! I love hopping on a bus up to Ballard or Green lake, or down to Georgetown and just taking it all in.

What is your favorite type of music?
I listen to a lot of alternative, really a mish mash of music that my parents listen to and what my girlfriend listens to, if I’m being honest. From the Talking Heads to Beck to the Glass Animals to Vampire Weekend, it’s all over the place.

What is your favorite type of food?
Since getting to Seattle, I’ve grown very fond of Ethiopian food. It’s the perfect meal for after a hard workout to refuel. It is also very high in iron and protein, which never hurts.

What is your favorite place to visit?
Around here, I really like the Green lake area, definitely somewhere that I would like to live someday.

What is your best memory as a Redhawk?
I’m really split on this one, the first that comes to mind is our home XC meet last year, Emerald City Invitational, when the whole basketball team showed up to our rainiest, coldest meet of the year and seeing them all bundled up trying to think of what to say to us while we were racing was pretty great. There was also the time when I fell into the water pit during a steeplechase last year and my teammates just lost it, I don’t think I’ve ever seen them so proud of me.

What you’re your favorite show growing up?
I was a big Seinfeld fan as a kid, I don’t know how many of the jokes I understood but I still loved it for some reason.

What is your hidden talent?
I can unicycle and juggle.

What was the last concert you saw?
Washed Out over the summer, great show!

Are you a dog or a cat person?
Dogs all the way, I actually want my pet to like me.

What is your favorite sport to watch?
I love watching Ultimate Frisbee, but due to a lack of televised ultimate, football tends to fill that role.

Redhawk runners race for the fourth time in 2017 at the Lewis and Clark State Invitational on Saturday. This event was a last minute change due to wild fires in Northen California. Head Coach Kelly Sullivan released a statement Thursday afternoon:

Because of the horrendous fires in California and concerns of poor air quality warnings, we had to make a quick decision and switch from competing at the Bronco Invitational in Santa Clara to the Lewis and Clark State Inland Empire Championships in Lewiston, Idaho. The well-being of our student-athletes is our first concern, plus Santa Clara University will need to monitor the conditions and could possibly not know if their races will go off till day of which would be a risk we don’t want to take since there is an option nearby. The fires in California are devastating and this adjustment for our team is minor compared to what is happening down there, so I know our men and women’s teams will totally understand and respect the big picture. The meet in Lewiston is traditionally a very good meet with teams from Idaho, WSU, GonzagaEastern Washington and other programs as far away as Canada. We are very fortunate and excited to go there and appreciate Lewis and Clark State head coach Mike Collins to allow us to come last minute like this.