Anderson (center with yellow tights) and teammate Kai (left with red shirt) racing at NXN
Where are you and North Central at in your training as the post-season is underway?
What did this past summer and fall training look like in preparation for your State meet?
How has training been different for you this fall without having Kai Wilmont (last year’s NXN Champ)?
As you look back on last fall you were the Washington State Champ and NXN Northwest Champ in two highly competitive meets. Yet at NXN your teammate Kai wins and at Footlockers fellow Washington runner John Dressel almost gets the win with his 2nd place performance. Despite getting 3rd at NXN, knowing how well you did at States and your NXN Regional, was there any frustration not doing as well at Nationals as those other guys you beat?
Bob Firman was your first major test of the XC season racing against two other US top 10 ranked runners in Connor Mantz and Elijah Armstrong. How did Mantz get the best of you and leave you for a 2nd place finish?
What performance were you most proud of this season?
Anderson taking the win in 14:33 at the Richland Invite this fall
Evaluate your performance last weekend against John Dressel in the District meet. How did the race pan out?
What’s your mindset as you approach the post-season?
What’s the goal for the state meet both individually and as a team?
North Central has not been doing as well as some thought, why is that the case? Are you guys worried? What can we expect from North Central the rest of this season?
Do you feel like you are in the best shape of your life? Why or why not?
I feel that I am in the best shape of my life. Running last year at Richland felt hard, [but] running 14:36 and improving that time by so much makes me think I'm in really good shape.
You are the top returner from NXN, do you feel like that increases pressure and puts a target on your back?
What is your plan for regionals and nationals? Are you shooting to go back to NXN as a team or is there a different plan?
What roll has Kai Wilmont played in your life as a runner and a person? How does he motivate you being a national champion?
Anderson beating Dressel at the line in the Washington State Meet 3200m last spring
Talk about the dynamic of having another one of the nation's best in your state in John Dressel. And in years past, Joe Hardy and Kai Wilmont. How has that impacted your in-state racing?
Always having the nation's best in the [Washington] 3A classification has made our state meet one of the best. It's impacted me in such a way to race better so I can see how I compare to some of the best.
Share with us your feelings last spring at Arcadia after you broke 9:00 in the 2 mile for the first time but got 19th and maybe didn't do as well as you wanted.
The race there has always been the race to go to if you want to break 9:00. I was ready and fit at that point, but I ran in lane 3 almost the whole way. The race is too big for everyone to run well. That's why I'll be racing at Oregon Relays to race Matthew Matton instead of Arcadia.
You are a tremendous XC runner, a and a guy, what kind of runner do you fancy yourself as?
When you graduate and look back on your high school running career what do you want to say you have accomplished? Time goals? National accolades?
How has the college decision process been going? What schools are you looking at? Are you hoping to make a decision by a certain date?
Describe your most memorable/funny/shocking/scary training run.
Describe some of your favorite things to do, not involving running.
Describe the perfect post-race meal in detail.