RC Athlete Wolanin Finds Friendship Through Track

by Brendan Adams
Shield Staff

Q&A with Rochester College Student Athlete Miranda Wolanin


Wolanin is a junior nursing major with a minor in psychology. She is from Sterling Heights, Michigan,  and runs cross country and track for Rochester College.

Q: Being a student athlete can be demanding on your time. How do you manage your time?

A: "I am obsessed with my planner! I'm quite forgetful and always use the 'Reminders' on my iPhone. It’s my best friend when it comes to remembering anything important. I always end up staying up too late or waking up too early before big tests to study because of lack of time between work, school and sports. I try to have two days a week not working to focus solely on my studies."

Q: Do you ever get nervous before competing?

A: "I'm always full of nerves. I have the bad habit of biting my nails... which are always destroyed the day before a meet. Yet, before a meet I trust in my coach, I trust in my pre-race meal preparation, I trust in my team, and I trust in myself. When that gun goes off at the start of the race, I am ready to give it my all."

Q: How’s the team chemistry?

A: "We have SO MUCH team chemistry. They're all my best friends and I look forward to waking up each morning to their beautiful faces! I'm so thankful to have met them here at RC. I can't wait for us to be old ladies, still enjoying a good 10-mile trail run together!"

Q: Do you have any pre-game or post-game traditions?

A: "My pre-race tradition is PASTA, PASTA, PASTA. I don't feel ready for my meet, unless I fill my face with pasta the day prior. Post-races, we have team dinners where we all fill up, laugh and have a great time!"

Q: When did you start running?

A: "I started track in 7th grade, got three stress fractures and pulled my hip flexor my 9th grade year, so I started truly running the summer before my 10th grade year."

Q: Have you overcome any adversity?

A: "We all clicked very well. Runners are generally so genuine, kind, and supportive. You could be puking at the end of a race, and the first people to come to save you are your competition because they're the closest to you, finishing with you. When you cross that finish line, the first people you're congratulating are those people that were running right alongside you as competition. It's so heart warming, and I love being a part of such a beautiful sport."

Q: What was the most challenging aspect of your sport you had to learn?

A: "The most challenging thing I learned from this sport is that you're not always going to medal. In high school, there was rarely a meet I didn't medal in. In community college, I earned All-American at nationals. Yet, we went to plenty races with Big-10 schools that I didn't medal at.. The biggest thing is to remember that I'm racing against my personal records, with all the love and support of my teammates."

Q: What do you learn from winning and losing?

A: "I think that you learn from both. You could have the run of your life and your team do poorly and you win individually and lose as a team. You could have the worst run of your life and your team runs amazingly. It's all about equally trying our hardest to break our own personal records and succeed as a team. Ultimately, if we all run the best we can, what's there to be upset about? I love running next to my best friends every day!"