Athlete Spotlight: Sherando cross country runner Ryan Hindle

Posted: October 29, 2013

Sherando cross country runner Ryan Hindle
Ryan Hindle

Sherando High School 17-year-old senior

Sport: Cross Country

Position: No. 1 runner

Twitter handle: @Hindle_Fire

Parents: Beth and Mark Hindle

Hometown: Born in Fairfax, moved to Boyds, Md., when he was 3-years old and then to Stephens City when he was 8-years old.

Nicknames: I’ve had some people call me just “Ry” for short, or sometimes “Ry Ry”.

What you love about cross country:I think what I love about running is when I get out there and I’m competing, it’s something that I love to do not only because it’s stress reliever but also for the competitive edge in me that I get to race against people.

Biggest strength and weakness in cross country: [Strength] my mentality when I run. When you’re running and you reach a point where you’re just dead but you have to keep going, I feel like I’m pretty strong mentally to push myself to finish a race. [Weakness] probably not challenging myself enough and pushing beyond my limits. Because I can push myself, but I don’t do that enough.

Funniest person on the team: Probably Tommy Bakos. He’s a junior and he just has a pretty carefree attitude all the time and he’s pretty laid back and is very funny.

Something people may not know about Coach Jamie McCarty: He went to Radford University, which is pretty cool because he actually gave us a tour of Radford, and that’s where he got his start in running and really inspired him to go out and do things

Most memorable moment in cross country: It wasn’t my best time ever, but it was a race at home last year and I told myself that I was going to go out and try and stay with the top guy. And I went out and stayed with (former Sherando runner) James Reese for the first and second mile and I think that’s when I realized there’s so much more of me than I’m giving myself credit for and that I could be greater than I am.

Most embarrassing moment in cross country:Probably when we were on the Wilmington trip last year. We went down for a big invitational and I was in the middle of the race and I nearly wiped out. It had just rained so there was a little muddy part you had to go through and my footing was off and I almost did a back flip when I slipped on the mud and it was where everyone could see.

Favorite athlete: [Former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver] Hines Ward. He was an integral part of the Steelers and always motivated them to do their best and he really inspired me as the captain this year to try and inspire everyone else on our team.

Favorite sports team: Penn State Nittany Lions

Three people you can have dinner with, dead or alive: My great grandmother on my mom’s side, she passed away when I was 3-years old, but my mom tells me all the time that she was probably the best person that she ever knew, just a genuinely good person; [Jamaican sprinter] Usain Bolt because I did a project on him sophomore year and he came from such humble beginnings in Jamaica, it would be cool to talk to him about what his life has been like; [actress/singer] Selena Gomez because she’s a beautiful human being and she can dance, sing, act and she’s still a pretty good role model.

Favorite Quote: “Don’t be the slow go-kart.” — Former Sherando cross country coach Tim Ritter

Favorite place to eat in town: I would probably go to Chick-fil-A and I would probably get a No. 5 12-count meal and a cookies and cream milkshake.

Pre-race routine/ritual: The night before I always try to load up on carbs and the day of the meet I make sure I don’t eat anything or drink anything an hour before the race. And I just try to motivate myself and go over my strategy for the race.

Plans after high school: As of right now my top choice for college is U.Va. and I’m going to apply for regular decision and hopefully get into their school of engineering. As far as running goes, I’ve definitely considered running college.

— Compiled by Kevin Trudgeon