Meet the Phoenix: Brad Endres
Editor's Note: Throughout the 2010-11 school year, junior women's tennis player Morgan Weuve will introduce Phoenix fans to some of her peers and fellow student-athletes. The Green Bay native will conduct interviews with various student-athletes and share her findings with feature stories on GreenBayPhoenix.com.GREEN BAY, Wis. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) - An impressive collegiate athletic career races to a finish for senior cross country runner, Brad Endres.
Endres' success is especially notable since he began his freshman year as a walk-on for the Phoenix. After a successful first year, he remained on the team as a scholarship runner.
"I came here with the intention of transferring after my first year and then when I had the opportunity to be on the team and liked the university, I decided to stay. It was one of the best decision I have made," said Endres.
Endres holds an 8K personal record of 28:06 achieved at the Bradley Classic last year. He has also scored for his team at every meet over the past two years. Last season, he placed 49th at the Horizon League championships and achieved his best team finish, placing second for the Phoenix.
During his time here, Endres proved not only to be a great runner, but also a leader and a dedicated student. He stepped up to the leadership role early as a junior, being the oldest runner on a team without any seniors.
"It's cool that I got this opportunity because I was a walk-on my freshman year and two years later I was a leader on the team," said Endres.
Endres has maintained a 3.32 GPA and has been on the academic honor role numerous semesters. He is pursuing a history major along with a business administration minor and is currently looking into attending a law school program after graduation.
Endres will race in his final Horizon League Championship on Sat., Oct. 30, and then will finish up his successful four years at the NCAA regional meet on November 13.
"I am really excited for these races because they are my last chance to compete collegiately, and I am determined to do well," said Endres.
Getting to know Brad Endres...
On the course:
The first race I ran was...in track my freshman year of high school.
My favorite race is...an 8k cross country race.
My goal for myself this season is...to break 28:00.
My plans for running after college are...to keep running and to some day run a marathon and possibly even an iron man.
Off the course:
The music that I listen to the most is... rap, indie and folk.
The most played song on my iPod is...Juicy by Biggie Smalls.
If I could learn to do anything, it would be...to play the piano.
I have visited...nine islands in the Caribbean.
One food that I will not eat is...Ramen noodles.
One thing that makes me laugh the hardest is...The Office.
For fun I...do triathlons, read and travel.
My favorite sport to do besides running is... racquetball or swimming.
My favorite movie is...The Sting.
The person I most admire is...Greg Mortenson.
The advice I would give to a youngster is...that confidence is key.