XC teams pleasantly experience “Runner’s High”

photo courtesy of scranton athletics JUNIOR JAMES Buckley runs in the Ron Stonitsch Invitational in Poughkeepsie, New York last weekend. Buckley finished 22nd, and the Royals finished in fifth place. The team’s next meet is Saturday at 11:45 at Misericordia.

PHOTO COURTESY OF SCRANTON ATHLETICS / JUNIOR JAMES Buckley runs in the Ron Stonitsch Invitational in Poughkeepsie, New York last weekend. Buckley finished 22nd, and the Royals finished in fifth place. The team’s next meet is Saturday at 11:45 at Misericordia.

Published: September 11, 2015

MATT MCGOVERN
Sports Correspondent

The University’s men and women’s cross country teams are currently in season. The athletes are able to get a quick break from schoolwork during practice and meets. When runners go through the experience of running to relax and for sport, they go through something often referred to as “runner’s high.” According to a 2008 German study, a runner’s high comes from endorphins. The article says that scientists have discovered that “during two-hour-long runs, subjects’ pre-frontal and limbic regions spewed out endorphins.” Fetters acknowledges that the higher someone’s endorphin level is, the happier they are. Two runners were asked about a recent article on msn.com, in which The University is ranked as the 44th fittest colleges in the country. The article reveals that “more than 3,000 of the 5,589 students enrolled” at The University are involved in an athletic program, club sport or intramural sport. In a recent interview, two members of the school’s cross country team said “runner’s high” is certainly real, but they have different interpretations of it.

“I think it’s real. However, it’s not as common as everyone thinks it is,” Taylor Ryan said.

“It’s when you remember why you are running, like whether it’s for the team or just to get better at running in general during practice.”

Ryan is a junior on the women’s cross country team.

Corey Wasilnak, a senior member of the men’s cross country team, also shared his thoughts.

“In my opinion runner’s highs are more in your head than anything. I think the ‘high’ that people feel, while shown to possibly be the result of physiological causes, is more of a sense of accomplishment and relief that the run is completed,” Wasilnak said.

The two runners also shared how running helps them deal with the stress that comes with being a college athlete.

“Running is a lot of fun but it’s a lot more work than most people realize. It’s a good stress reliever from studying. It also motivates you to work harder when you are done running,” Ryan said.

Wasilnak responded similarly.

“Running does help de-stress from school. It allows me to forget about studying for a test or writing a paper, especially if I’m running with other people,” Wasilnak said.

Although both aforementioned athletes are members of athletic teams, they both said different things when reacting to The University being labeled one of the nation’s fittest schools.

Wasilnak answered with an intriguing thought.

He explained that he thought it was great that The University was ranked so high in “fitness compared to other colleges.”

He found it interesting “that while we are ranked 44th, Syracuse University ranked 45th in fitness.”

This is peculiar, Wasilnak cites, because the Princeton Review also ranked Syracuse “as the number one party school in the country in 2015.” This is an interesting fact, to say the least.

However, it should be noted that The University has plenty of places for students to exercise.

They can run at the gym, play basketball or volleyball at the Byron, play racquet ball or swim. This just proves that Scranton as a whole provides us with opportunities to run other than when students are late to class.

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