The Lynchburg College athletic department each week showcases a question and answer feature with our Hornet of the Week. The third student-athlete selected this year is women's cross country freshman Leidy J. Arias Bernal.
Bernal led the Hornets this weekend at the Iona College Meet of Champions. She finished 50th in 25:13 in the largely Division I and Division II field and she had the best time among non-Division I and Division II athletes. For her efforts Bernal was named ODAC women's cross country athlete of the week.
Why did you choose Lynchburg College?
I chose Lynchburg College for multiple reasons. I like how you can get from one end of campus to the other in just a few minutes. I knew I would never feel overwhelmed and the population size of the college is perfect, not too big and not too small. I remember telling my dad, "It's perfect" when I first saw the Dell and the track/turf field by turner. I honestly thought it was beautiful. Choosing Lynchburg was the right decision, I don't just love the campus but everyone here is also very friendly and welcoming.
What was it like to register the top time for the Hornets in your first two meets, including the mainly Division I Iona Meet of Champions?
I'm happy I have been able to contribute to my team. All of us have been working hard and it's good to see that it is paying off. The season has just started and I'm looking forward to the meets coming up. There is always room for improvement and I'm just excited for the rest of the season.
What do you like most about LC women's cross country?
The LC women's cross country team is very welcoming. I really like how we support each other and even though running can be an individual's sport, we push each other when "it hurts" during workouts. The upper classmen are great captains and lead us through whatever it is coach Simon tells us to do, whether it is a workout or a distance run. Honestly, the best thing about the cross country team is the fun atmosphere as well as the drive we have to keep doing well.
What are your aspirations after graduation?
After grad school, I aspire to work for the State Department. One of my goals is to travel around the world and get exposed to different cultures. By then, I hope to speak Chinese. Lastly, some day I hope to coach high school cross country and or track.