Cullowhee, N.C. – The 2018 Western Carolina cross country season kicks off on Friday evening as the Catamounts travel to Spartanburg, S.C. for the Eye Opener Invitational hosted by USC Upstate. It’s the first of six scheduled meets this season, including the Southern Conference Championships in Cullowhee on Oct. 27. 

In the first of the Catamount cross country series, #CatamountCountry is being introduced to Kaitlyn Lingard, a senior from Greensboro, N.C. 

Name: Kaitlyn Lingard 

Major: Finance 

What is your nickname?

Lingard: Lingard/Lingy.

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?

Lingard: Ben & Jerry’s Mint Chocolate Chip.  

What is your favorite animal at the zoo?

Lingard: Cheetah and Elephant.

What is your favorite off-season activity?

Lingard: I don’t have an off-season. 

What has been your favorite class to take at WCU?

Lingard: FIN 210 – Managing Your Money

What motivates you to work hard?

Lingard: My team.

What is something you always love doing, even when you are tired or rushed? Why?

Lingard: Riding horses.

Who is the most important person in your life?

Lingard: My mom.

As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Lingard: A gymnast.

What was the best advice you were ever given?

Lingard: Don’t give up!

Three positive words to describe you:

Lingard: Happy, encouraging, positive.

One major goal for the 2018 season?

Lingard: Staying healthy.  

What's your favorite part about being a student-athlete at Western Carolina?

Lingard: The student-athlete community.

What’s the most challenging thing about being a student-athlete at Western Carolina?

Lingard: It’s hard to balance school and sports.

What is your favorite quote or saying from head coach Cale McDaniel?

Lingard: "One speed baby!"

What has been your favorite athletics moment at Western Carolina?

Lingard: Setting the school record in the 1,500-meter run.

What will you miss MOST about being a Catamount?

Lingard: Leaving the team.

What does your athletic scholarship mean to you?

Lingard: Opportunities.

What message would you like to send to the Catamount Nation?

Lingard: #GoCats.