Cullowhee, N.C. The Western Carolina cross country teams are a week into practice and have had a blend of morning long runs and afternoon track work during their opening week. The Catamounts are 10 days away from their season-opening meet, the Covered Bridge Open in Boone, N.C.

In the first of the Catamount cross country series, #CatamountCountry is being introduced to Lindsey Trotter, a senior from Abingdon, Va.


Name: Lindsey Trotter 

Major: Recreational Therapy 

What is your nickname?
Trotter: LTrott.

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
Trotter: Mint Chocolate Chip. 

What is your favorite animal at the zoo?
Trotter: Camel. 

What is your favorite off-season activity?
Trotter: What is offseason??

If you were a superhero, what powers would you want
: Invisibility.

What is your favorite holiday?
: Christmas.

What celebrity would you most like to meet?
Trotter: Jennifer Aniston.

Three positive words your teammates would use to describe you as a person:
: Motivational, Honest, Spunky.

What motivates you to work hard?
Trotter: My goals. Athletics has taught me how to drive myself and dedicate my time to reach the goals I’ve set for myself.

What is something you always love doing, even when you are tired or rushed? Why?
: Being outdoors enjoying nature. It gives me peace in the chaos of life. 

As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Trotter: A teacher.

What was the best advice you were ever given?
Trotter: “If you don’t believe in yourself, how do you expect anyone else to?”

One major goal for the 2019 season?
Trotter: To maintain a positive team atmosphere and to place high in the cross country championships.

What made you choose Western Carolina University?
Trotter: I was recruited here to run. When I visited WCU, I instantly fell in love and it felt like home.

What has been your favorite class to take at WCU?
Trotter: Adventure Therapy.

What’s your favorite part about being a student-athlete at Western Carolina?
Trotter: The atmosphere within WCU athletics. It’s cool to have different sports support one another and create lasting relationships.

What’s the most challenging thing about being a student-athlete at Western Carolina?
: Managing my time between my sport obligations with my academics while prioritizing my me time to stay mentally and physically healthy.

What does #CatamountCountry mean to you?
Trotter: It means family and support.

What is your favorite quote or saying from head coach Jesse Norman?
Trotter: “
It’s time to press on the gas pedal and put the hay in the barn.”

What has been your favorite athletics moment at Western Carolina?
Winning the SoCon championship. 

What will you miss MOST about being a Catamount?
Trotter: The second family I’ve formed.

What does your athletic scholarship mean to you?
Trotter: It means opportunity. I’m thankful for my scholarship because it allows me to live my athletic dream out.

What message would you like to send to the Catamount Nation?
Trotter: Come out and support us! Go Cats!!!