Running Through Obstacles

Posted by cservaes on March 12, 2012 in "Academic Programs", Athletics, "Current Students" Lucas Straub knew he’d be able to overcome the sickness and injuries he sustained during his time on the Ottawa University cross-country team. But he also knew those injuries would impact his career. “My greatest accomplishment in crosscountry was overcoming a severe injury and sickness my senior year and still being able to compete,” says Straub. Straub, a senior mathematics major, caught mononucleosis his freshman year and suffered a bone bruise his senior year. But he kept pushing through. “It wasn’t quite what I was expecting due to the numerous injuries and sicknesses that kept me from performing to my potential, but I thoroughly enjoyed all four seasons of cross country,” says Straub, who is from Soldier, Kansas. His sophomore year, Straub finished a season high 28th at the UD XC Invitational with a time of 35:35.79 and was 46th at the KCAC Championships with a time of 31:09.00. During his final season, he finished 63rd in the 2011 KCAC Cross Country Championships with a time of 32.13.51. He also helped the Braves to a first place finish at the OU Invitational in October at Pomona Lake, finishing 25th with a time of 32:55. “The thing I will miss most about cross country is my teammates and the fun that we had together,” says Straub. “We are very close and have fun times making jokes and such.” Straub hasn’t finalized his plans following graduation just yet. “I will either go to graduate school to pursue a master’s and eventually get a doctorate or I will take a little time off school and find a job.”