Nathan Hiss is a junior biology student from Orinda, CA., and represents PUC’s Men’s Cross Country team. With a background in cross country in high school, he joined the team his sophomore year and enjoys every part of it. He answered a few questions for us to share a bit of what it’s like being a student-athlete and playing for PUC.
What drew you to PUC athletics over another college?
I didn’t attend PUC with the initial intention of joining the XC team but rather joined it my sophomore year! I ran XC in high school and thought it would be a good idea running again.
Walk us through a typical team practice.
Usually, I would wake up at around 5:45 in the morning, throw on some shorts and head down to the track. Coach Muhic would then walk us through what our practice was going to look like, and we would either go on a long run or do a speed workout! Then in the evening after classes and labs, I would go on another run totaling 5-10 miles a day!
What is your favorite part about being part of your team?
Team runs are my favorite part because my teammates always motivate me to go faster and longer!
How do you balance your time between school and sports?
Since practice is in the morning it works out really well! After practice, I study before classes then attend those classes and labs, then study some more, and go on another run. I found a good balance from removing TV, YouTube, clash of clans from my day.
What advice do you have for students who are interested in being a student-athlete?
Do it! It’s a great way to make new friends and keep yourself healthy.
What is your favorite thing about being a part of the Pioneers family?
Team dinners are my favorite.
Do you have a favorite athlete? If so, who and why?
I looked up to Michael Phelps because in addition to running I was on the club and high school swimming for most of my life.
What are other things you are passionate about?
I am really passionate about hiking, tennis, gardening, volunteering, fishing, and Bobby, my gorilla figure!
What are you most looking forward to this school year?
I am really looking forward to trying all the restaurants in Calistoga. I already got through St. Helena and decided Farmstead or Goose and Gander are the best there. So I am looking forward to seeing what Calistoga has to offer!