Q&A with Standout Distance Runner Cole Hocker

Cathedral High School Junior, Cole Hocker made big moves this past cross country season, becoming the only Indiana athlete to beat Gabe Fendel in a race. He is the number 2 returner for this Friday's Flashes Showcase and will be looking to claim that trophy at the end of the night. He was 4th in the state meet last year in the 1600, running a 4:13. He has hopes to drop some big PR's this season. We'll have to wait and see if he can accomplish those. Hocker looks to become the star of the show come next August. 

MileSplit IN: When did you start competing? Have you competed outside of school such as USATF or AAU?

Cole Hocker: I started competing in third grade and did AAU and USATF until 6th grade

What does a typical training week look like for you?

Training week: 

Monday-short tempo followed by weight room workout

Tuesday-workout, longer repeats or a ladder

Wednesday- short recovery run followed by weight room workout

Thursday- workout, shorter speed reps or ladder

Friday- recovery run

Saturday- race, time trial, or fartlek

Sunday- Long run

How many events do you compete in? Do you have a favorite?

The events I usually compete in are 800, 1600, 3200. My favorite event is the 1600.

If you could compete in any other sport or event what would it be and why?

If I could compete in another event it would be pole vault because it looks fun.

What is something that helps you mentally prepare before a meet?

Something that helps me mentally prepare for a meet is either listening to music or watching professional races

What is your favorite track and field invite?

My favorite track and field invite is the miracle mile

What are some goals you would like to accomplish this season?

Goals I would like to accomplish this season is to run a 4:05 1600 and a 1:55 800

Do you have any role models you look up to?

Some guys I look up to are Matthew Centrowitz and Russell Westbrook 

Will you be competing at any national invitationals this season?

Unsure if I'm competing in any nationals but would definitely consider going!

What is your favorite subject in school?

My favorite subject in school is economics

Outside of track is there any other hobbies or sports you participate in?

My hobbies include, basketball and frisbee golf