20 Questions with Bethany Nickless

20 Questions with Bethany Nickless

Oct. 27, 2005

UC Santa Barbara's women's cross country and track runner Bethany Nickless was the Gaucho's top finisher at the cross country pre-Nationals in Indiana on Oct.15 with a time of 21:49 . The Huntington Beach, Calif. native redshirted her 2004 season, but during the 2003 season she led the Gaucho "B" team to a three way tie for first with UCLA and Pepperdine at the Titan Invitational. She hopes to lead the Gauchos to their third Big West Conference title in a row this weekend.

One place you want to see before you die?
I definitely want to go to Paris and see the Eiffel Tower.

Best class you've had at UCSB?
Sports Psychology.

What is your pump-up song?
Eminem's "Loose Yourself".

If you were stranded on an island, what three objects would you want to have with you?
I would want to have my Bible, some food, and another person.

You have a free afternoon, what are you doing?
Probably sleeping...catching up on some rest.

What is you most irrational fear?
Paper cuts.

What is your biggest pet peeve?
When two people are jogging together, but they both have iPods on. What's the point of running with someone if you are both going to be listening to music.

What color describes your personality best?
Orange is my favorite color, but it also describes me because I am bright and outgoing.

If you could be any superhero who would you be?
I would be Dash from The Incredibles so I could be really fast.

When and where were you the happiest?
The first time I ran the steeplechase (last year, track season). I had been wanting to do it for years and I finally got to and I got the school record and I qualified for regionals. You don't normally smile when you run, but I was even smiling during the race.

What talent would you like to possess?
I want to be able to ride a unicycle.

Who is your biggest hero?
Michelle Archers from the Olympic Soccer Team.

If you could invite anyone, dead or alive, to dinner, who would it be?

What do you consider your best quality?
I am hard working.

What do you want to be doing in ten years?
I want to have a family, teach high school and coach. Hopefully I'll still be competing in sports of some kind.

Who would win a battle: Peter Griffin vs. Homer Simpson?
Peter Griffin...for sure.

What is your all time favorite movie?
Remember the Titans.

Your dream car?
A burnt orange Bug convertible.

What is your favorite hang out spot in Santa Barbara?
I like to go to Zodo's and go bowling.

What is one thing you can't live without?
Sweets...chocolate and cookie dough.