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Bryce Miller: “Running is a science, which I’m trying to master.”

Freshman cross country runner Bryce Miller will compete in his first season for the Roos after his successful  high school running career.

Miller led the men’s team last weekend at Lincoln, Neb., crossing the line in 12th place with a time of 25:56.50.

Before making the big jump to NCAA Division I, Miller ran for Ashland High School in Ashland, Wis., where he won a state championship in the two-mile as a senior, earning all-conference, all-state, team captain and MVP honors.

After a short time as a Kangaroo, Miller has gotten more than he expected from UMKC.

“It has been a whole new experience.  I am definitively enjoying all the resources here,” Miller said. “Being able to ice-bath after practice, eating healthier than ever and having Coach [James] Butler’s training philosophy is really benefiting me.”

Kansas City seemed like the right fit for Miller, who had the final decision on which university to attend.

“Towards the end of my school search it came down to East Michigan and UMKC,” Miller said. “I decided I really wanted to go Division I, so I am really glad I ended up here.”

Miller said leaving home and the weather in Kansas City have been two challenges so far.

“I knew I had to get used to the humidity – I found that after the first week,” Miller said. “Every day I feel better and better though, and I am really enjoying it here. Being away from home has been hard also, but with the team and coaches around me I have felt really comfortable.”

Running is an everyday activity for Miller, who has been running since fifth grade.

“Right now I am at about 70 to 75 miles a week,” Miller said. “Back in high school I was only running 50 miles per week, so this transition has been a big jump for me and I can only feel the benefits of it.”

As a freshman, Miller is living one day at a time. However, he dreams about going professional after graduation.

“After graduating, going to the Olympics is my ultimate goal,” Miller said. “Another goal is to get sponsored by a running company, but for now I am only focusing on working hard.”

Cross country is just one example of Miller’s love for the outdoors.

“I have always been an outdoorsy person,” Miller said. “I really like camping, fishing and hunting, activities I can combine with my running.”

As the cross country team heads to South Bend, Ind., for the Adidas Notre Dame Invitational this weekend, Miller aims to improve from last weekend’s time.

“This weekend at Notre Dame I want to break 25 [minutes] in the 8K,” Miller said. “At the end of the season I would like to be the top freshman in the conference. As for the team, I hope we can stay up at the top.”

 

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