What have seniors like Mark taught freshmen like Leo?
MN: I hope I've taught the freshmen that you've got to work hard to achieve. I wasn't nearly as good as these guys coming in, but now I've going to nationals. I'm a good example of how you can achieve something by working hard.
LM: One thing I really admire about seniors like Mark is that they're always there to help and support us with anything we need. They're always there pushing us along.
Who is your favorite actress?
MN: My girlfriend would like me to say Meg Ryan. She's a big Sleepless in Seattle fan.
LM: The actress that plays Lana Lang on Smallville (Kristin Kreuk).
Who has better soccer, Mexico or New Zealand?
MN: Mexico by far, but New Zealand has a better rugby team.
How does middle distance differ from long distance?
MN: I think with middle distance, there's not much time to react or make decisions. But in a longer race, you can see the whole race evolve while you're in it.
LM: Middle distance has to do more with speed. I think longer distances have more to do with strength and willpower.
What is your racing strategy?
MN: With my races, the race doesn't really happen until the last 1,000 or 2,000 meters. You just have to be there (with the pack) so you can be in the race at the end.
LM: I really don't have one. I just go out there and try to put it down.
What is the best movie you've seen recently?
MN: The Animal House Double Secret Probation Edition
LM: The Grudge
What do you like about Coach Vigilante?
MN: He's the best coach I've ever had, and I've had quite a few. I don't think I could have ever imagined running this fast before I met Vig. He really convinced me of what I can do. There are not many coaches that give the support that Vig gives. We're really lucky to have him.
LM: The thing about Coach Vig is that he's an awesome guy. He's like an older brother/parent/coach. He's always there for us, and he pushes us to our limits and really encourages us. He really knows his stuff.
Reality TV: love it or hate it?
MN: Hate it.
LM: Hate it.
How do you feel about making it to nationals?
MN: It's fantastic. I made it a little late and kind of left it on the line, but I'm really happy I made it. It's one of the most exciting things that has happened to me.
LM: I didn't really expect to get this far. I started off the season really slow. When I ran that mile (UT record 3:59.86), it was like a dream.
When's the last time you ate at a buffet?
MN: Actually, I ate at a buffet Tuesday night. It was Central Market. The kitchen was closed, and all they had was the buffet.
LM: Tuesday, too, with Mark.