Meet-A-Bison: Paige Stratioti
Published: Thursday, January 30, 2014
Updated: Thursday, January 30, 2014 09:01
NDSU student athletes don’t come to play for the Bison athletic teams because of the warm weather Fargo has to offer. These athletes knew a Chipotle restaurant had to come to Fargo sooner or later, and that’s why they chose to play for this great University. Well no, not exactly.
For track and cross-country star Paige Stratioti, she chose NDSU because of the great coaches the program had to offer.
“I immediately liked coach Ryun (Godfrey) right away when I met him,” Stratioti said. “Your coach is one of the people you spend the most time with and the most important.”
Stratioti is a junior from Duluth, Minn., majoring in human development and family science.
She runs middle distance on the Bison track team and recently broke the NDSU record in the 600m.
“It felt great,” Stratioti said on breaking the record. “I knew I was ready in training, and it was good to obviously see it happen for real.”
Her favorite event to run is the 400m, and if she ran the 800m more often, it would be her favorite event. She is a team player to say the least.
“I enjoy watching my teammates and I think that is better than competing sometimes, because you are with them and you see them work really hard to succeed, which is awesome,” Stratioti said.
Stratioti’s favorite athlete is Brenda Martinez, who won the bronze medal in the 800m at the 2013 International Association of Athletics Federations World Championships in Moscow.
“I definitely would like to be an All-American, especially to be an All-American with your teammates on a 4x400 relay,” Stratioti said.
The Bison track and field team has competed in many states at many different events, but Stratioti’s favorite athletic facility to run at is the Texas Longhorns stadium for regionals or at the Drake Relays, because it’s a packed house.
Many athletes at all levels have a pregame ritual, but Stratioti isn’t too superstitious. “I just like to prepare mentally, and I love to eat a big breakfast,” she claims.
When Stratioti isn’t breaking school records, receiving conference academic recognition or running cross-country for NDSU, you can find her listening to country music, eating pizza and soaking up the sun in Napa Valley, which is her favorite vacation spot.
The indoor season continues for Stratioti and the NDSU track and field team, competing Saturday in the Bill Bergan Invitational in Ames, Iowa.
“Practice has been going really well so far, so I want to keep building on the season and progress,” Stratioti said on the rest of the season.
If you see Paige Stratioti on campus or running around Fargo, make sure you are thinking positive thoughts, because if she could have any superpower, it would be the power to read minds.