Nicolet National Bank senior spotlight: Sam Carpenter, Pacelli cross country
By Jacob Heid
Sam Carpenter first started enjoying running for fun when he was in elementary school. As he got older, his mindset changed, and he started taking running more seriously.
Carpenter is now a team captain ready to push himself to be his best during his final season.
Here is more about Pacelli senior:
When did you first get into running?
“I first got into running in fifth grade. I joined cross country with a few friends, and we were just in for fun and friendship. Around seventh grade, I started to get more dedicated to the team and realized if I stuck with it, I could get pretty good. I stuck with it while many of my friends stopped, and now I’m in my eighth year of running.”
Do you have a nickname that family or friends call you?
“Most of my friends who are older than me would always call me ‘Carp’ because my older brother was known as ‘Capro.’”
Do you have any personal goals for the rest of the season?
“My biggest personal goal that I set for myself this season is to break 17 minutes.”
What’s your best time at an event at the high school level?
“My current PR is 17:23, which I ran at the Rosholt Invitational in 2022.”
Do you have a favorite pre-race meal?
“I like anything that has lots of carbs and protein the night before and for breakfast. I like to have bacon and a fruit smoothie.”
What do you look forward to for senior year?
“I am looking forward to being a team captain and helping my team have another very successful season.”
What are your plans after high school?
“As of right now, I am undecided. I am thinking about going to a tech school or straight into the workforce.”