Meet Your Islanders: Cross Country's Christoph Hintz
Christoph Hintz, a native of Schwerin, Germany, is one of six newcomers on the Islanders Cross Country team. After garnering the 5k title at the under-20 Championship in Germany and placing third in the 3k at the German Championships in 2009, the freshman is contributing to Texas A&M- Corpus Christi's recent rise in the regional rankings.
As the 2011 season continues, the men's cross country team has seen great improvement. The squad has moved up four spots to sixth in the South Central Regional poll within its first month of competition.
Hintz is next up in the "Meet Your Islanders" series for GoIslanders.com, a unique way to get to truly know your Islander athletes. Media Relations Intern Amy Carrizales will conduct the weekly in-depth feature on Islanders athletes.
Amy Carrizales: As a native of Schwerin, Germany, what would you say is the biggest cultural change you have experienced since you have been in Corpus Christi?
Christoph Hintz: The number of different ethnicities and cultures in one place.
AC: What are you most looking forward to this season?
CH: Winning the Southland Conference title with my team.
AC: What is your favorite thing about Coach Flanagan?
CH: His humor and his helpfulness.
AC: Who has been the most influential person in your life?
CH: My parents, because they support me in everything that I do.
AC: What is something about you that most people don't know?
CF: When Coach Flanagan called me for the first time from the United States, I didn't understand anything he was saying. He seemed to be kind, so I was saying yes to everything he said!
AC: Do you have a certain "pump up song" before your running event?
CF: " All I Do Is Win" by DJ Khaled.
AC: What is one thing about Corpus Christi that you find intriguing?
CH: Both the weather and the beach intrigue me.
AC: If you could have anyone run along with you during competition, who would it be with?
CH: Rocky Balboa
AC: If you could offer someone wanting to run cross country at the collegiate level a piece of advice, what would it be?
CH: "You sure you really want to do this?In order to run cross country at the collegiate level hardwork and dedication are a necessity to accomplish season goals."
AC: What is the best advice you have received, in pursuing your future career as a Mechanical Engineer?
CH: My Introduction to Engineering Technology professor once stated " First you have to learn how to phish a Facebook account".
AC: What was a major influence on your decision to attend Texas A&M- Corpus Christi?
CH: Coach Flanagan and my roommate, teammate and friend Philipp Baar.
AC: Aside from cross country, what are some of your hobbies?
CH: I like to hang out with friends, drive cars and act crazy!
AC: Who on the men's cross country team has the wildest personality?
CH: Philipp Baar and Dirty Dan, aka Daniel Barlow.
AC: What is one of your biggest accomplishments thus far?
CH: One of my biggest accomplishments has to be when I was named the fastest German guy under 20 years in the 5k and to be part of the national team at the European championships under 20, which both took place in 2009.
Quick Hits: Favorites
Food: Italian food, homemade food and Philipp's pancakes!
Car: Porsche and the car I will get next year
Movie: I have several, but I would have to say NewKids Turbo.
Quote: "Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever." – Lance Armstrong.