20 Questions With Bonnie MacDonald
UNCPBraves.com recently had the chance to sit down with senior runner Bonnie MacDonald to learn of her opinion on a variety of topics ranging from what she is most fearful of to how she wants to be remembered when she leaves Pembroke. The following 20 questions are a part of a new feature at your official home for UNCP Athletics.
MacDonald, a Carthage native, is in her second year on the women's cross country team as a Lady Brave. She recently entered into the UNCP record books in the 5K with a time of 20:06.4 while setting her career and personal best. This season she has been one of the top-4 finishers for the Black and Gold placing fourth in the UNCP Invitational 6K race with a time of24:37.13 to help the Lady Braves place first overall. The Lady Braves have been regionally ranked in the top-10 this season with help from runners like MacDonald.
Bonnie started her collegiate career at St. Andrews where she
ran for two years before deciding to transfer to UNCP. Since she
began at UNCP, she has been a strong contributor to the
women's cross country team, placing 26th at the PBC
Championships where she also placed second among her UNCP teammates
with a 25:19.13 time in the 6K and 48th overall in the NCAA
Southeast Regional meet as the second Lady Brave to cross the
20 Questions With UNCP Senior Runner Bonnie MacDonald
I Came To UNCP Because: after spending 2 years at St. Andrews, I figured I could get a better education for a smaller cost
Favorite City To Visit: Boston!!!
As A Kid, My Sports Idol Was: Karen O'Connor, she's a 3-Day eventer for the US team
First Job: I had a paper route when I was 12. I used to ride my scooter around my neighborhood and deliver papers every day after school.
The Celebrity Some People Say I Look Like: I honestly don't think I have a celebrity look alike
Biggest Pet Peeve: People who chew loudly and people who can always find something to complain about.
Favorite Movie: Anything with Meryl Streep or Anne Hathaway
Moment In History I'd Like To Have Seen: The first Thanksgiving
My Hometown Is Most Famous For: I'm from Billerica, Md., where the song "Yankee Doodle" originated after the tar and feathering of Thomas Ditson.
I Am Most Fearful Of: Letting down those who I care most about.
Best Non-Athletic Talent: I can play the cello
Coolest Place I Have Competed At: Disney World; The course wasn't that impressive but racing in the Sports Complex and spending the day in the park was a lot of fun.
If You Were A Candy, What One Would You Be And Why?: Maybe a Snickers, classic and sweet but with substance. Well-liked enough to be welcomed everywhere.
Living Person You Admire Most: My mom, she's accomplished so much by herself and has always pushed me to achieve my best.
What Is Your Major And Why Does It Interest You?: Exercise and Sport Science; it's interesting to learn something in class and then be able to relate it to something in a work out or training run. My life revolves so much around fitness that it fits in perfect for me.
Best Song Of All Time: There is far too much good music to choose just one song!
What I Love Most About UNCP?: I enjoy that it's close to home but still far enough away to feel like I "went away" to college.
My Advice To Youngsters Would Be: Your time in school goes by extremely fast. Find things that interest you and will benefit you throughout your life time and make those your priority. Surround yourself with people who have similar goals in mind and don't ever let people bring you down or influence you when they don't have your best interest in mind. Also, don't forget to enjoy all that college has to offer, you'll regret not utilizing everything.
What Is One Thing You Want To Happen Before You Leave UNCP?: I would love to see the women's XC team place the highest at Regionals in school history, we have a solid team this year and we're going to achieve great things.
How Do You Want People At UNCP To Remember You?: As someone who was always easy to talk to and get along with and was always readily available to help someone out.