Saints Student-Athlete Profile: Nicholas Vielhauer ’20

Saints Student-Athlete Profile: Nicholas Vielhauer ’20


Coming into St. Lawrence as a runner who wasn’t
at the level that I am now, just having Coach Newman and the coaching staff here take the
time to develop me as a runner and as a person I value greatly because I don’t think other
coaches at the NCAA level would have taken and the resources to make me what I am today,
going from a runner who almost didn’t make the team to going to nationals three years
later as an individual was quite substantial I think. Representing St. Lawrence at nationals
as a junior was one of the greatest experiences of my life. Donning the white jersey for SLU
was truly a memorable experience. What we did on that day was truly something to remember.
I think that being able to say that I went to nationals both as a spectator and a runner
is truly amazing, because the first time going down to see the race as a spectator, I got
to see what would happen when I got there as a runner, knowing when to go out in the
race or what people do when, or areas to look out for, it was something to take into account
as a runner. Next year we’ll be back at Lexington, Kentucky, where we were my freshman year.
Being a spectator in that race, I know more than I think I would have known if I didn’t
go down to see it. One of my favorite memories of St. Lawrence cross country so far is our
annual Seven Springs trip. This past year, after that hill session, we sang “Country
Roads” by John Denver on the way back. It was so iconic because there were country roads
and we were all exhausted, but we thought it would be fun to make a memory that would
us last a lifetime. I think the alumni community at St. Lawrence is one-in-a-million. This
past summer I had an internship at the St. Lawrence County Public Defender’s office with
Jimmy Farrell, but through that internship I got to see Dan (Ramsey) at work in the courtroom
and Jimmy and other St. Lawrence alums, which helped broaden my spectrum of people to know
in the world of being a lawyer. Through the alumni community I’ve met so many people who
have helped me grow as a runner and I’m still meeting new people who are going to help me
later in life build connections and possibly jobs, who I think they truly care about us
because they’ve been through the same things that we have, so I think that adds something
to the dimension of what we’re doing here at St. Lawrence.

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