Luke Landis doubles as a member of the cross country and track and field team for the Buckeyes. The sophomore has been a big contributor for the cross country team this fall. At the first meet of the season, he took second at the Queen City Invite 6K with a time of 18:25.1, and he finished 11th at the All-Ohio Championships; the Buckeyes won team titles at both events. The Norwalk, Ohio native was a 2016 Ohio State Scholar Athlete.
What was your favorite part of Bucks Go Pro? - Becoming friends with all of the other interns. I was able to meet some great people, and I look forward to being able to support them in their respective sports during their seasons.
What is the best piece of advice you received from BGP? - Get your work done, and establish a reputation as someone who can be trusted to get things done.
Which site visit did you enjoy the most? - Visiting Huntington. Touring the bank and talking to people who have jobs that I would like to have was a cool experience.
What was your group project, and what was your role in it? - I worked with the corporate engagement group, attempting to bring a maker space/innovation center to Ohio State. Throughout the summer I was in charge of benchmarking with other schools, reaching out to students and other contacts, and putting together the presentation. My group members and I became very passionate about getting this done, so roles were somewhat blurred.
How did you decide to come to OSU? - I had a bit of a breakthrough right at the end of my senior year which made running at the Division I level possible (I was planning to attend Carnegie Mellon). Coach Allen reached out to me, and Ohio State was the best fit athletically and more importantly, academically.
How long have you been doing your sport? - I've been running on a team since seventh grade, making this my eighth year of running competitively.
What is your favorite part about your sport? - Getting to the point where you are so confident and you feel like you can control the race no matter what.
What is the hardest thing about sport? - No instant gratification. Results in this sport take months, even years, of work, and a lot of people don't see that.
How do you balance athletics and academics? - It takes a lot of prioritizing. Sitting down and getting stuff done when it needs to be without procrastinating or making excuses.
Why did you choose your major? - I've always had a thing for numbers and math, and after I decided that I didn't want to be an engineer I settled on finance.
What is your favorite study spot on campus? - Honestly, as much as I complain about living in Morrill Tower, the study rooms in the suites were very convenient. Living in Raney this year, I'm afraid I'll have to find a new spot, or make a new friend in Morrill, I suppose.
What is your favorite class you have taken here so far? - Like I said, I've always liked math, and Calculus 3 was one of the first classes that actually challenged me as there weren't a whole lot of those in high school
What is a fun fact about you that not many people know about? - I broke my wrist before my senior year of high school. I was at a cross country camp the day my cast was supposed to come off, and I wouldn't be home for another three days. Instead of waiting, I cut off my own cast with a pocket knife.
If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be? – Pizza.
Who do you most admire and why? - My dad for sure. He taught me to work hard and not expect immediate results. He has always been supportive of me and my siblings, and he stays true to himself regardless of circumstances.
Describe OSU in one word. – Excellence.
Mandel Takes 46th at Great Lakes Regional