December 27, 2016

Buckeye Spotlight – Kendal Elder

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Dec. 27, 2016

Kendal Elder is a senior business major on the nationally ranked rifle team. She is a two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree and was a CRCA Scholastic All-American last year as a junior. On the range, she owns career-bests of 587 in air rifle and 575 in smallbore. Elder has competed in three events so far this season.

How did you decide to come to OSU?

On my official visit four years ago it was amazing to see the passion others had for the Buckeyes. The Buckeyes are known across the entire country, and that network means something. These two things convinced me to come to OSU.

How long have you been shooting?

I’ve been shooting for 8 years now. I actually met my current teammate, Deanna Binnie, at our first junior air rifle camp.

Do you have any pre-match superstitions or rituals?

No.

What is your favorite part about rifle?

I really enjoy the mental focus aspect. I also enjoy the community aspect because we are a lesser known sport.

What is the hardest thing about rifle?

Focusing is also the hardest part (for me), but I enjoy the challenge which is why it’s also my favorite part about rifle. When you’re doing the same motions repeatedly it’s easy to let your mind wander.

How do you balance athletics and academics?

During my freshman and sophomore years I used the SASSO tutors to help me balance my work load. Balancing athletics, academics, a social life, and other activities/hobbies has gotten easier as my time management skills have grown.

Why did you choose to major in business?

I’ve always wanted to be in healthcare, but I realized before my sophomore year that the business side of healthcare suited me more than the patient care side.

What is your favorite study spot on campus?

Younkin or Health Sciences Library

What is your favorite class you have taken here so far?

I enjoyed Anatomy and Statistics.

What is a fun fact about you that not many people know about?

I have a hedgehog named Sprite, and I’m a travel junkie.

If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Bacon.

Who do you most admire and why?

I admire many people in my life, but I admire my former coach, William Carter, the most. He has lived a VERY interesting life to the fullest, and I hope to do that too.

What was your favorite experience at OSU?

Receiving the athletic Study Abroad Scholarship was incredible. I love to travel and learn, so receiving this scholarship last May was a dream come true. Also, this year’s Michigan game.