September 29, 2013

Cobra Spotlight- Dylan Bates & Britian Tomlinson, Men's Cross Country

The "Cobra Spotlight" is a weekly highlight of a student-athlete at Coker College. Each week we take a different athlete from a different sport and display some facets to get more familiar with them. This week we take a look at Dylan Bates and Britian Tomlinson, members of the men's cross country team.

Name: Dylan Bates

Sport: Men’s cross country

Position: Runner?

Hometown: Scarborough, Ontario, Canada

Year: Junior

Major: Mathematics and computer science

Why did you choose Coker? My coach found me through a recruiting website, and encouraged me to fly down for a visit. I really liked the team and campus, and decided to come here.

What is your best memory at Coker (athletic related)? Winning an NCAA race at our first meet this season.

What is your best memory at Coker (non-athletic related)? Casino Night with the Computer Science & Math Club.

Which athletic team would you play on at Coker other than your own? Lacrosse. I played for five years when I was younger.

Favorite class: Anything math. I liked Point Set Topology. It sounds intimidating, and it is. There were only two students in the class by the end of the semester.

Favorite professor: Dr. Paul Dostert

Plans after graduation: I want to go to grad school and eventually receive my Ph.D.

Favorite movie: Pacific Rim

Favorite type of music: Classic rock.

Favorite food: PRIME RIB! This one restaurant in Canada is 90 percent of the reason I go home during the breaks.

Favorite sports team: Coker Cobras! I don’t really watch sports (no TV).

Favorite color: Blue

Favorite TV show: I don’t have a TV. But if I did it would be MythBusters

Most prized possession: The medal I received for crossing the finish line at the World Championships for triathlon.

What is something people may not know about you?I started doing triathlons and Tae Kwon Do before I was 7. Since then I have gone to the World Championships for triathlon and achieved my 2nd Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do.

Do you have a nickname? If so, how did you get it? Red Cap, because of the red hat that I’m always wearing.

One word that describes you: Adorable. Or Dedicated.

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Name: Britian Tomlinson

Sport: Men’s cross country

Position: I am the clown of the team

Hometown: Rock Hill, S.C.

Year: Senior

Major: Biology

Why did you choose Coker? It was a small school, and I liked the way the classes were set up.

What is your best memory at Coker (athletic related)? Playing in Disney World after one of our races.

What is your best memory at Coker (non-athletic related)? Every Bandfest with Anthony Abrahams, James Sweeney, David Pent, Tyler Senecal and Caleb Dunlop.

Which athletic team would you play on at Coker other than your own? This is hard because I am easily the most athletic person on campus, but if I had to say just one sport it would be soccer.

Favorite class: Invertebrate Zoology

Favorite professor: Dr. Flaherty

Plans after graduation: Grad school

Favorite movie: The Dark Knight

Favorite type of music: Pretty much anything

Favorite food: Mexican

Favorite sports team: South Carolina Gamecocks

Favorite color: Blue

Favorite TV show: Bones

Most prized possession: A model pirate ship given to me by my high school coach. The ship was a very prestigious award given to the runner who worked the hardest and showed the most dedication.

What is something people may not know about you? I am afraid of roller coasters.

Do you have a nickname? If so, how did you get it? It is Stack Robinson because one year Anthony decided we needed alter egos for spring break.

One word that describes you: Energetic

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