Q&A with Cal Senior Rebecca Yau

Oct. 24, 2007

BERKELEY - California senior Rebecca Yau is on the home stretch of her final season in cross country as a Golden Bear. Yau and the Bears compete this weekend in the Pac-10 championships, followed by the NCAA West Regional Saturday, Nov. 10. Cal hopes to make a statement in the conference meet and carry that momentum into the regional. Yau, an Orinda native out of Miramonte High School, sat down with CalBears.com to discuss the team, her future and the Pac-10 championships.

CalBears.com: How do you feel this season has gone so far?
Yau: 'We have not reached our full potential yet as a team since different people have been taking care of various ailments throughout this season thus far. Individually, I am somewhat satisfied with my results so far. I have learned something new from every race this season and I'm hoping to put everything I have learned into action in these final races.'

CalBears.com: What are your thoughts heading into the Pac-10 championships?
Yau: 'We're excited to toe the line against our conference rivals. We've been training for this championship season and it is a great opportunity for us to show as a team that we belong in a very tough conference.'

CalBears.com: Has it been tough being the leader for the women's team this year?
Yau: 'All of the women bring unique characteristics to the team, and many of these women possess different leadership qualities. I tend to lead by actions more than words, so having my teammates help me lead has made it both easy and enjoyable to be a team leader.'

CalBears.com: What are your personal goals and teams goals for the rest of the season?
Yau: 'Personally, I want to make it to the NCAA championships. As a team, we would like to finish in the top 10 in the NCAA West Regional.'

CalBears.com: What are you going to miss the most about being a student-athlete at Cal?
Yau: 'I will miss the opportunities to build friendships and relationships with various members of the athletic and academic communities here at Cal.'

CalBears.com: What was your favorite class you've taken at Cal?
Yau: 'Introduction to Health Policy and Management (Public Health 150D)'

CalBears.com: What are your plans for after graduation?
Yau: 'I am applying to graduate school to get my master's in public health.'

CalBears.com: What is your best memory at Cal?
Yau: 'There are far too many memories to deem any singular memory as my best memory. They range from listening to former President Jimmy Carter speak, taking in a beautiful view of the bay from the Campanile, watching my teammates run incredible races in both cross country and track and absorbing words of wisdom from various speakers at Athletes in Action.'