By SAM CHANDLER
Guillorel, a cross-country standout from Pontchateau, France, was told by a fellow French athlete that there was no comparison to competing at the collegiate level in the United States.
“He told me it’s probably the only country where you can study and do sports at a high-level,” Guillorel said. “In France, if you want to do a lot of sports and a lot of studies, you will become mad.”
Three years after his interest was first sparked, Guillorel began his search to find an American university that would best suit his interests and abilities. In order to find that perfect match, he used a service to help him navigate the laborious and often confusing road to NCAA eligibility and university admission. “They know how the American system works,” Guillorel said.
The company put Guillorel in contact with universities from across the United States, ranging in geographical location from Alaska to Florida. No university appealed to Guillorel more than Samford.
“Samford was just perfect. The studies were what I wanted, and the team was what I wanted,” Guillorel said.
Since his arrival to campus, Guillorel has excelled on the cross-country course, establishing himself as the team’s frontrunner. At the last meet in Charlotte he won the 8K race with a personal best time of 25:02 minutes.
Junior exercise science major Luke Weishaar, a teammate of Guillorel’s, has embraced his new training partner. “He’s definitely brought a new dynamic to the team,” Weishaar said. “He’s not afraid to push the pace, work harder and go faster.”