Meet the 2021 Competitors: Joey Berriatua

Joey Berriatua | Men’s Elite Mile

Social Media: Instagram | Twitter | Venmo

Sponsor: adidas Tinman Elite
College: Santa Clara
Mile PR: 4:00.76

5 Things About Me: Joey Berriatua

  1. My last name (which few are capable of pronouncing) is Basque- my great grandfather was an orphan raised by the nuns at the church in a town called Berriatua- about an hour west of San Sebastián along the northern coast of Spain, and was named after the town.
  2. I went to the same high school that Tom Brady, Barry Bonds, Lynn Swann, and David Bakhtiari attended, to name a few notables (Serra High School – Go Padres!)
  3. My favorite nickname I’ve had is Joey Wet Shoes (get it? Steeple? Anyone?) from my neighbor and good friend at Santa Clara. He still calls me that.
  4. If I could go to the Olympics in a sport other than running it would be ping pong (just ask Geordie Beamish)
  5. Every Jurassic Park/ World is in my top 10 favorite movies- when I was a kid I wanted to be an paleontologist.

5 Fast Questions

  1. What’s something people should add to their Netflix (or any streaming service) or Podcast queue? One Punch Man has to be one of my top 5 favorite shows (on Hulu)
  2. What’s your favorite training shoe right now (or ever)? The adidas solarboosts haven’t failed me yet
  3. If you have to go fast food, what’s your go-to? If I’m on the west coast, we’re going to In-n-Out. Anywhere else Chipotle
  4. Do you have any connections to Raleigh or North Carolina? My teammate Sam Parsons went to NC State, so hopefully I can come and help clean up whatever mess he made
  5. The sport of Track & Field would be more exciting (or better) if… More people subscribed to The Lap Count (I gotchu Merber)

Interview on the Summer of Miles podcast

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