|Major||Statistics and Machine Learning|
BioJustin Abel has captained Carnegie Mellon’s Mr. Yuk for the past 3 years and in 2018, has led the team to being ranked 28th in the nation. Abel has played 2 years for Pittsburgh Temper, utilizing his versatility as a cutter and a handler in the club circuit. His prevailing humility and aptitude on both sides of the disc make him one of the most respected players in the Ohio Valley Region.
What is your "go-to" move on the field?I used to throw a lot of blades and now I try to throw less blades but its probably still my thing.
What is your favorite Mr. Yuk memory (off-field)?The journey from Pittsburgh to Tally last year is probably something I'll never forget. The cast of characters involved in that catastrophe really made that whole experience pretty hilariously wild.
What is your favorite memory of Mr. Yuk (on-field)?I have a bunch of these it’s pretty hard to pick one. I think just finishing 2nd in the region in 2018 meant a lot to me because it felt like we had actually earned it. A huge growth from my freshman year in 2016 and sophomore year in 2017 where we finished 15th and 11th (I think) respectively and it really just made love that team so much more because we had worked hard for each other and it personally made me feel loved and appreciated.
Do you have a favorite cheer or celebration?All of the baseball cheers make me pretty happy. I also am a big fan of the cheers that make no sense to outsiders (like the rumble cheer) because it’s like a joke sorta cheer we can be into, and you can’t usually explain them to other teams and have them appreciate them the way we do.
What was your first experience with Mr. Yuk?I met Forman first day of O-week and we went to play mini. I remember thinking that Forman was probably the best player on the team and that we were in trouble. I started trying to learn how to handle after that day. (Love you forman you are much better now)
How can you tell if I'm in the zone?If I'm in the zone I'll be very loud and energetic but focused. If you try to talk to me about something other than the game I'll probably just ignore you. Scoring and getting turns makes me super hype and I'll try to make sure everyone hears it.
What is your pre-game ritual?I have a pre-tournament ritual but not really a pre-game one where I try to listen to a few specific songs in the morning but that's about it.
What is something your teammates probably don't know about you?When I was a freshman I was worse than where literally all of them are at now.
If you didn’t do ultimate at CMU, what would you be doing?Transfer to somewhere else
|Hometown||Los Altos, CA|
What was your first experience with Mr. Yuk?I remember going to an X/Y tournament in Ohio. We didn't do great but I had a ton of fun and ended up winning the hard hat one game.
What is your favorite Mr. Yuk memory (on-field)?We had a game at Queen City last year (I forget who we were playing). It was universe and someone hucked it deep to Dylan, who had no chance of catching the disc. By some miracle, the defender knocked it into the air and Dylan caught it in the endzone and won us the game.
How can you tell if I'm in the zone?I'm playing my best when I'm relaxed and having fun. I do best when I don't put too much pressure on myself.
Do you have a favorite cheer or celebration?I love the "Call" and "Response" cheer because Riq hates it.
If you didn't do ultimate frisbee at CMU, what would you probably do?Be sad and lonely
|Major||Physics and Computer Science|
|Hometown||Palo Alto, CA|
If you didn’t do ultimate at CMU, what would you be doing?I actually have no idea. Probably lift exclusively upper body until I weighed 185 lb and take Intramurals way too seriously. My freshman year I did complete the “Big Man on Campus” Bodybuilding.com program (while skipping every leg day), but only made it to 150lb. That second part is actually true too.
What is your "go-to" move on the field?Flick shimmy into inside flick break. Trade secret, the key is to use your knee. Only a fool would bite on a shimmy involving only the shoulders and only a greater fool would bite on a backhand shimmy. Side note, this is why I have always been skeptical of the drill: “Levels”.
Do you have a favorite cheer or celebration?As the originator of Yukkin jacks, they may be my favorite. Good ol’ cold as hell WVU spawned the urge to do jumping jacks while chanting, “Mr” “Yuk” in sync. It was so effective Akron did it with us in the finals. Then we beat them 15-8. Unless you’re trying to lose the game by gassing yourselves, only start after both coaches have left the line.
What is your favorite Mr. Yuk memory (off-field)?It’s honestly hard to pick. General tomfoolery and musical chairs during the winter banquet is my jam. Spring break is filled with plenty of disc activities, relaxation, and spur of the moment adventures. Long car rides filled with the Norby game and banter are surprisingly fond memories.
How can you tell if I'm in the zone?Both fists clenched if I or someone else does something sweet is a sure sign. According to Tad, my Dad does this too. I may need to change it up.
What is your favorite Mr. Yuk memory (on-field)?Beating Pitt in the 2017 Showcase Game is hard to top. Playing under the lights and hearing the crowd in my ear was invigorating. Beating Ohio State and Penn State at Regionals, in 2018 and 2019 respectively, was also quite satisfying.
Is there a player you look up to?I’ll start by saying Justin Abel has never been trash. Despite being surrounded by trash (including myself) for much of his college ultimate career, he was never too aloof to get a little dirty. Crazy ability and inspiring humility. Swap in Justin Abel for “What would Jesus do?"
What is your pre-game ritual?As I like to say, a little nitrous in the tank never hurt. Caffeine is my new cheat-code, whether it’s Red Bull, pre-workout, or hotel Joe. Some shakes of dispensed gatorade with a gulp of water make up for the dehydration I’ve brought upon myself.
What was your first experience with Mr. Yuk?I remember sending an email to Reid and he asked me what my prior experience with ultimate was. Since my high school team had a pretty questionable record, including losing to a Utah C team and being bageled, like a damn fool, I sent him a video of me laying out for a goal. Surprisingly I didn’t have a sarcastic nickname waiting for me when I arrived at pickup on the Cut.
Memorable quote from a teammate?"Word." - EricLi
|Major||Electrical and Computer Engineering|
|Hometown||Mountain View, CA|
|Hometown||Los Angeles, CA|
What is your "go-to" move on the field?Running faster than the other guy
What is your favorite memory of Mr. Yuk (on-field)?Beating Pitt
Do you have a favorite cheer or celebration?SUUUUBRA
What was your first experience with Mr. Yuk?Going to tryouts freshman year and thinking Foster was a beast because the rest of us were so atrocious
What is your favorite Mr. Yuk memory (off-field)?Any and all spring breaks with the team
What is your pre-game ritual?Putting everything I have into our pregame cheer and then taking some deep breaths
What is something your teammates probably don't know about you?My name comes from the 1991 movie “My Girl”
If you didn’t do ultimate at CMU, what would you be doing?nothing, wtf else am I supposed to do
|Major||Electrical and Computer Engineering|