Interview With Selin Dikmen

First of all, how did you first get involved with track & field?

I first started track in 7th grade. I joined because I wanted to try something new and it was the first year we could join so I decided to do it!

What are all your personal records?

100 m hurdles- 14.89

300 m hurdles- 45.06 

200 m- 25.48

Triple jump- 35'0

Do you do, or have you done, any other sports?

I have been on my schools dance team since 7th grade! And I also tried cross country during my sophomore year but it didn't work out so well.

What is your favorite or most memorable competition you've ever been in?

That's a tough one! Either the 2016 Conference Championship or the 2016 Subsection Meet. These meets are my most memorable because at them, I truly saw what kind of athlete I was. 

What did those meets help you discover?

The 2016 Conference Championship Meet was the first meet last year when I ran under 15.50 (I ran a 15.05) and it really helped me become more confident in myself and in my abilities. The 2016 Subsection Meet was also an important meet for me because it was the first time I had ran sub 15 (I ran 14.89) and it showed me how capable I was of placing high at the State Meet. That meet proved to me that hard work really does pay off. 

Do you think your dance background has been helpful to you as a hurdler and/or jumper?

My dance background has been extremely helpful with my hurdling and jumping abilities. My flexibility has come from dance, and has helped me with my hurdling technique. Dance has also helped me become more aware of body placement, which has helped me with jumps and hurdles as well.