Running Like An Elk

(Photo provided by Antonio Judson-Red Elk)

First of all, how did you first get involved with running?

My former coach told me I should try XC, so I gave it a shot in 8th grade and by the end of the season I fell in love with running because it felt so natural.

What are all your personal records, including XC?

My 400 PR is technically a relay split with a 54.1, my 800 is also relay split with a 2:01, 1600 is 4:29, 3200(one of my favorite races) 9:22, and my XC 5K is 15:43.

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

I played basketball from 3rd grade to 8th grade, I played football for a year, baseball, I did hockey when I was around 2, I gave soccer a shot in 7th grade but I ended up quitting before the end of the season. I also tried rock climbing but I have to say running is my sweetheart.

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

That's a tough one, I'm going to have to go with state cross country meet because even though I was the only guy on my team who made it a lot of the guys showed up to cheer me on!

Other than your own teammates, who are some of your favorite athletes to compete against?

Zack Emery from LaCrescent because I've raced him since day one and he's made me a better runner. A few other runners that I wish I had more opportunities to race against would be Khalid Hussein, Gemechu Meskele, Jeremy Gilbertson, and Grant Price because they're a very talented group of guys and whenever I've raced them they've brought the best out of me.

Who are some people that have been most helpful to you in your athletic career?

My mom because she's always told me I could do anything I set my mind to. My coaches because they've never given up on me and gone out of their way to help me achieve my goals, and the people who walk up to me to tell me they loved watching me run even when I'm not at my best.