A Quick Sprint Talk With Abner Moseti


Abner Moseti, Edina High School Class of 2018

Personal Records:

60 indoors:  7.34

100 meters:  11.28

200 indoors:  23.68

400 meters:  49.19

800 meters:  2:06 

5K cross country:  17:52.40

Long Jump:  18' 6 ¼"

 

MSHSL state meet record:

2017:  6th place 400 meter dash; 3rd place 4x400; 12th place 4x200

2016:  14th place 400 meter dash; 5th place 4x400

 

Where were you born and what sports did you play growing up?

I was born in Nairobi, Kenya.  When I was five years old we moved to America so I do not remember living in that country.  When I was young I played lots of games in the neighborhood and at the YMCA.  These games included tag, kickball, and pickup games in other sports too.  I also played basketball from grades 7-10 and soccer in 9th grade.  I tried cross country for a year at Edina High School and finished second in the Victoria Lions Invitational early in the season my junior year but found this sport was not for me.  I have been in track & field from 7-12.

 

What sports do you play now?

Mostly track although this is very involved for me and I also weight train at Twin Cities Orthopedics which is where our trainers teach us sports performance.  I belong to the St. Louis Park Flyers Track Club.  I also have run in the USATF Nationals Track & Field Meet.  Most recently on February 11th I ran a 51.94 400 meter dash indoors at the Spire Scholastic Showcase in Geneva, Ohio.

 

Who has coached you?

My current coaches are head coach David Boone, who coaches me in the sprint events, and Nate Bahr the jumps coach at my high school.  My main past coaches were my big brothers:  Samuel Moseti was a 2016 Edina graduate who now runs for Northern State University, and Nathan Moseti graduated in 2013.  My older brothers showed faith in me and also inspired me to run the 400 meter dash.  When I was younger I only wanted to run the 100 and 200, but they convinced me that I had the endurance, and all I had to do was learn race strategy to perform well in the 400!

Coach Boone gave me this advice:  "To get faster in the 100 you need to work on starts, to improve your 200, you need to work on the 400."


What adversities have you had in sports and what were your solutions?

The main thing I learned is that you have to keep your head up after an injury.

As a sophomore playing for the school basketball team I broke my ankle.  I was out for two months because of this injury.  The doctor diagnosed it as a hairline fracture and put me in a boot for 1 ½ months.  I did take off the boot for exercises with a trainer, but had to wear it the rest of the time.  We did a lot of work with rubber bands.

I also spent this time icing the injury a lot!  After that period of time I went to see the doctor again and he determined I could take the boot off.  He still said I had to be very careful but that I could go without the boot.

In April I was able to begin running.  Even though I had to take all this time off, I was able to improve my freshman 400 meter dash from 53.41 to 49.98!