Joel Smith Talks Hurdles - An Interview

Joel SmithMounds View Class of 2018

Joel was born in Maplewood, Minnesota but doesn't recall living there.  He has spent most of his life in Mounds View.  His first sport was basketball which he started as a five year old.  After that came soccer, football, and track & field. He has earned multiple letters as a varsity athlete in football and track & field. He is about 5-11 and 155 pounds.

Personal Bests

110 High Hurdles - 14.98

300 Meter Hurdles - 37.81 (MN #9 All-Time)

400 Relay Split - 48.7


2017 MSHSL State Meet

300m Hurdles - 1st Place;

4x400m Relay - 4th Place

110m Hurdles - 12th Place


Can you tell me about your coaches?

Ross Fleming is the head coach and is inspirational to the entire team for many reasons in addition to the fact he has been at Mounds View for many years.  Mike Goldman is the hurdles coach and used to be an assistant at the University of Iowa.  Joel said that he had a lot of help from past athletes when he was a freshman.


Who else is in your family?

I have a twin brother Micah. I was born two minutes before him, but he looks older than me. He runs track and does the 4x400, 4x200, the open 400, and long jump. I also have three other brothers, including another set of twins who are 5 year old. My whole family is very supportive.


What have been some of the adversities you have faced, and how did you deal with them?

During my sophomore year in football, on the first play of the second game of the season, I broke my left wrist. Then in the fourth quarter, I broke my ankle. I had to put in a lot of extra work getting back into shape, but I had exercises from both my doctor and our school trainer


Who are your main competitors in the 300 Hurdles?

Tyler Sealock of Osseo and my teammate Josh Sampson.

Have you watched college or professional athletes?

Yes, I watch videos of them on Instagram.


What would you say to a younger you?

The biggest things are to stop procrastinating and read the Bible more. 


How have you set goals in the past?

Last year I used a note book as a goal book.  After every meet I would write down what my next hurdles or 400 split would be.  For example, if I ran a 51-second 400, the next goal might be to run under 51.


How do you think the Mounds View Mustangs boys team will do this spring?

Last year, Mounds View finished 3rd in the State True Team Meet, won both section meets, and conference.  We feel that we should be better because we compare so well to the 2007 team which was one of the best teams in our school's history. That was the year our 4x400 went 3:14, which is the state record. 

 Our hurdler group is a bunch of misfits. Coach Goldman has a lot of stories to tell about life and college.