What is it like being part of such a successful track and field program?

It’s really special. Our team has so much depth, and we have so many guys that can score in multiple events. There is never one person doing all the work, which makes this team so strong and a powerhouse.

As a team, you guys have won so many meets and invitationals. Is it hard not to take winning for granted sometimes?

Absolutely, we go into every meet knowing that we’re the target. We definitely have a lot of confidence, but we never get too carried away. We always focus and compete like it’s a championship meet.

What is your favorite part about competing with the guys on the Oakdale team?

The brotherhood! Our team is just a great group of guys who all get along with each other. We all love competing with each other, and our team wouldn’t be as good as we are without everyone.

You are an accomplished distance runner that has qualified for states in four different races. What do you enjoy the most about running long distances?

I love how much time you have to think during a race compared to a sprint race. Distance runners have from two minutes to 10 minutes to change their speed or think strategically about their race, unlike sprinters who only have 10 to 60 seconds to think about theirs.

What is the most memorable race you have ever run?

My most memorable race I have run in was the Lake Braddock Hall of Fame meet when I ran a personal best 9 minutes, 40 seconds in the [3,200-meter run].

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