Interview by Deserai Lucas, senior
Senior Austin Smith broke the 14.7 110 hurdle record that has been on the books since 1984 with a time of 14.41.
Q: How did you feel about breaking the record?
A: “I felt kinda shocked and stunned that I actually did, and by the amount that I did. 3/10 doesn’t sound like that much in a race, but in that short amount of distance 3/10 is a lot.”
Q: What did it mean to you?
A: “It meant a little bit to me, and I had the goal to break the record since freshman year, but it meant more to my dad because he wanted to see me break it more than I did.”
Q: How long have you worked to break the record?
A: “In between eighth grade year and freshman year and all the way up until junior year I worked with a special hurdle coach in the summer and in the winters specifically for hurdles outside of track practice. So I’ve been doing it for quite a while.”
Q: How did your parents react/feel?
A: “My mom was ecstatic, and dad tried to act humble but he kind of teared up too.”
Q: Do you have any other goals for the rest of the season?
A: “I want to make it to state this year in hurdles, and I want to try to break my own record.”