Q: Tell us a bit about yourself ?
A: For the many that don’t know me, I come from a small South Eastern Indiana town called Batesville. Population about 6,500 where we’re famous for manufacturing caskets, believe it or not. I just recently graduated from the University of Notre Dame, class of 2015, with a degree in Management Entrepreneurship from the Mendoza College of Business. I’ve basically been in Indiana all my life. In fact, upon graduation I decided to stay around campus and train at Notre Dame with my same college coach, Alan Turner. Being from Indiana, I naturally love basketball so go Pacers! When I’m not training or working my part-time job, you can find my watching tv/movies.
Q: If we are being honest, the first time we saw you compete was at World Indoors and it definitely put you on the map after two amazing rounds of splits. How did it feel becoming a World Champion and did you expect to split the times you did ?
A: Being a world champion is something that I’ll remember for the rest of my life! That moment of watching the American flag being hoisted from atop the podium is unlike any other experience I’ve had to this day. I’m very blessed and fortunate to have had that opportunity, but I knew I could split well going in to the world championships. To be honest, coming out of blocks is my biggest weakness, but when you give me the baton on the run I don’t have any weaknesses. Having the hometown fans cheering for USA helped me push even more and I’m glad I was able to extend the lead for Norwood to bring it home.
Q :What goals have you set for yourself for the 2016 season ?
A: This is my first year out of college and it happens to be one of the biggest years for our sport, so obviously one of my goals is to make that Olympic Team. My other goal was to make the Indoor World Team. I’ve never run in a USA jersey before on any level so mission accomplished. Now to achieve the next.
Q : If you had to be stuck on an island with 3 people who are currently part of your life, who would they be and why ?
A: I’m probably going to lose some friends over this one, but I’d take My brother, Tyler, my college roommate Kevin Byrne, and my current roommate/training partner Pat Feeney. Singularly I get along exceptionally well with them, and have experienced living with each of them at some point. I think strategically, that bodes well for our survival. Collectively, this group knows how to have a good time, so we’d not only survive, but we’d have fun doing it lol.
Q : What are you thoughts on Russia being banned from the Olympics. do you think it’s fair to ban clean athletes because of the dirty athletes discretion in Russia . Also how would u feel as an athlete if your entire country was banned but you were one of the clean athletes. In other words if the shoe was on the other foot would you think it’s fair ?
A : I don’t follow along too closely with what’s going on in Russian Athletics, but I guess if the situation was reversed and I was banned because the U.S. as a whole was banned, then the situation in the U.S. must be pretty bad for the IAAF to decide that. I trust the IAAF and WADA to do their due diligence and make the correct decision on whatever sanctions are imposed. I’m all for a clean sport, and I support the USATF in helping our countries athletes play fair. Integrity is what it’s all about. Indiana corn fed diet for me.
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