The Western Herald sat down with Iris Campbell, student and track athlete at Western Michigan University, to chat about her aspirations.
Q. What are you doing to prepare for the MAC Championship?
A. Right now I’m just going to practice, getting the speed work in, staying focused, and making sure I’m getting enough sleep and getting my homework done. We are working on speed work, block starts, sprints, and short distance drills to improve our reaction time. The coach does reaction drills where he claps and we clap after, just so we stay sharp for the MAC.
Q. Do you have a goal time in mind?
A. For MAC, it would be nice to break the record for the 200 meter and in the hurdles. I have the record in the 200 meter, but I would like to break it again. Anything that would qualify me for nationals would be good.
Q. Is there a chance you could qualify for the Olympic trials?
A. We’ll see right now, that is the overall goal in the end. I’m going to keep working towards that and I think my best event is the 400 meter hurdles and I’m trying to make it as far as I can. If I do make it, I would be happy that’s what I am working for, but if I keep beating my personal records, than that’s fine too. Just keep improving that is the key, but yes that would be nice.
Q. What is your favorite event to run?
A. I really like running the 200 dash, but since I’ve been here the coach has exposed me to other things like the 400 meter dash and 400 meter hurdles, but the favorite of all events would still be running a 200 meter dash.
Q. Do you prefer running relays or individual competitions?
A. It really depends, when we have a good relay put together its fun. It pushes you to run faster because you have other teammates depending on you to run faster and pass the baton around. When we don’t have a good relay, I prefer more technical events like long jump that requires different skills than just running.
Q. What is the best time you’ve run so far this year?
A. The best performance would have been my 400 meter at Notre Dame. I ran a 55.15 sec dash and years before I have run a 56 sec dash. To see such a difference so early in the season really showed me how much stronger I can be and continue to improve.