Track & Field

    Hoosiers Set for USATF Junior Championships

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    July 3, 2014

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – This week four IU student-athletes on the track and field team will travel to Eugene, Ore., for the USATF Junior Outdoor Championships. Tre’tez Kinnaird (800m), Chanli Mundy (5,000m), Andrew Miller (hammer throw) and Eric Claxton (1500m) will represent Indiana at the meet July 5-6.

    In the final part of our series, Andrew Miller and Eric Claxton talk about their first year in Bloomington.

    Andrew Miller

    On the transition from high school to college

    “Transitioning from high school to college is obviously difficult for every track athlete because of the change in the workload, but it's especially difficult for the throwers since we also change the weight of the implements. Overall, the season has been decent. I have a really great group of teammates that is extremely supportive, and an even more impressive coach that has really turned me into a student of the events.”


    On his most memorable moment this season

    “My most memorable moment would probably be the indoor meet at IU when I PR'd, which put me as #2 in the Under-20 list in the nation. Most of my other memories are just things at practice that have happened between all of us. The throwers are a group with a lot of personality, that's for sure.”


    On what you are most looking forward to in compete at USATF Juniors



    “Obviously my goal is to qualify for the team, which is in reach for me if I have a good day. That being said, it will be my first time throwing in the IU uniform, so that in and of itself will be a great moment for me. Not to mention my family and friends will be at the meet because it's pretty close. I've thrown in Eugene on multiple occasions, so that will take away some of the pressure for me.”


    Eric Claxton

    On the transition from high school to college

    “The transition from high school to college was tough at first because it was hard to maintain good study habits, get the right amount of sleep, and run well in difficult workouts. It definitely took some time getting used to the busy schedule of a student-athlete. On the other hand, I felt well prepared when it came to academics my first year. Carroll always seems to do an excellent job of preparing their students for college.”


    On memorable moments from freshman year

    “I've had too many memorable moments at IU, and it's only been a year. Whether it's battling through the last rep of a workout with my teammates, competing in races, laughing nonstop at training tables from the hilarious conversations, or simply just getting to know my teammates, I couldn't have asked for a more memorable freshman year.”


    On his improvement over the year

    “I believe my endurance has improved because I've been granted the opportunity to run mile after mile with some of the best runners in the nation. Switching from 50 miles my senior year of high school to 70 miles my freshman year of college was a big jump, but I think it made a positive impact. I feel as if I've grown mentally stronger this year as well. The workouts don't allow you to be mentally weak, so I learned quickly that you have to think confidently all the time.”


    On competing at the USATF Junior Championships

    “I'm really looking forward to wearing the IU uniform for the first time. That means so much to me as a redshirt because I'll finally get to feel like I'm representing my team. Also, I can't wait to get back out on the track since I haven't raced in two months. I can't think of a better way to end my outdoor track season this year than to go to Eugene, Oregon and compete against some of the best runners my age.” 


    The 2014 USATF Junior Outdoor Championships will serve as a qualifier for the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships. Top performers will be part of the American team that will have the unique opportunity to return to Eugene from July 22-27. The 2014 edition of the IAAF World Junior Championships marks the first time the event has ever been held in the United States.









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