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Augie Talks with Michael Johnson

Q: You’re off to a fast start to your season. What was your off-season preparation like?

A: The summer consisted of me working out with Jeff Rose and the athletic development program. He gave me this regimen to follow through and it was kind of tough. With it being summer you want to rest and chill with friends and eat chips on the couch. I had to get up every day, early in the morning, and put in the work and it’s finally starting to pay off.

Q: Describe any emotions or thoughts you had about breaking your record in the 60-meter dash and then breaking it again the following week to claim the fastest time in all of the NCAA DIII?

A: It was weird because last year I had been on the cusp of breaking it and then at conference I broke the meet record and the conference record along with the school record as well… it was really nice to see that. I just wanted to push myself and see how far I can go. This year came around and with all the work I put in over the summer, within the first couple of weeks I was able to see a huge improvement right off the bat so when I broke it the first time I was excited!

Q: How do you stay motivated when the records you are setting out to break are your own?

A: A good way to stay motivated is I remind myself that no matter how fast you are, there is always someone faster than you and there is always a kid out-working you some place. Just keeping that in mind I want to be at the top and I know I have a target on my back. I have to work twice as hard as the other kid who is working as hard as me…so I’m trying to maintain my position and just be humble and keep rolling.

Q: With this being your last season, what do you hope to accomplish by the end of this journey?

A: By the end of the season, if I run 6.6 seconds [in the 60m dash] I can technically turn professional. If I run 6.6 hopefully I can get some sponsors and turn professional. I would like run overseas somewhere or stay here and run. It just depends…I want to see how far it goes.

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