Jason Fast, head coach of the men’s and women’s track and field teams, took some time to answer some questions about his team’s performance this past weekend, which included first place finishes by sophomores Will Nichols, who won the 100 meter with a time of 11.44, and Mikaela Hintz, who won the 400 meter with a time of 1:03.55, as well another record breaking performance from Josh Janusiak.
Wyatt Lee: Will Nichols had a productive weekend, nabbing another first place finish. Can you briefly comment on Will as a sprinter and comment about how he performed this weekend? What do you expect from him going forward?
Jason Fast: Will is a great competitor; he wants to win every race he runs. I’m confident he’ll be competing to be one of the best 100 and 200 meter runners in our conference once our championship rolls around.
WL: Mikaela Hintz had a first place finish herself in the 400 meter, as well as a top three finish as part of her relay. Can you comment on her part in scoring on the women’s side?
JF: This was a great race for Mikaela. She dominated the race from the gun. Once she gets some better conditions and competition her times will really start to drop. I’m excited to see what the rest of the season holds for her.
WL: Josh Janusiak has been outstanding this year, setting another school record last weekend. What makes Janusiak so special? Can you describe his personality and running style?
JF: Josh is an exceptional competitor and, personality-wise, he’s a fun guy who has a great sense of humor. On top of all of that he works extremely hard. One of his best attributes though is how much he buys into our program and what we expect of our student-athletes in order to be great. He follows the program both at practice and not at practice. He makes the choices necessary to be great every day.
WL: What can you expect from the team moving forward and towards conference competition?
JF: We want to build off this great week of performances and continue to improve and be at our best once the conference and national championships roll around.
WL: Is there anything else you’d like to add or any other athletes who deserve recognition for their work this past week?
JF: Brielle Petit had another huge PR in the hammer throw and has increased her PR by over six meters to start the season!