Tuesday, May 8, 2012

5 Questions with Austin Mudd

Austin Mudd at Payton Jordan
 (Photo: TrackAndFieldPhoto)
Today we have 5 Questions with the fastest freshman in the 1500 meters so far this year. He'll be ramping up for the Big Ten Outdoor Championships next weekend, before preparing for the NCAA Regionals (and Nationals) with the Wisconsin Badgers.

Austin Mudd has one of those kicks that you know is coming, but there's not much you can do to take the sting out of it. He burst onto the scene last year, running 4:01.83 at the Adidas Dream Mile. Most recently, he ran the 8th best 800 in Wisconsin school history with a 1:47.68 at the Mt. Sac Relays. His 3:40.87 in the 1500 at the Payton Jordan Invitational was the 10th best in school history and showed major promise for what's to come. Follow him on Twitter here.

5 Questions with Austin Mudd

1. Writing About Running: Congrats on the big PR and win in your heat at Payton Jordan. Did the race work out to your plan and did the time surprise you?

Austin Mudd: Thanks! I actually talked a little strategy with a teammate before the race and everything went as planned. I wanted to stay towards the front of the pack and then swing outside with 400 to go. I was staring at the clock coming down the last 100 and I was actually pretty surprised when I saw the time, I'll take a 5 second PR any day!

2. Writing About Running: You had an excellent prep career in Indiana running 4:01.83 for the mile and 1:49.25 for the 800. What high school accomplishment were you most proud of and why?

Austin Mudd: I was most proud of my state meet senior year. I couldn't have asked for a better day. I was happy enough to break one record, so the second was icing on the cake. We also won the 4x400 relay and it was a really cool experience to share with my teammates; it's definitley something I will never forget!

3. Writing About Running: You joined a historic program for college in Madison. What made you choose to become a Wisconsin Badger?

Austin Mudd: I was drawn to UW Madison because the campus is absolutley beautiful! I also think Mick is a great coach and the team dynamic is very comforting.

Mudd was a high school phenom
 in Indiana at Center Grove
4. Writing About Running: With Big 10's coming up in less than 2 weeks. Have you and Coach Byrne decided on which event(s) you'll be focusing on there and for the rest of your freshman season?

Austin Mudd: I believe I am running the 800 at Big Ten's, but we haven't really discussed plans for the rest of the year.

5. Writing About Running: With all the incredible performances at Payton Jordan Sunday? Aside from your own, what were some of your favorites and how'd it feel to be around so many accomplished runners?

Austin Mudd: The atmosphere was awesome and it was great to see so many world class performances! (Lopez) Lomong's 5k was pretty exciting but I have to say that watching team mate Mohamed Ahmed run a 27:34 10,000 to qualify for the Canadian olympic team was pretty sweet. Congrats Mo!

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