Seven track athletes will represent UNM at this years NCAA Outdoor Championships. The Championships are once again in Eugene, Oregon, and will run June 6-9. Two stand out athletes from UNM addressed the media on Thursday, and both seemed ready for the task at hand.
“You know every championship is different and every experience i have had so far has been very different in the ways that i approach it and the hurdles that have had to jump to get into the position that i am in now. So, i have learned from each championship and i am in a good place for this one”, said UNM’s Josh Kerr.
Kerr is a 1500 meter phenom, as he comes into this race ranked at the top of the field. Kerr is also looking to do what no other athlete has done before and that is complete the outdoor and indoor sweep of the 1500/mile for a 2nd consecutive year. This does add more pressure on the shoulders of Kerr, but he seems to welcome the pressure.
“I’ve kind of been used to it now and it is a lot funner now, especially when you pull it off, and when people are watching you rather than someone else. It does add that little bit of extra pressure, but it makes it all that much sweeter when it works out”, said Josh Kerr.
Ednah Kurgat also spoke to the media on Thursday, and the reigning cross country national champ is now looking to take a title on the track in the women’s 5000 meter. She hasn’t competed at the outdoor championships since 2016, but she has improved quite a bit from then and she is ready to give it all she has.
“For the track i have never competed since 2016. So its a long period of time since i have competed in championship outdoor track. I was 4th in 2016, so i am hoping i can produce a great improvement, based on that”, said Ednah Kurgat.