Built for Speed

Junior David Dickens is already an All-American this year by finishing 9th in nationals during the indoor season last month. So far in the outdoor season, he is doing even better. This past weekend at the Spec Towns Team Invitational, he recorded a personal best and Georgia record in the 200 meters and qualified for the NCAA regionals in May. David also excels in the 400 meters and on the 4x400 meter relay team. Recently he sat down with me and told me how the outdoor season is going so far.

Dave McMahon -- You are from Marietta, how important is it for the Georgia Bulldogs to recruit in-state talent such as yourself?

David Dickens -- It is very important. Every year the talent pool in the state of Georgia is big. We need to keep them here so they can compete for Georgia.

DM -- Did you always want to come to Georgia?

DD -- Pretty much. I liked it here and it is only 1 1/2 hours away from home.

DM -- Last week, you won at a home meet in Athens, how special is it winning at home?

DD -- It was very good. I like seeing people in the crowd that you know, plus my mom was there so that was great.

DM -- How long have you been competing in track?

DD -- Since 5th grade, I played a little football when I was younger, but I always ran track.

DM -- Most of the sprinters on the team are freshmen, you being a junior, do you consider yourself a leader to rest of the team?

DD -- Sometimes... they come up to me for advice and I tell them to relax and run like they do at practice and they will be fine.

DM -- What is your best time in the 200 meters?

DD -- 20.92 seconds... I just did this past weekend which qualified me for the NCAA regionals.

DM -- You finished 9th in Nationals during the indoor season, can you do better than that during the outdoor season?

DD -- I think so, I like outdoors better. Indoors are too tighly packed. Also, I think I am focused more now. I am running with better form.

DM -- Do you have any track heroes?

DD -- I like Michael Johnson because he runs the same events as I do. I would like to meet him.

DM -- When you were little and kids used to ask you to race... did you ever lose?

DD -- One kid that I grew up that is now runs for Baylor beat me, but that is about it.

DM -- Thank you for your time and good luck in future races.

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