Singleton of one mind

Chris Singleton has been there before. In a way, the Husky tailback was one of the trailblazers, along with James Sims and Will Conwell when talking about the infusion of football talent that has embraced track during their 'second season'. And for Chris, it's nothing new. In fact he'd probably feel a little weird having excess free time if he wasn't occupied either in the weight room, Dempsey Indoor, at Husky Stadium or in class.

"I don't know anything else," Chris told "Ever since I was an athlete I've been doing sports and balancing school. It's how I was brought up. It's hard work, but I like it. Doing it all at the same time is a little new and the workouts are more intense, but it's just a matter of adapting to it and getting used to it and making the best of it."

When Singleton was prepping at Etiwanda High School in Rancho Cucamonga, California, he was known as a speed merchant, both on and off the field. While he tearing it up for the Eagles football team, he was also burning up the oval. His PR for the 100 was 10.56 and 21.4 for 200 meters. He also competed in the Long Jump and High Jump events, going 24-3 and 6-6, respectively.

Chris is at a 7.02 for the 60 meters, 22-8 outdoors last year and 21-11.75 indoors this year in the Long Jump. Those marks aren't reminiscent of the Singleton of old, but Chris isn't really reminiscent of himself either.

He's grown up. Or, more to the point - he's grown. Combine that with a rigorous off-season football conditioning schedule on top of schoolwork and normal track training, and you can see why his numbers aren't quite what they used to be.

But they are a starting point.

"It does affect us, and some more than others," Singleton said of the arduous daily routine. "But Shelton (Sampson) is doing great. The thing for me it's more about learning how to run at a heavier weight (207 pounds). I weigh more than I did last year."

And Chris knows that if he continues to put in the work and listens to sprints coach Dion Miller, all the time spent will pay big dividends down the road. "Coach Miller has been a positive influence," he said. "He tries to relate things to how it's going to help me in football. He's a real good coach.

"It's all workouts, conditioning your body to produce what you want. Football compliments track and track compliments football. It's all about running and getting in shape."

And having his best friend Reggie Williams training with him is giving Chris a sense of enjoyment he didn't necessarily have last year. That, coupled with a better handle on the daily grind, has Singleton looking for bigger and better things as the track team moves outside in the coming weeks. He's looking for a spot on one of the 4X100 relay teams that will invariably be shooting to break that mythical 40-second barrier.

There's a possibility of two 4X100 teams comprised of football players competing this spring. Imagine the competition.

"Anything that can shed some light on the track program is a good thing," Chris said of the players' involvement. "We can help the track program, but we can have fun too.

"If we're enjoying ourselves, it's all good."

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