December 29, 2010

GETTING TO KNOW: AUSTIN SARGENT

RICHMOND, Va. - Most of the student-athletes at VCU may be on winter vacation, but VCUathletics.com still wanted to keep their fans in touch and getting the inside scoop on the people behind the Black & Gold jerseys.

Austin Sargent is an upcoming star in the throws events on the VCU men's track & field program and before heading into the break he sat down with VCU Athletic Communications Student Assistant Scott Wyant to give us some more information on how he became a potential throwing standout.

SW: Why did you decide to come to VCU?
AS: I decided to come to VCU after my first semester in college. The choice was easy because after going to a school without a track team I realized that I wasn't going to be happy unless I had a chance to play college sports. So I transferred to VCU and joined the team.

SW: What is your favorite thing to do at VCU?
AS: I love going to Cary town and seeing a movie at the Byrd theater or grabbing a bite to eat.

SW: Who has been the biggest influence in your Track & Field career?
AS: The biggest influence in my Track & Field career so far has to be my coach, Ethan Tussing, because he is the first actual throws coach that I have ever had. I have learned so much just working with him this semester alone.

SW: How did you get your start with the throwing events?
AS: I got my start in throwing events because my high school football coach was also an assistant coach on the track team and he persuaded me to come out one season. I ended up being decent so I stuck with it.

SW: What do you hope to accomplish this season?
AS: This season I want to beat my personal record in Shot Put and I would like to become a great hammer thrower too.

SW: What is the hardest part of a practice?
AS: The hardest part of practice is an ab workout that we do called Pillar. It is hard but fulfilling to get through.

SW: Do you have any pre-meet rituals?
AS: I don't really have any pre-meet rituals.

SW: What is something most people don't know about you?
AS: Most people don't know that I spend a ton of time studying everyday at the library... even when I don't have any homework.

SW: What is the best part of being a student athlete?
AS: The best part about being a student athlete is always having a big group of friends in my teammates.

QUICK HITS

Favorite place to eat in Richmond: Chipotle
Athlete: Ulf Timmermann
Class: Public Relations Graphics
Movie: Full Metal Jacket
Part of a meet: Watching my teammates do well
Dream job: Talent agent working in LA or NYC
Quote: "When you want it as bad as you want to breathe, then you will be successful." - Eric Thomas

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