Athlete Profile: Asa Stavens

Name:  Asa Stavens
Sport:  Track and Field
Hometown:  Georgetown, Texas
Major:  Fish and wildlife management; minor in entomology
Year in School:  Fifth-year senior
How long involved in Track and Field:  Since sixth grade.

What event do you compete in and what does it entail?
The decathlon during the outdoor season and heptathlon during the indoor season.

Why did you join Track and Field?
I was energetic as a kid and liked to run around and participate in a lot of sports.  In track you run as fast and jump as high as you can. It’s straight up talent.

What is your favorite thing about Track and Field, and why?
Progression, getting better over the years and seeing myself make progress.

What is your motivation before a competition?
I lie around a lot to keep my mind off it, then right before I listen to a favorite song.

Do you plan to continue competing in Track and Field after graduation?
It depends how the outdoor season goes and if I make it to the Olympic trials.  I’m also looking at going to graduate school. It would be hard to do that and train.

What do you think is the key to your success as a student athlete?
You have to balance practicing three to four hours a day and school. You have to keep your GPA up.  Training comes second, being a student comes first.

Are there any awards or achievements you have received while involved in Track and Field?
All conference pole vault, high jump, long jump and heptathlon. Field athlete of the meet. Several Athlete of the Week awards and a recently broken school record in the heptathlon.

Why did you come to Montana State?
The outdoor aspect and the familiarity.  We went to Livingston for summer break, and both my sisters live here.

What is your favorite class at MSU and why?
Ornithology and mammalogy. The professors are fun and energetic and I like learning about animals.

Is there anything else you would like to tell students/readers about MSU Track and Field?
We would like more people to watch the meets. Meets are on Fridays and students get in for free.