Athlete Profile: John MacDonald

Sport:  Men’s Track and Field
Hometown:  Billings, Mont.
Major:  Chemistry
Year in School: Junior
How long involved in Track: Since fourth grade

What event do you compete in and what does it entail?
I’m a sprinter so if I can run faster than the others I win.

Why did you start running?
I started running track because I always listened to my dad’s stories of sprinting and his times. I wanted to beat my dad.

What is your favorite thing about track and why?
While running is fun, the bonds I’ve made between the athletes I run and train with will outlast how long I can compete in the sport.

Why did you come to MSU?
I was originally going to play football for Carroll College, but coach [Dale Kennedy] got a hold of me and said if I run certain times by state he could offer me a scholarship. Long story short I ran those times and so here I am.

What is your motivation before a competition?
I just want to go out, have fun and stay relaxed; whatever happens, happens.

Do you plan to continue competing in track after graduation?
No. I’m ready to focus on a career, but I might go for an occasional five-minute jog.

What do you think is the key to your success as a student-athlete?
Time management is important.

Do you have any awards or achievements you have received while involved in track?
I am part of the all class state record 4×100 team for high schools in Montana. I have also earned an Academic All-Conference award.

Do you have an inspirational person or quote?
“Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:34

Do you have any other hobbies/activities/interests?
I work in a chemistry lab on campus. I also enjoy building computers and tinkering with them.

What is your favorite class at MSU and why?
I’d have to say organic chemistry because it’s like a big puzzle that continues being put together.

Is there anything else you would like to tell students/readers about MSU track?
The group of individuals who workout put so much of their time into the sport that everything else comes second. They are a great group of individuals and it is an honor to compete with all of them.