Athlete Profile: Chris Wilson

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Name: Chris Wilson
Sport: Track
Events: 55/60m, 100m, 200m, 4x100m relay
Hometown: Honolulu, Hawaii
Major: Criminology
Year in School: Senior

What is the best part of running track?
The competition, personal and team success.

When and why did you start running?
I started running in eighth grade because one of my friends said the team was coed, so we could meet new girls.

What is your favorite thing about track?
My favorite thing would have to be my relationship with my teammates. It makes the competition experience that much better.

Why did you come to MSU?
I originally came to MSU on a football scholarship, and played for two years before transferring to track.

What do you do to prepare before a race?
My race preparation consists of intense self-motivation and music. I focus on the actual race and visualize myself running and finishing every race.

Do you plan to continue competing in track in the future?
As with any athlete, I would love to pursue a track career, although reaching elite status as a runner is difficult.

What do you think is the key to your success as a student-athlete?
Taking advantage of the resources provided.

Have you received any awards while running track?
I have Big Sky Conference gold medals in the 60m, 100m and 4x100m relay, as well as school records in all three of these events. I have also been Big Sky Conference Athlete of the Week. Additionally, I have numerous high school track awards.

Is there a person or quote that inspires you?
Everyone that I have a close bond with inspires me. My inspiration comes from those who have supported me thus far.

What do you like to do in your free time?
I love listening to music as well as people watching; I find it entertaining to observe my surroundings.

What is your favorite class at MSU and why?
This semester it would have to be my technology and society class. Lidia is one of the most easy-going and down-to-earth professors I’ve ever had.

What would you like to tell students/readers about MSU track and field?
Come to our track meets and support our team. We are one of the many overlooked sports at MSU, as well as on a global scale. The level of competition we engage in is high and we have great athletes all around.