Junior Vincent Wyatt was last year’s Radford athlete of the year and is a multiple time Big South track and field athlete of the week and currently set the Big South 110-meter hurdles with a time of 13.72.
Wyatt competes in many different events for track and field but he is most notably recognized for doing the 60-meter hurdles and the 110-meter hurdles. Wyatt’s accomplishments at hurdling personally mean a lot to him.
“They mean everything, it is not something that I take for granted.” Wyatt said. He uses the notice of his accomplishments for motivational reasons.
“It is motivational people taking notice it makes me feel like I am doing what I’m supposed to do and it pushes me to keep going,” he said.
Wyatt though makes it clear it is not all about the awards to him however, “when your competing you are not thinking about what it is for you are just thinking about running good times, it is not even all about winning it is about running good times.” An attitude that has served Wyatt well this far in his career.
Last season Wyatt was very close to getting to go to nationals, a goal he looks to accomplish this year. Wyatt says, “Last year, outdoor season I was one spot away from nationals I would like to make it to nationals this year.” For Wyatt that means to keep working hard on the track, “as far as times, just keep working and keep getting my times down as much as possible.” The national track and field championship is in Eugene Oregon on June 11th through the 14th.
Wyatt competed in the Texas Relays this past weekend, an event he has not been to before but is excited to compete in.
“I have heard a lot of good stuff about it, it is supposed to be really competitive, so I am excited to go.” Wyatt is just happy to be competing in the event. He stated, “I am not too big on wining, I do not care if I come in last place if I run a personal record, I am just as happy as the person who won.”
Coming up for the Radford’s men track and field team is conferences which are in Rock Hill S.C at Winthrop University campus. Wyatt is hoping to keep his successful season going and end up advancing to the next level of competitions which are regionals, USA outdoors and nationals.
“If I could qualify for each bigger event that is amazing,” he said. Wyatt’s Big South record in the 110-meter hurdles currently is the top time in the NCAA according to BigSouthsports.com.