April 22, 2009
Freshman Amaechi Morton has enjoyed a successful beginning to his Stanford career, highlighted by his record-breaking performance in the 400-meter hurdles last weekend at the Big Meet. Morton broke the 38-year-old Stanford record of Randy White with a time of 50.11 seconds. The time is the fifth-fastest time in the nation this year.
Amaechi was kind enough to answer a few questions for gostanford.com.
Describe your outstanding performance this past weekend at Big Meet.
My performance this weekend was a much better one then Texas Relays. I knew I would be racing the guy from Cal who's PR is faster than mine, but I did not let that get to me. I feel like I got out pretty even with the field, but after the second hurdle I felt like it was my race to lose. My stride pattern was good for the first fivr hurdles and i stretched a little for the sixth one, then began to alternate legs. Coming down the final straight away I was unaware of where everyone was, so I just kept it together to bring it home. The day before the race I saw that the meet record was 49.9 and I know that I am capable of that, so that was the goal for the day in addition to getting the five points to help for the team win.
What are your thoughts on your performance?
I would say there is definitely still room for improvement, but that is what practice is for. Also, I feel like I have a lot more in me because I was not tired after I crossed the finish line. I am just thankful that I am healthy and able to compete and run good times. I was also happy that I was able to get five points for my team because we needed it.
What events do you participate in and which is your favorite?
I participate in the 400 and 400 hurdles. The 400 hurdles is my favorite by far. It is way more exciting then running a flat out 400.
What is one of your favorite memories from this year running track?
One of my favorite memories from running track this year would be when we almost missed out flight from Seattle because we decided to run the 4x400-meter relay. That night was funny. First we had bad directions and then we were stuck in traffic. But eventually, we made it. It was not good though because I was so hungry on the plane.
What is your year, major and what do you plan to do this summer?
I am a Freshman and my major is undecided. This summer I will be attending summer school here and working somewhere unknown at the moment.
What other activities/groups/organizations are you involved in at Stanford?
I am invloved with CSA (Caribbean Students Association). I want to be more active next year.
What are your personal season goals? Team goals?
My personal goals for this season would be to earn All-American status and to lower my school record in the 400 hurdles. The team goals are to win Pac-10's and NCAA's.