Catching Up with Amaechi Morton
April 28, 2010
GoStanford.com: Tell us how you have changed as an athlete and student since you came to Stanford.
Morton: I believe as an athlete I have definitely matured. I feel that the more I compete and train, the more aware I become of my body. I am more aware of when my body needs to rest. Also, I am more driven to perform well. I am definitely taking this sport more seriously, which shows in my training and in the things I must do to keep my body healthy. In addition, this year I am actually lifting weights because I have recognized the importance of doing so.
GoStanford.com: How does this season compare to your first season on the track team?
Morton: I feel this season we are taking a slower approach. I am not running in my main event (the 400-meter hurdle) as often, which gives me the opportunity to work on my weaknesses: sprinting and hurdling. I definitely feel that when it is time to run my main event, it should be a good race to watch. I believe by working on my weaknesses this year, I can definitely improve in my main event.
GoStanford.com: What is your favorite part of running and hurdling?
Morton: My favorite part of running is performing well. For hurdling, I really don't know. Hurdling is just hurdling to me. I mean, I think of it as just me and the hurdle, and I can't let the hurdle defeat me.
GoStanford.com: You are a sophomore, which means you need to declare by the end of this spring quarter. Talk about your academic plans and what you plan to pursue after you graduate.
Morton: I have already declared Science, Technology, and Society (STS). As for my academic plans after school, I don't know. When that time comes, I will think about that, but right now I am just trying to live my life.
GoStanford.com: What do you want people to remember you by?
Morton: I want people to remember me as an intelligent young black male from Atlanta that was not afraid to be himself and who was determined to attain excellence.
GoStanford.com: If you could break any running/hurdling record in the world, what would it be?
Morton: If I could break any running/hurdling record in the world, I would say the 200-meter. My first reason is because I actually witnessed this world record being broken, and I would love for the crowd to go wild for me like they did Bolt. But truthfully, the 400-meter hurdle because that is my event. I am beginning to truly love it, so why not break a record doing something I love.