Catching Up with Amaechi Morton

April 28, 2010 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 


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