Video: UM track and field athlete says sport takes discipline and dedication

Nicole Henderson
Oxford Stories

Some people may look at track and field as a pointless sport. Who wants to run in circles all day in the heat? How do you practice running? You’re either fast or you’re not, right?


Andrew Raspo, a University of Mississippi Track and Field athlete from California, said he has many non-athletic friends who don’t understand the science of track.

“My friends outside of team always ask me how could I practice running without being tired, or how can I practice at being faster,” Raspo, a freshmen, said. “If I wasn’t running track, I would probably ask these types of questions, but the reality of it is that you have to be around tountitledo.png fully understand.

“It’s a process. You can’t just workout for a week or so and expect to be faster. Track is a very disciplined sport, and you have to be dedicated.”

Even though Raspo is not as hype and cocky as some athletes, he knows how to compete. He chose track because he likes to compete with others, and he has set some personal records at UM.

Raspo holds the 12th spot in school history for the 60 meter dash, and this past weekend, he ran a seasonal best in the 100 meter dash. Even though Raspo is fast, he did not envision running for a university in high school.

ar4 (2).png“After my last race senior year, I did pretty good, and I decided to email the coach,” he said.

Raspo said running track at the university and being a part of a team has been one of his best decisions.

“I wish to continue getting better and growing on this journey,” Andrew said.