Westfall sophomore Josh Trapp is slated to make his debut in the state track and field championships when he runs in the 800 on the track of Ohio State’s Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
Trapp finished third last Saturday in a Division II regional held at Muskingum University in 1:59.21 to qualify for state. His regional time was the fastest 800 ran by a Westfall athlete in over 15 years.
The sophomore runner is the first state qualifier from the program in a distance event since 2005 and he’ll be the first male to run in the 800 from Westfall since 1989.
Question: Take us through your strategy in running the 800 at the regional meet last Saturday at Muskingum?
Answer: On Saturday, my main focus was to start out fast for the first for the first lap in an attempt to get a good position, and then stay strong for the rest of the race. I feel that I executed my strategy very well. However, I do think that there is still room for improvement. Overall, I’m very happy with the outcome of the race, and I can’t wait to see what happens at the state meet.
Question: How do you feel like you have been trending with running the 800 over the last month?
Answer: About a month ago I was running a 2:06, and I’m now running a 1:59 which was a big goal of mine, so I’m very happy with my results and I can’t wait to see what the future holds.
Question: Take us through what your training regimen looks like?
Answer: My training is usually pretty consistent throughout the season, with a mix of speed workouts, long runs, and recovery runs throughout the week. This usually gets me to about 25-30 miles a week.
Question: What do you like the best about running middle distance?
Answer: My favorite part about running middle distance is the fact that it is very challenging, but also very rewarding. The work that I put into running a faster 800 not only helps my 400 and 1600 times, but also helps me better prepare for the cross country season.
Question: What are your expectations for the state championships and getting to run at Ohio State’s Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium?
Answer: I’m very excited and honored to run at the state championships, and I’m expecting a very fast race. I’m planning to push myself to the limit and hopefully set a new personal record.