Kyle Stanton, Hammond, Track

Q&A --

April 04, 2007|By GLENN GRAHAM | GLENN GRAHAM,Sun Reporter

Sophomore distance runner Kyle Stanton of Hammond began swimming at the age of 4 and swam competitively with the Columbia Aquatic Association until the eighth grade, when he turned his attention to running. In his second varsity cross country season last fall, Stanton took ninth in the Howard County meet. This spring, he ran his first sub-five-minute mile, clocking in at 4 minutes, 56 seconds in a distance medley relay, and he enjoyed his best two-mile time (10:49) to win a tri-meet against Mount Hebron and Marriotts Ridge. Stanton has a 4.0 grade point average, getting all A's since the sixth grade. He is a member of student council, the Interact Club and Rotary Club at Hammond.

What are the differences between swimming and running, and what were some of the adjustments you had to make?

They're actually very similar, particularly from a cardiovascular standpoint, and that's how I was able to pick up running fairly quickly. I think the biggest adjustment was using all the different muscles you use in running.

How do you think the team will do this spring?

I think things are looking pretty good, and we should be up there in the county. I think the key will be our distance people stepping up. We've been in the shadows for a while, and we're just now starting to get up to speed with our sprinters.

You recently got under five minutes for a mile for the first time. How did that feel?

It felt great. I was feeling good the whole race, and I finished the third lap feeling really good. Coach Reedy yelled at me, "You've got to get this last lap in 76 seconds or you're not going to make it. Can you do it?" I just yelled back, "Yes." It was pretty exciting. He threw [me] the watch that he was timing me with and I saw 4:56 and threw up my arms.

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