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Fighting Bee Spotlight: Jim Warren

by Zack Lundquist
Posted on Apr 14, 2016

1) What got you into running?

I have always loved to run. Proof of this was that when I played on my first tee-ball team, my father asked if I wanted to play again next summer, to which I responded immediately with a no. When he asked why, I responded with “there isn’t enough running. It’s all just standing.”

2) What was a real turning point in your career in terms of competing that made you realize running was something you wanted to continue to do?

I’m not sure that there was a clear cut turning point which made me want to continue. I think track originally was just an interest, but being slowly filtered out of the other sports made my passion grow for this one. I realized early on in high school that I would want to try to play some sort of collegiate sport, since I was excelling in track and sort of slowly losing playing time in any other sport. I think it only made sense that my collegiate sport of choice would have to be track.

3) What excites you the most about this upcoming track season?

If I were to give you a good response to this it would honestly be that, as a senior, I’m excited to see what some of the new athletes can do and see how they compete. It’s exciting to watch freshman and see how much potential is in them that they may not even see in themselves. If I was to give you a Jim answer, then my answer would be simply “running fast and turning left” is what excites me.

4) Are you at all worried about breaking the All-American record?

I try not to worry about it. If it happens, it happens, and that will be great. But right now I think my first thought is trying to enjoy these last few months with my teammates and second on my list would be to run fast.

5) What’s your favorite memory about running track either at Ambrose or growing up?

The phone calls to my grandfather. My grandpa died after my freshman season in college of ALS, which was really hard on me. I knew how much he loved to see me run and see me succeed. I remember my grandmother telling me that he had been watching one specific race on repeat and showing everyone who came to visit him at home while he was sick.