Q-and-A with Jonathon Goins, Lockport track and field
May 2, 2012 7:04PM
Jonathon Goins, Lockport track and field.
Updated: June 4, 2012 11:39AM
Goins was the SouthWest Suburban Blue champion in the 110-meter hurdles last year, runner-up in the 300 hurdles and qualified for the state meet in the 110s.
What was the state meet like?
I really enjoyed going there. Hopefully, this year I go again for the 110s and the 300 hurdles. Hopefully, I go down there and get two medals.
Describe your 14.5-second race April 20 at Downers Grove South, among the state’s best this year.
It was pretty awesome. I just worked on my form and brought down my time.
Describe running a hurdle race.
You have to be pretty fast and not be scared to knock down hurdles. You have to get low enough to get through the hurdles so you won’t waste time in the air. You have to get as low as possible and attack the hurdle.
Why did you pick hurdles?
I never thought I would be a hurdler. I thought I was going to be a sprinter and be all cocky. But coach (Brett) Hespell saw something and said, “You need to go into hurdles.” I said, “OK.” I love hurdles.
What got you interested in track?
My brothers and sisters were doing track when they were in high school. I love running.
What college will you attend?
I decided to go to (Joliet Junior College). I know they don’t have a track program, but I decided after JJC I might want to go to another college and do track there.
What do you want to pursue?
I want to go into business. I want to try to make a business or manage something.
Eminem. Sometimes before a meet I go ahead and put my music on.
I like watching “Rocky.” It gets me pumped up every time. After I watch that movie I just want to run. It’s so inspirational.
What will you remember about your years at Lockport?
Doing track, working hard, making a family with your teammates, having memories of how you did.
As told to Tim Tierney