By ROBERT S. MERRILL
A 22-year-old freshman from Preston, who loves to run, continues to impress both fans and coaches. He just ran a 3K race the middle of February at the University of Washington in 8:17 seconds and with that became the fifth fastest 3k runner ever for Utah State.
“Running the 3K and making that mark was pretty neat,” said Colby Wilson. “We participated in our last indoor meet of the year in Colorado on March 1 and now have a three-week break.”
The last week of March Wilson will start with spring track for USU. He said he plans on running the steeple chase and 5K.
“I like the larger track when we get outdoors. But I’ve also enjoyed the controlled environment of the indoor track this past winter,” he said.
“I will continue working hard and hope I can do well this spring.”
Wilson was named co-freshman of the year in the Mountain West Conference last November as a member of USU’s cross-country track team. He received his award at a Mountain West championship meet in Colorado Springs for being the fastest freshman at the event.
Wilson, son of Brent and DeAnn Wilson of Preston, really hasn’t been running competitively for more than a couple of years and that includes high school. Wilson said he’s always liked to run and as a youngster ran for the fun of it.
“My mom said I always liked to run and should be a runner. As long as I ran I would get out of chores around the house. Maybe that gave me a little extra motivation,” he quipped.
Wilson didn’t take up competitive running until his senior year at Preston High School.
“I ran in a few ‘fun runs’ during high school and did pretty good. But I was actually playing soccer when the track coach invited me to run cross-country.
“I took it up part way through the season and had a little success. I then competed a full year during my senior year,” he said.
Wilson started to shine during that period. In fact, he won the 3,200-meter race at the state track championship that year and placed third in the 1,600-meter.
“I was definitely an underdog in the 3,200,” he said. “Beating the defending state champion in that race was a pretty big deal for me. It was a real experience.”
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