Where are they now? - Curt Wood, Rockwood Summit 2011


Where did you continue your running career after high school?
I decided to go attend Southeast Missouri State University. Which after my first year, I could not have been happier with my choice. 
What was the biggest adjustment you had to make to compete at the college level?
Well I have not adjusted fully yet. I am in an awkward transition right now. Instead of being able to do 400, 800, 1500. I’m turning more into a 200, 400, 800 runner. Which might not seem that different but it is. Also, the racing is a lot different. No more sitting and kicking.
Is there anything you can tell high school athletes to better prepare them for the college experience?
Two things: Put the work in out of season. Whether it is something simple like 3 or 4 miles a day or a day in the weight room. Every little bit counts. Secondly, listen to your coach. They know what is best for you and how to make you a better track athlete. Do the things they say and you will see improvements every week.
What memories from competing in high school stand out the most?
There are so many memories that stand out. Defiantly my best memory was being on the top of the podium with my brothers. There’s not a better feeling in the world. 
What do you miss most about running in high school?
My teammates. We accomplished a lot through four years. I also miss that goofy kid, Dan Mazar. 
What piece of coaching or advice that someone gave you has been the biggest help?
I honestly like to keep this quote to myself, but my high school coach Matt Helbig told me, "Always be the last one to play your cards." For my style of racing it fit perfectly and stuck for the years. I always seem to think about that saying with 300 to go and kick it into gear!

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