Ole Miss sprinter Isiah Young this afternoon met with media and discussed his race in the 200 meters in the Olympic trails and the upcoming games in London …
(Has it sunken in?)
It sunk in a little bit after I got a good night’s rest yesterday. It’s still been on my mind, and it will continue to be on my mind until I get over there and start competing again.
I’ve got a couple weeks off to train.
(Ramp up again?)
I’m kind of toning back, letting my body get rest. We’re toning back the workouts, and we’ll rebuild back up to like I’m getting ready to train for nationals, so I’m back running at my fastest. Right now I’m not at my fastest.
(When did it hit you?)
Actually, I thought I had got second so I ran around the track to look at the board to make sure, and I had got third. I wasn’t upset, because I was going, but I thought I had got second. One of the guys I’ve been racing all year, he kind of beat my by a length. It still was a good feeling to just know I’m going.
(Raced better in the 200 than in the 100)
I was really ready for the 100. I had good practice leading up to it, but when it was time to race, I don’t know if I just didn’t run my race or it was one of those types of races where it just didn’t go good for me. I put it behind me, trained up a little bit more and got ready for the 200. I just did what I could in the 200.
Nationals, I felt really like I could have won it or at least got second, but I ended up getting fourth. That’s another race where I was just trying to do good for the school and at least get top three, but that didn’t end up happening. I had to put that behind me and get ready for the trials. I didn’t want that to be on my chest any more. It was one of those type of races.
(Your expectations for trials?)
I thought I would make the team this year. I really believed that, either in the 100, the relay team or the open, but my chances got better in the 200 when some big names pulled out, like Tyson Gay. That kind of open up a spot for somebody young to come up and take a shot at it, and I was one of those guys.
It gave me some confidence that I could make the team in that event, but I think it would have helped me run even faster if those kind of names were in the heat too … like fast people pulling you through the line. It was both positives, with them being in and them being out.
(Did you have a time in mind you thought would clinch a spot?)
The way the rounds were going I thought 20.2 or under and I would have made the team. I thought 19 probably would have won it, and 19 did win it, and two 20.1s made the team. I think I was about right.
(Who did you call first after you made the team?)
My first phone call was to my mom. She really don’t know track. She just knows I do good in it. That was the first call. Then after that I just left my phone alone. The messages and calls kept coming in. I had like 80 text messages and like 40-something Twitter mentions. When I finally got to the hotel I took the time to respond back to everybody.
We didn’t anticipate me making the team. Well coach Walker didn’t. I thought I was going to make it. We had to change my flight. We were supposed to leave at 5:30 in the morning, but I had to stay for this meeting that was like three hours. We had to watch ethics on how to act across seas. They taught us how to hold the flag and not drop it.
(How does the field in London look to you?)
Olympic finals … and from there I just have to run my race and try to get a medal. I most definitely think Olympic finals. The first round shouldn’t be difficult. The second round is where you have to run pretty fast. The third round is just everything, the last race.
(How long have you been running?)
Maybe three years. Before that I was working. Then I was like, I’m going to stop working for a while and see what the sports life is like. I worked at all the fast food places back home.