Newton (2nd from right) won the 400m at the GA state meet last year.
Welcome to Track Chats 2012! We continue with sprinter Michael Newton from Sprayberry HS in Georgia. Michael recently dipped under 47 outdoor for the first time in the 400m. Watch out for him at the outdoor season progresses toward the New Balance Outdoor Nationals!
MileSplit - Got your 400m time down under 47s this past weekend. Are you in the best shape of your life entering the 2012 track season?
Michael - I wouldn't say the best shape because there's always room for improvement.
MileSplit - When & how did you get started in track & field?
Michael - My seventh grade and I just felt like it was something I wanted to try doing.
MileSplit - Person/people most influential to your success in track & field?
Michael - My mother and the Pros, they make it look very easy like they were born to do it.
MileSplit - Your favorite track & field event(s)?
Michael - The 200 and 400.
MileSplit - Your track & field event coach(es) and what they mean to you?
Michael - Ahhh I have so many that are a key to my success but I'd have to give a shout out to Coach Blane Williams and Phil Hazard.
MileSplit - Keys to your successful track & field training program?
Michael - Hard work and giving all the glory to God.
MileSplit - Your favorite track & field meet?
Michael - The Cobb County Championships, great competition.
MileSplit - Your favorite performance in track & field?
Michael - Any time I PR.
MileSplit - Track & field athlete(s) you most enjoy competing against?
Michael - I'd have to say my good friend Ayrian Evens, he a great competitor.
MileSplit - Your greatest experience in track & field so far?
Michael - Breaking 47 of course!!
MileSplit - Goals for the 2012 track & field season?
Michael - Dropping more time. Getting ready for college.
MileSplit - Long-term goals in track & field?
Michael - Just a chance to compete in the Olympics would be a blessing.
The Fun Run
Do you like ice cream or italian ice…
Michael - Ice cream
Do you like shorts or jeans…
Michael - Shorts
Do you like Boggle or Twister…
Michael - Twister!!
Do you like Facebook or Twitter...
Michael - Twitter
Do you like going out or chilling at home...
Michael - I enjoy both
Do you like sun or snow...
Michael - The sun