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Name: Christian Poe (Christian's Milesplit Profile)
High School: Cienega High School
Year of Graduation: 2014
Track and Field PR's:
High Jump: 6'9"
Triple Jump: 43'11"
Long jump: 21'11"
When did you first get involved with track and field? How long have you been running:
I first got involved in track when I was eight years old. I would train with my dad in the street at home and then we would find meets that I could compete in around town.
What is a typical training week like for you?
In a typical day, at 1:45p.m., on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, I lift weights. I have different workouts depending on what West Point, which is the college I will be attending in the fall, sends me. After school I go to track practice. Twice a week I have triple, and long jump practice. Three times a week I work with the sprinters, and once a week I work on high jump.
What are your goals for the upcoming track season?
I have many goals for this track season. I want to go to state for four events, high jump, triple jump, long jump, and the 200 meters dash. In high jump I want to jump 7’0”, in long jump I want to jump 23’0” inches. In triple jump I want to jump 46’0” and in the 200 meter dash I want to run below 22 seconds.
How do you prepare yourself mentally for a race? Do you have any superstitions?
To prepare myself before an event I just get away from everyone and try to focus on what I’m doing. About 45 minutes to an hour before my event I will go somewhere alone and just stretch or warm up to keep my mind free of distractions.
What does your season look like and will you be competing in any out of state track meets during the season or post high school season?
This year I will compete in 13 track meets including four invitationals and the state championship meet. My coach did say that if I was able to make some certain marks in my jumps he would consider taking me to a meet in California.
What message would you tell younger runners who aspire to be at the top?
The message I would give to younger runners is to never give up, don’t take any days off. There will be a lot of times when you feel that you aren’t good enough or you just don’t think you will get any better. These are the days that you have to dig deep and keep working, because these are the days that make you better. As long as you give it one hundred percent every day you will get better at whatever it is that you are doing.
If you had to attribute your success to one thing, what would it be?
If I had to attribute my success to one thing it would be my parents. They have put all of their energy into helping my siblings and me whatever it is that we are doing. No matter what I do they support and me and help me every step of the way. They ride me to get better and always give me constructive criticism whenever I compete. They have been there every step of the way and are always my biggest supporters.
Do you have role models or mentors in track and field?
My role model/mentor in track is my older brother. We are very close and very competitive. Although we are competitive, he never holds back on information that he can teach me and I respect him as if he were a coach. He has so much to teach me and I am so appreciative to have such a great role model to look up to.
How many events do you compete in and which event is your favorite?
I compete in six events in total including The 200 meter, the 4 x 4, 4 x 1, high jump, long jump, and triple jump. My favorite event is the high jump.
What are 3 things we don't know about you?
Three things that you wouldn’t know about me are that I wish to play in the NFL one day, I’m afraid of crickets, and on my free time I love to play video games, especially Madden.
Favorite Pre-race Meal?
My favorite pre-race meal is any kind of sandwich from Subway.
Favorite Winter Olympic Sport?
My favorite Winter Olympic sport is snowboarding.
My favorite meet is either Chandler or Willie Williams
.Cross Country or Track and Field?
I prefer Track and Field over Cross Country.
Perfect temperature to compete in?
The perfect temperature to compete in is 80 degrees or higher with no wind.
Favorite song at the moment?
My favorite song is either Ordinary People, by John Legend, or Pretty Wings, by Maxwell.