Athlete of the Week Archive

Jan. 30, 2007


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Josh Barge

How did you end up running track at UW?
"Well I wanted to right out of high school, but we had a coaching change in football and I ended up going into spring ball. I kind of gave it up for a while and then I finished up my football career here and decided to see if they need anybody to run track. Coach Yentes brought me in and had me run over a few hurdles and here I am."

Was it a difficult transition from playing football to running track?
"It was a little different making the transition from football. Football practice is two and half hours long and very structured; you know exactly what you're going to do every single day. When you come out here on the track, you work for about an hour as fast as you can and it's a different thing everyday; you never know what you're going to be doing. Just trying to get back in the groove after missing four years of track workouts is where I struggled a little bit."

Coming out of high school, did you ever want to try and play football and run track in college?
"It was an option. I had a lot of smaller schools that wanted to give me a football and track scholarship, but I ended up coming out here and thinking that I could play football and then after my freshman year I was going to try and get moving with track, but we had a coaching change in football and so I decided to stick with football."

Do you prefer one sport over the other?
"Oh it's pretty close. With football, it's more of a team effort in that you don't necessarily have to play your individual best for the team to do well, but with track, if you have a bad race, you really can tell. But, they're two totally different kinds of sports, so it's hard for me to pick one over the other."

How did you end up at UW from Blue Springs, Missouri?
"I actually had a high school coach from a team that we played against help me out. He told a couple of the Wyoming coaches to take a look at this wide receiver from Blue Springs, and they came out and flew me out here. I liked what I saw and it was one of the only Division-IA scholarships offers that I had, so I took it running."

What is your favorite event to run in track and field?
"It would definitely have to be hurdles by far. In high school, my favorite was the 300 hurdles. I haven't had a chance to run the 400's yet, but I think that will probably be one of my favorites."

What is your favorite food?
"I like all kinds of food. I would have to say that my favorite food is anything with chocolate in it or anything with any kind of meat product."

What is your favorite kind of music?
"During track I've got my iPod and I like to listen to a lot of hard rock to try and get me pumped up a little, but right now my SIRIUS radio is on the `Big 80's' channel."

What are your top three favorite movies?
"Top three favorite movies!? That's a really tough question because I am a movie freak. My top three favorite movies in reverse order would have to be Tombstone in number three, then Swingers would have to be number two, and my all-time favorite movie would definitely have to be The Goonies."