Athlete of the Week Archive

March 26, 2007


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Dwight Neptune

How did you end up at Wyoming?
"My coach here knew my coach from back home and that helped. There were also some people here, Quincy Howe and Kelly Ann Charles, from Trinidad as well. So they had a pretty good relationship I guess and the coaching staff here was looking for a sprinter and there I was; right place at the right time situation. I started talking to them and before I knew it, I was up here."

Was it difficult coming to Wyoming from Trinidad?
"The toughest transition for me was, first of all the training. The training up here was and is harder than it is back home and secondly, the weather. The weather back home is tropical and that, obviously, is a little different than up here. It was challenging with the altitude and the cold, but eventually you get used to it and you suck it up and now I'm fine with it."

Have you always been just a sprinter?
"I would say that when I was like 13 or 14, I also did long jump. I can't remember if I was that good, but in high school they kind of just load you up and hope for the best."

You had a couple minor injuries early in the season, are you getting better?
"It was getting better fast, but not fast enough to risk anything before the outdoor season. Coach told me not to worry about it and to get better so that I could hit it hard for outdoors and based on the start I had at Colorado, it's worked out really well."

What are some of your expectation for the outdoor season, both individually and for the team?
"First off, I just want to go faster than I've ever gone. I want to make it to regionals because if I can make it there, then they take the top five to nationals in the 100. I would also like to get our 4 by 1 to regionals as well. As a team, I think we'll be striving to be in an even better position than we were after the indoor season. I think that there are a lot of teams out there who are counting us out and although we're a small team, we're exceptionally talented and we just have to stay healthy."

Is there one professional sprinter, past or present, that you look up to, or try to emulate?
"Hands down I'd say Maurice Greene. He is just all power, all speed, and his technique is flawless. He gleaned with confidence and arrogance and I like that; he's a competitor."

What has been your favorite place to run during your tenure as a Cowboys sprinter?
"Funny enough, I like BYU's track. It's so fast and nice, but I'd say that the track at UNLV is also really nice; I like that track as well."

What's your favorite TV show?
"I'm a South Park kind of guy; it's so funny."

What's your favorite kind of music?
"I'm a huge fan of Hip Hop. Young Jeezy has a new album out that I thought was pretty good. I also listen to a lot of reggae; I like reggae a lot. My favorite artist by far is Jay-Z though."

What is your favorite food?
"My favorite food is probably from back home. I have so many that it's hard to pick out just one. I'd have to say my mom's pork stew. She makes a mean pork stew man. Every time I think about, I think about getting on a plane and heading home just so I could have some."

Do you try to go home very often on your free time?
"In the summer time I usually go home for about a month and then I try to go home during Christmas time. The first year I was here, I stayed here for Christmas and boy was it depressing to be away from home on Christmas. It just seemed like a regular day because you're not around family, so ever since then, I've made a point to get home for Christmas.