Thursday May 16, 2013
Augusta, Ga--Its pretty amazing to have anyone qualify for the national track and field championships. For Augusta State, they've managed to take it to a new level. In the first year of the program, Dustin Ross has made history and will be headed to the championships next week.
Ross qualified for the nationals in the 1500 meter event but had to sweat out this final weekend before he found out for sure he was in. A couple of guys actually eclipsed his time, but since they were in other events, they dropped out of the 1500 leaving Ross among the elite runners in the nation.
"Making it to nationals in the first track season, it's just unvbelievable to make it to nationals" said Dustin Ross "It's really hard to make it to nationals in track, you have to be in the top 20 in the nation and to wrap your mind around that, put yourself in that kind of category, you're kind of like wow! "
Not only will he get to compete for the title, he'll get to do it in front of the home crowd seeing he's from Colorado. And baring something out of the ordinary, Ross will become the very last athlete to have the ASU moniker on his uniform.
"That's really exciting to think that he's the last athlete, really especially at a national championship level, that will wear ASU gear" said coach Adam Ward
"Really haven't thought about it but being the last person to wear ASU as an athlete, I hope I represent the University well and just leave it all out on the track" said Ross
This is a big feather in the cap of the track and field program showing the rest they can get there if they put in the work. Now Ross is hoping to make it to the finals and realizes anything can happen in the championships and he wants to be in the conversation.