Yeah, the race was a couple of days ago, but I’m a RI boy at heart. I love what they did with this event and wanted to get another interview in on the subject. Thanks to the magical powers of Zuckerberg, I was able to contact Eric Jenkins via Facebook and get another quick Q&A in about the Exeter/West Greenwich Mile that took place this past Tuesday. Eric Jenkins took second with his smoking 4:00.13, just 1.15 seconds behind winner Cory Leslie.
1.) I see you’re still at Northeastern, were you the only current college runner in the field?
I think I was the only collegiate in the field.
2.) Is the mile (or 1500) your specialty race?
Yes, the mile is my specialty race at this point in my running career.
3.) Just what did you run for that last lap? I saw the video and thought you were out of it…but then you turned it on and damn near won the whole thing!
I think I came through the 1200 in around 3:02 so I did the last quarter in somehting like 58.
4.) I believe you’ve broken four before, right? After breaking that barrier, does it still hold special significance each time you go under it, or is the focus put on a new barrier (like 3:55 or 3:50)?
I’m coming off an injury that forced me to redshirt the outdoor season so running under four right now would mean a lot; I’m usually not in this good of shape at this point in the summer. But coming up to the track season and later on this year, I won’t be happy with just breaking four.
5.) What are your thoughts on the upcoming cross country season for Northeastern?
I’m redshirting cross country coming up. But am really looking forward to indoor and outdoor.
Good luck to Eric in his upcoming indoor/outdoor seasons. Or should I say, good luck to anybody who’s within striking distance once he starts kicking? I’m still very impressed by what I saw in that mile race. If you haven’t seen it yet, check it out.