NCAA Champion at Baylor, sprinter gains invaluable European experience
Stockholm – World Express Athletic Mgmt. quarter-mile specialist Reggie Witherspoon enjoyed an undefeated campaign during his first trip to Europe after finishing his college career at Baylor in June with an NCAA Championship title. The purpose of the trip overseas for Witherspoon was to learn how to adjust to the travel, food and time difference while still being able to perform on the track.
Competing in low-key to mid-level track meets, Witherspoon did not lose a 400 meter race and successfully improved his times at every meet. With 2007 seasonal best of :45.56 and :20.32, the expectations for Witherspoon to run faster were low due to the long college season. But with focus, a positive attitude and determination; Reggie exceeded his expectations.
His first 400m race was won at a low-key meeting in Brasschaat Belgium where Witherspoon enjoyed an easy victory at :46.47. He then travel to Amsterdam and ran a relaxed :46.14. Two days later in Uden Holland, Witherspoon ran a meet and NBC Circuit record :45.97 with very little competition. He is confident that with better competition, his 400 meter times would be :45.20 or better. In all of his 200m races in Europe, Witherspoon ran :20.75, :20.84 and :20.84.
When asked about his first trip to Europe, Witherspoon stated, “It was definitely a learning experience. On the trip from home to Europe the airline lost my bags. Luckily I listened to my agent who told me to carry-on my spikes and uniform. Then I had to sleep in the airport one night and adjust to the different foods and 6 hour time difference. I had a little problem sleeping but overall it was a great trip. I looked at the results of all the 400 meter races in Europe and watched all the track meets on EuroSport. I now know what I have to do to run in bigger and better meets in Europe. I want to thank World Express for giving me this opportunity and know that next year I will enjoy much faster results”.
Below are the meet results of the 400 meter races won by Witherspoon in Europe:
MONDO Keien Meeting: Uitslag Loopnummers
Datum: zaterdag, 4 augustus 2007
Hoofd-programma Mannen 400 meter
VN StrtNr Deelnemer GebJr Vereniging Uitslag Wind
1 545 Reggie Witherspoon 1985 USA 45.97 0
2 684 Youssef el Rhalfioui 1983 Phanos 46.55 0
3 818 Brian Murphy 1982 IRL 47.17 0
4 605 Gordon paul Kennedy 1981 IRL 47.23 0
5 987 Lüdrick Berrenstein 1982 AV Achilles Top 47.49 0
6 960 Sekou Clarke 1983 JAM 47.50 0
7 578 Cory Innes 1985 NZL 47.93 0
8 992 Yuri Shapsay 1986 ISR 47.97 0
Uitslagen EAP Amsterdam Open 2-Aug, 2007
Mannen/men – 400 m
1. Witherspoon, Reggie 31-05-1985 USA 46.14 sec
2. Ormrod, Mark 01-12-1982 AUS 46.57 sec
3. Steele, Bryan 23-03-1984 JAM 46.75 sec
4. Kennedy, Gordon 09-03-1981 IRL 46.90 sec
5. Rhalfioui, Youssef el 06-09-1983 Phanos 46.91 sec
6. Murphy, Brian 16-09-1982 IRL 47.54 sec
7. Clarke, Sekou 07-09-1983 JAM 48.03 sec
8. Kamut, Moses 07-07-1982 VAN 49.12 secs
Full results of the AC Break Meeting in Brasschaat Belgium can be found below:
World Express Athletic Mgmt. athletes will now return home to the US and prepare for the second half of the European season in September after the IAAF World Outdoor T&F Championships (8/25 – 9/3).