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The Inside Track with Curtis Riggins

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Every Bethune-Cookman student-athlete has a story...a story to share with the Wildcats nation. Throughout the course of the indoor/outdoor track & field season, will take an inside look at each of the men's and women's student-athletes for track & field, detailing the story each has to offer. One-by-one, we hear from them. These are the Bethune-Cookman University Wildcats...

To lead off "The Inside Track" series, let us find out more about junior multi-event athlete Curtis Riggins...

Hometown: Vero Beach, Fla.

High School: Vero Beach HS

Major: Physical Education/Recreation

Favorite Movie... Juice

Favorite Song... Hustle Hard by Ace Hood

Favorite Song Artist... Lil Wayne

Favorite TV Show... The Bernie Mac Show

Farthest place from home you've ever been... Baltimore, Md.

If an actor were to play you in a movie, then it would be... Denzel Washington

Favorite midnight snack... Special K bar

Pre-game meal... Shrimp pasta

The first place that I go to eat when I go home is... My uncle's house

First thing people notice when they walk into my room is... Either the big TV mounted on the wall or the huge picture of New York

What Brought You to Bethune-Cookman University?

The track program was up-and-coming, and I wanted to be a part of that. When I met with Coach [Donald] Cooper, he was very nice and I knew that I wanted to come be a part of this program.

What's the best thing about Coach Cooper?

He is always learning, and he is always teaching. Whatever he learns, he passes on to us. Just a great, great coach.

What's something about Coach Cooper that people might not know?

He has a generous heart. A lot of people see him, and they may be intimidated because of his size. But he's really a nice guy and would do anything for anybody.

What is the best aspect about being a part of B-CU track & field?

There are a lot of good things, actually. The way people treat you around school with fellow students. They know you're a track athlete, and they cheer you on. It's just a privilege. A lot of people look up to us and we get a lot of attention. Teachers also push us harder because they want us to be good on the track and in the classroom for when we're not running track later in life - to have something to fall back on.

What does it mean to the B-CU program knowing someone in the past has made it to the Olympics and won an NCAA title here?

It gives us hope that other people can do it too. It pushes us to practice and perform harder. We've had people like Joel Redhead and Ronnie Ash. So, a lot of great people have come through this program, and it's starting to become tradition now.

What does it mean to tell recruits '"you can be part of the next level of B-CU track & field"?

That part of talking to former high school teammates and when recruits come in, it really means a lot. Once they see it, they want to be a part of it. They think to themselves "this guy made it to the Olympic trials and it can be done at Bethune-Cookman". Coach Cooper has a lot to offer. So, maybe they'll come here now and learn from him and get better.

What kinds of things do you do to get ready for a race?

I always set a good music playlist; say my prayers; go through everything in my mind. I like to stay focused and not overthink anything. I remind myself that I've done it in practice a hundred times. So, let's go out and do what we've been doing.

What artists are on your playlist before a meet?

You know I've got to have some Lil Wayne and Ace Hood. I always have "Hustle Hard" by Ace Hood going as one of my top songs.

What is the biggest difference between high school and collegiate training regiments?

The time. In college you can put in more time because you can go in-between classes, after classes, weekends - whenever. In college, you're on your own time a lot. So, you can always make some time to go out to the track and put in more work. In high school, you're either at home doing chores or things around the house that you don't have to do in college all the time being away from home.

What is something most people may not know about you?

I don't really know. I guess most people wouldn't think that I have a wild side, at times.

What is something that you take time to do away from the track?

I like to play video games, or I go out to the beach and boogie board or something like that in the water.

What are three words that best describe you and why?

Dedicated - because I can go out and put in countless hours on the track.

Loyal - I'm loyal to the program and I'm here because I like it.

Hard-working - I work hard on and off the track. I've been working hard on my grades, as well as improving my status on the track.

What has been the biggest accomplishment of your career - high school or college?

I made it to AAU Nationals and I was the state champion coming out of high school. I placed 12th at Nationals, and I was voted homecoming king in high school.

What is your number one goal at Bethune-Cookman?

I want to graduate from Bethune-Cookman University with a degree and a 3.4 grade point average.



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