RICHMOND, Va. - The VCU Men's Track & Field program is entering a new era with Jon Riley at the helm for the first time this season. Riley has overseen a resurgence among the Women's Track & Field program, igniting some athletes with potential into record breakers.
Sophomore Josh Bostick is a sprinter who hopes to take his career to new heights under Riley and his coaching staff. Prior to heading home for Christmas Break, Bostick sat down with VCU Athletic Communications Student Assistant Scott Wyant to let us know more about what life is like off the track.
SW: Why did you decide to come to VCU?
JB: Coming out of high school I wasn't really sure what I wanted to do and where I wanted to go so I ended up choosing VCU because it's close to where I live and I felt it offered enough variety that would help me find a direction for my studies and subsequently my career choice.
SW: What is you favorite thing about Richmond?
JB: I like the diversity and the over all city atmosphere. It seems as though no matter what you are interested in or find enjoyable, there are places and people that share the same interests.
SW: How did you get your start in track & field?
JB: In middle school I played basketball and came to notice that my greatest strength was my speed, I would always be in front when we ran suicides. After the season I joined the track team and just found it much more enjoyable than basketball and decided to focus on track.
SW: If you could race against any track star past or present, who would you pick?
JB: Jeremy Wariner. It's just so impressive how he makes running look so fluid and easy.
SW: What is the toughest part of a Coach Riley track practice?
JB: Coach Riley's practices force you to be mentally tough. The times and distances are not that outrageous, but in order to finish his workouts the way he wants them completed you have to be mentally strong. No matter how fast or strong you are, it comes down to how far you can push through the pain and not let the pain mentally break you down.
SW: What is the best part of being on the track team?
JB: Being surrounded by all different types of people. Everyone is different and unique and seeing them come together and function as team is really interesting. I enjoy listening to people joke around and express their personalities, it makes track that much more enjoyable and fun.
SW: If you had a ticket to any event, where would you go and what would you do?
JB: The Olympics. I would just try and see as many events as possible, I would want to get the most out of the experience.
Dream Job: Working at ESPN or Host of Man vs. Food
Favorite Athlete: Ichiro Suzuki
TV Show: Scrubs
Movie: The Lion King
Define the track team in one word: Driven
Best part of race day: Seeing how the whole team is collectively getting better
Quote: "Nothing in this world that's worth having comes easy"