Junior sprinter Wells Coalfleet has been a key contributor for Men’s Track and Field this season. At the Houghton College Highlander Invitational last week, Coalfleet finished second in the 200 meter race, while also setting a personal record for that distance. At the start of this season in early December, he earned the Liberty League Men’s Track Performer of the Week honor for winning the 400 meter run at the All-Atlantic Regional Championships.
How did you get interested in running?
I got into running when I was younger, maybe around fifth grade or so. I had a lot of energy as a kid, and I still do, so my parents had to find something for me to burn it all off.
What do you enjoy most about track at UR?
I definitely enjoy the people and friends in track the most. All great people on the team.
How have you grown as an athlete over the course of your collegiate career?
It’s kinda funny, I didn’t run the first two years of college and then finally decided to join last year. In high school I always felt a little lazy, not always wanting to put the work in but I certainly feel more dedicated now.
What is your proudest accomplishment as an athlete, and why?
My proudest accomplishment so far is probably running a 50.3 in the 400 meter race at the first meet this year which ended up being a lifetime personal record as well.
Who has had the greatest impact on your athletic career, and why?
My coach, Sam Albert, has had the biggest impact. His training has no doubt helped me progress to where I am now.
If you could have a lifetime supply of one food, what would you choose?
Definitely chicken parm.