Zach Perkins Post-Race Quotes
June 8, 2013
"It's good. You come to NCAAs to win it though, so hopefully next year, I'll get the win. I mean, yeah, sure, to everyone else, a kid coming to the NCAAs with a 3:44 PR must have been a surprise, but I beat some good guys at regionals. I came into the meet and we knew that step three out of four was the semifinals and then I qualified for the finals, but I didn't to Eugene just to be `in' the finals. Why not make the most of it? We had faith; a lot of people around me, that I train with, had faith. At the end of the day, it's a confidence race."
"The field was pretty well matched out. There were a bunch of guys that could run 3:40, but I had confidence that if they wanted to gun it from the start, I could keep with them just because with the 3:41 (in the semifinals), it was a hard race, but it wasn't anything out of skill set. If they wanted to gun it, I would be right there with them."
"It's a lot of hard work. I'm lucky to have a coach (Juli Benson), who I think is one of the best in the nation. It can be hard to train at the Academy ... you don't always get a lot of sleep ... but what the Academy can do is teach you hard work. If you work really hard, you can probably out-work a lot of guys in the field. I think, at the end of the day, all Division I runners have the tools to be successful; it's just how hard they work.
"Indoors was good, but we train to peak for outdoors. At the beginning of the season, me and my coach sat down and said, `you should be going to nationals this year'. We both had faith; can't really care what everybody else thinks. I knew I was in shape, I knew I had the fitness and everything. You just gotta run. There's nothing to it."