The track record at SVSU was 8.08 seconds, but because of one student, it’s now 8.06 seconds.
Senior exercise science major Nathan Furst elaborates on this accomplishment:
“It felt awesome to break the record because I was stuck in the 8.2s and just couldn’t drop down,” he said. “Having the extra competition definitely helped.”
Furst broke the record at the big meet against Grand Valley State University on Feb. 10 and Feb. 11.
Furst ran the 60 hurdles during the indoor season.
“I’m ranked 22nd in the nation and top 16 get to go to nationals so I’m just focused on dropped my time to move up on the list,” Furst said.
It took a lot of time and practice to beat the previous record. Furst has been running track since he was in 7th grade— 10 years.
“[It took] just hard work and dedication. As cheesy as it sounds, you have to trust the process,” Furst said.
His hometown was Caro, Michigan where he attended Caro High School and his track career began.
“I liked the atmosphere at SVSU,” Furst said. “I felt like the coaches and professors actually cared that I would come here compared to other schools just treating me like a number on a sheet.”
His career doesn’t stop at SVSU; Furst plans to attend physical therapy school at Central Michigan University in May to further pursue his exercise science degree.
Before he moves on, Furst has his community to thank for reaching his goals.
He said his coaches helped him along with the athletic training staff; they helped with injuries to allow him to continue his track career at his level.
“This might have been an individual win, but I couldn’t have done it without everyone around me.” Furst said.