Track & Field Rookie Anuoluwapo Awonusi

Born and raised in Carlow, Ireland, freshman Anuoluwapo Awonusi would have never picture himself to participating in Track & Field at college in New York City. Anuoluwapo, more commonly known by his nickname “Anu”, is both a shot-putter and a discus thrower at Manhattan College. Being at the college for only one semester, there is no telling what Anu can do within the next three years of his college career.

The Quadrangle: When did you start participating in track and field?

Anuoluwapo Awonusi: About a year ago, this will be my first full year. I did it [Track and Field] just for the summer before, so for like two or three months every year.

TQ: When did you come over from Ireland?

AA: I’ve been here on holiday once, I was here on holiday last summer, the summer of 2015 and I was here for three weeks. I’ve only been here four moths, started the semester in January and I’ll be here as a permanent student.

TQ: Do you have someone you look up to, like a role model?

AA: It’s still quite new to me so not really, I don’t have anyone that I aspire to be like yet.

TQ: Do you have any pregame rituals?

AA: I say a lot of prayer before I got to bed and when I wake up. Other than that I don’t really have any pregame rituals.

TQ: What made you choose track and field?

AA: I think it was the fact that I was decent at it without having to put too much effort. I only kinda really did it for fun and I was decent at it so I thought I might as well give it a try professionally and see, but I actually do enjoy it now.

TQ: What are your goals for the next season?

AA: For next season I really want to place in the MAAC championship or conference. That would be the aim, to place in those.