The Randolph College athletic department each week showcases a question and answer feature with our WildCat of the Week. The 11th student-athlete selected for the year is track and field athlete DJ Petty.
Petty had a big weekend in the first meet of the season for the WildCats. He competed in four different events with great success. His top marks came in the triple jump, where he recorded a distance of 40'1.5". It gave him eighth place at the meet, but it also set a new program record in the event. He also set a personal record in the 60-meter hurdles twice. In the prelims, Petty ran 8.57, before going 8.52 in the finals. It gave him second overall, behind teammate Anthony Quinn.
You set two PRs on Saturday, including a new school record. How did that feel and how does that set you up for the remainder of the season?
It was a great feeling. First off, I want to thank our coaches and my teammates because I couldn't have done it without them. Regarding the new school record, I didn't know I had actually set a school record until we got back to campus and Coach Cooper told me and I was overcome with joy. Setting a school record early on in the season is pretty cool, but I still have a long season ahead of me. I just want to keep pushing myself and my teammates and keep working hard.
What have you gained from being a part of this program?
I've gained friends that'll last forever.
What is your favorite thing about Randolph College?
My favorite thing about Randolph is the small community. Everyone is super friendly and we're all really close.
How has being a student-athlete affected you?
Sometimes being a student-athlete is difficult with practice and study hall and class but with the help of tutors and amazing professors and a supportive group of friends, I've managed to handle it well.
What are your goals following graduation and how has being a part of this team and institution helped you so far?
I plan on becoming a physical therapist after I graduate from Randolph and I know that it's not going to be easy but my teammates taught me to never give up and my professors taught me that if you have a will to achieve a goal, you can find a way to achieve it.