June 6, 2008
Senior Luke Gunn is one of the top runners on the perenially successful Florida State track and field team. Gunn, an All-American who won the 2008 East Regional title in the steeplechase, is poised to make a run through next week’s NCAA Championships in Des Moines, Iowa. He took a few minutes to chat with theACC.com about his running career and expectations for the NCAA Championships.
When did you get into track and field?
I was about 12 or 13 years old in my second year of high school back in England. I ran (in) a cross country league around my school and went to a local race. I started off in the back of the field, moved through and finished in the top five. I kept up with my local club in England and it kicked off from there.
Why did you choose to run the steeplechase event specifically?
I ran the 800 and 1,500 up until about 16 years of age. I had a friend who did the steeplechase quite successfully. After practice, I would go play around and do the hurdles and found that I was pretty good at it. I threw myself into a local race and ran a national qualifier back at home. In that first year, I ran a national championship for my age.