The Southern Miss Four Interviews #2

By Coach DP Daigle

The Southern Four - A four part series on Southern Miss Signees


Hey y'all Coach Daigle here reporting on The Southern Four - four standout signees by my Golden Eagles.  Next up is Dylan Allen. 

Dylan Allen, Mooreville High School

Personal Records


800 Meter Run            2:02.69

1600 Meter Run          4:27.60

3200 Meter Run          9:42.00


2400 Meter Run          15:38.00

3200 Meter Run          14:33.70

4000 Meter Run          19:52.00

2.x Mile Run (CC Short Course)        13:56.59

5000 Meter Run          15:39.22


I have seen this young man run on several occasions.  I can only describe him as a complete animal on the course.  If you want to get excited about distance running, watch this kid at the finish line.


DP:  What is your GPA and ACT score?

DA:  3.4 GPA and an ACT score of 22.  I took another ACT this past Saturday and I hope to have made at least a 24 this time.


DP:  Describe your visit to Southern Miss.

DA:  My visit to Southern Miss went GREAT! I was able to spend time with the team and run with the team. I also enjoyed the time I was able to spend with the coaches.


DP:   We've heard that you hit it off with some of the other recruits on your visit, tell us about that.  I'm referring to the Southern 4 of Dylan Allen, Dylan Evans, Austin Bourne, and Preston Banks.

DA:  I have been competing with Preston Burks since 9th grade and he is a pretty cool dude and talented runner. I have never had the opportunity to race against Austin but he's a pretty cool dude and also a talented runner and I look forward to racing with him. I have heard that Dylan Evans is a pretty talented athlete but of course, I have not had the opportunity to run with him yet but also look forward to it.


DP:  What are you most looking forward to about your future career as a Golden Eagle?

DA:  Competing for a Conference Championship and being part of an elite team.


DP:  What is your favorite workout your Coach has you do?

DA:  Lactic thresholds.


DP:  What is your least favorite workout?

DA:  200's with active recovery


DP:  What events do you think they'll have you run in track as a freshman?

DA:  5,000 meter and possibly one of the legs on DMR.


DP:  What motivates you to run?

DA:  Knowing that running can take me as far as I want it to if I put in the effort.


DP:  What do you think about when you're running?

DA:  I think about the reason WHY I am running..  two things  #1- I love running! #2- Running is going to take me places and help me fulfill some of the dreams I have for myself.


DP:  Do you have any superstitions on race day or perhaps an odd pre-race routine?

DA:  I always have a toothpick in my mouth and my bandanna around my leg.


DP:  Gatorade or Powerade?

DA:  Gatorade of course!


DP:  Jersey, aka Singlet, tucked or untucked?

DA:  Definitely tucked in.


DP:  Do you have a favorite meal for the night before a race?

DA:  Chicken Alfredo from Tellini's


DP:  Do you take ice baths?  What do you think about during an ice bath?

DA:  Yes. During an Ice bath, I listen to music to keep me distracted and focused on something else besides being cold.


DP:  Name a lesson that running and training as a runner has taught you.

DA:  Running and training has taught me the real meaning of discipline. It makes me strive to be a better person.


DP:  Do you have a rival runner? 

DA:  Not really. I like everyone I compete with and have a great deal of respect for each of them. I just love competition.


DP:  What do you do to recover after a race?

DA:  I run a light 1/2 mile then go to the tent and eat a snack.


DP:  How do you intend to balance academics and athletics in college?

DA:  Focus on my school work just as much as I focus on my training.


DP:  What is the strangest thing you've seen during a race?

DA:  I haven't seen anything crazy during a race but during a long run last year, I saw an old lady trying to save her chicken from some dogs. I helped her get her chicken from the dogs and the chicken died in my arms! It was crazy.


DP:   Who is your biggest fan?

DA:  My mom.


DP:  What advice would you like to share with younger runners just starting out their high school careers?

DA:  Run hard and never lose focus. The older you get, the more things get in the way of staying focused on training. Keep pushing through because it's a great feeling to see all your hard work pay off.


DP:  Is there anything else you want to share with the MileSplit Community?

DA:  Thank y'all for everything you have done for me! Y'all are always so encouraging and supportive! And.... GO EAGLES!


DP: Southern Miss To The Top!