Keron Toussaint Making Most of Senior Season on the Track
Feb. 25, 2011
When you look at senior Jayhawk sprinter Keron Toussaint, you would not expect him to be a track and field athlete. When stand next to him, you may assume he could be a wide receiver for Turner Gill’s football team, or a guard for Bill Self’s basketball team.
Instead, Toussaint is one of the best sprinters on the Kansas team this year. His personal best in the 600 meters is 1:21.14, which he recorded at the Arkansas Invitational in 2009.
Aside from the 600 meters, Toussaint also runs the 400 meters, 500 meters and 600 yards. At the 2011 ISU Classic in Ames, Iowa, Toussaint recorded a first place finish, with a time of 1:10.42.
It was an easy choice for Toussaint to come to KU – he went to high school at Lawrence Free State, and he wanted to become the best runner he could be.
“I figured that if I wanted to run faster, then I needed to go to KU, so that’s why I’m here,” Toussaint said.
Being a senior, Toussaint has already started thinking about his future; being just three months from walking down the hill for graduation, he already knows what he wants to do.
“After I graduate and track is finished, I really want to go to either med school or grad school – I’m not sure which one though,” Toussaint said.
In his spare time, just like many other Jayhawk track and field athletes, all Toussaint does is run.
“Believe it or not, I really like to run. Even when I’m not at track practice, I like to run,” Toussaint said before practice. “If I’m not doing that, I’ll be playing basketball. As long as whatever I am doing has to do with running, I will do it.”
All of that running is paying off for Toussaint, after day one of the 2011 Big 12 Indoor Track and Field Championships, he has qualified for the finals in the 600 yard, with a time of 1:11.05.
The finals of the 600 yard will take place Saturday, Feb. 26 at 3:55 p.m. at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.