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Conversations: JinHan Justin Song ’05

April 17, 2011

Song

Justin Song graduated in 2005 as one of the fastest boys in Stony Brook history, garnering All-League, All-County and All-State honors.  He blazed to some of the fastest times in school history in the 100 meter dash (11.21 FAT), 200 meter dash (22.56 FAT) and 400 meter dash (50.9 hand-time).  Since then he has been carving out a place on Davidson College’s track squad:

2005-2006: Set the season-best time in the 200 meter dash with a time of 22.84 at the Carolina Fast Times… earned All-Conference honors as part of the 4×100 meter relay team that finished 3rd at the SoCon Outdoor Championships… set a 400m personal best of 49.45 in post-season meet.

2006-2007: Member of school-record breaking outdoor 4x400m relay team that placed 2nd in 3:15.98 at the SoCon Championships… lead the team in the 200m (22.48), placed 5th in the 400m (49.77) and led off the 4th best 4x100m relay time in Davidson history (42.31)… during indoor season posted Davidson’s fastest 60m time of the season (7.25) and also ran team’s 2nd fastest 200m of the indoor season in 23.50 at the Carolina Invitational… both performances ranked among the top-10 best all-time at Davidson… ran the 1st leg outdoors of one of the top 10 4x400m relay teams in Davidson history, placing 5th in 3:19.53 at the Coastal Carolina Invitational… ran the anchor leg of winning 4x400m (3:20.65) effort and tied for sixth in the 400m (49.58) at the Emory Invitational… member of school-record breaking outdoor 4x400m relay team that placed 3rd in 3:18.01 and the 3rd place finishing 4x100m relay team (43.08) at the Charlotte Invitational… led team in the 100m (11.34) and 200m (22.58) while also contributing to the 7th fastest 4x400m performance in Davidson history (3:18.28) at the Duke Invitational… competed in the prestigious Penn Relay Carnival on Davidson’s 4x400m team, which ran a Davidson top-10 3:17.20 … reached semifinals in the 400m at the Korean National Athletics Championship.

2009-2010Returned from mandatory military service in South Korea to compete during outdoor season… ran the third fastest 400m in Davidson history (48.37) to place 5th at the outdoor SoCon Championships … placed 5th in the 400m in 50.67 at the Liberty Collegiate Invitational… also ran legs for Davidson all-time top-10 4x100m (42.12) and 4x400m (3:19.73) relay teams at SoCons… placed 2nd in the 400m (49.62) and ran anchor leg for 3rd place and Davidson all-time top-10 4x400m relay team (3:20.92) at the Carolina’s Cup… ran Davidson’s best 100m time, 11.09, of the season at the Charlotte Invitational… set personal record in the 200m of 22.16 at the North Carolina A&T Invitational.

2010-2011: During indoor track season ran the 3rd fastest 200 meter dash on a banked track in school history (22.82), the 2nd fastest 400 meter dash in school history (50.10) and set the school record in the 60 meter dash in 7.05.

Song is currently in the midst of his senior outdoor season with Davidson and is gearing up for the Southern Conference Championships next weekend.  When he graduates from Davidson in May he has aspirations of making the Korean national team as a 4x400m relay team member for the World Athletics Championships in 2011 held in Daegu, Korea.

>>What is your favorite memory from your SBS athletic career?

Definitely the dual meet against Port Jeff my junior year when Dan Hickey was our team captain–it was also the very year we won the big plaque from Penn Relays!  It was a close meet and the winning team was to be determined by the last event, 4×100 relay.  I was the anchor, but was nervous because we were behind.  As soon as I received the baton from Isom Chapelle I managed to pass the other team’s anchor and so we won the meet.

>>What do you miss most about running for the Bears?

Team practice.  When you are at the collegiate level sometimes you have to train by yourself because of your conflicting class schedule.  I really miss practicing together with friends and just goofing and joking around during practice.

>>How did running at Stony Brook prepare you for you college career?

It taught me dedication, but in terms of training, I can’t really say that it really helped for my college career.  Being a NCAA Division I college athlete is a whole new level up from high school athlete.

>>What is going through your mind in the split second before the gun goes off?

In the 100m, ‘I ain’t letting anyone pass me.’ In the 200m, ‘Let’s do it up.’  And finally in the 400m, ‘Aww… this is going to be another whole new level of pain.’

>>In your senior season at Davidson, what do you hope to accomplish?

With the short time I have left, I hope to break the school record in the 400m and 4x100m relays.

>>What plans do you have in life and running after Davidson?

Well, that depends.  I’m currently looking for jobs in the financial sector.  But if I dip under 47 in the 400m, I’m going for the 2011 World Athletics Championship in Korea as a member of Team Korea’s 4×400. Pray for me guys.

We will!  Good luck!

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