Q and A: Track and Field Athlete Krystal Deyo

March 11, 2009

By Keenan Bowen, EWU Sports Information

Records are made to be broken -- even unexpectedly.

Krystal Deyo accomplished all of her goals for the 2009 Eastern Washington University indoor track season, including the breaking of the 10-year-old school record in the 60 meters two weekends ago at the Big Sky Conference Championships. Her time of 7.55 propelled her to a second-place finish and earned her all-conference honors as she broke the previous school record of 7.67 by Celeste Stutheit.

There was one thing she wasn't planning on, and that was breaking Eastern's long jump record. Deyo did just that, also at the Big Sky Championships, with a jump of 19-2 3/4 - breaking the mark of 19-0 set by Taneka Sauls in 1998. Ironically, the EWU long jump record was actually broken three different times at this year's Big Sky Championships. Deyo had originally set the record with a jump of 19-2 1/4 on her second jump, but Eagle teammate Brianna Okoro followed with a jump of 19-2 1/2 on her second attempt. Okoro's mark then moved to second all-time when Deyo turned in her record leap of 19-2 3/4 on her third jump.

In addition to being selected as February Scholar-Athlete of the Month by the EWU Athletic Department, Deyo has been named to the Big Sky Conference All-Academic team three times in her Eagle career. A junior who graduated from Castle Rock, Wash., High School in 2006 is majoring in journalism.

Eastern kicks-off the outdoor season on March 21 at the Dusty Lane Invitational in Spokane, Wash. The Eagles will then head to Palo Alto, Calif., for the Stanford Invitational on March 27 and 28.


Q: Who have been the most influential people in your academic career?

A: "It would have to be mom and my grandma. I've always had trouble figuring out what I wanted to do for a profession and they always told me to follow my heart and do what makes me happy. That's kind of what I live by now. I also have to give credit to my Uncle Bob who actually ran track for Eastern back in the day. He has always told me that working hard will get you so much farther than just plain talent will."

Q: Who has been your favorite professor at EWU and why?

A: "I have had two favorite professors. One is Scott Finnie, who I had for African American History classes - he is so funny and laid back, yet I learned so much from him. The other would be my journalism professor Jamie Neely, who inspired me to want to be a writer and now I'm a journalism major. She has been more than just a teacher, but also a friend and a support system."

Q: To what do you attribute your academic success?

A: "I think that the aspect that really drives me in my studies is that I want to be a positive change in the world. I know that sounds cliché but I refuse to believe that the world is just fine the way it is. There are too many homeless people and too many going hungry - I need to do something about that. If I work hard in school I will hopefully get a job that serves others. I also want to get rid of the stereotype that all athletes are dumb. There are a lot of really smart athletes out there and I would like to be considered one of them."

Q: What are your plans for your post-college career?

A: "If I could do anything I wanted post-college, and could afford it, I would like to go to Africa for a few years and work with children, write, and take pictures. The AIDS epidemic is out of control and I've always felt that I have been called to help out. But realistically and financially I know that probably won't happen right away. Right out of school I'm just hoping to find a job in communications, public relations or journalism so I can pay off some of these student loans. And of course I want to get married, have kids and lots of dogs!"

Q: You broke two school records at the BSC Indoor Championships. What was your initial reaction after the race and jump?

A: "To be perfectly honest, I had no idea that I broke the long jump record until later that evening. When I heard I just thought, `how the heck could I have done something like that?' It was a really cool feeling but it still really hasn't set in yet. In the 60 meters, it was my goal all season to break the record. I knew I could get it, so when I did I was relieved. We have so much talent on this team right now that I doubt I will hold either record for long."

Q: Did you set any goals for the indoor season and would you say you accomplished them?

A: "I was very pleased to have set both of my initial goals this indoor season. I wanted to make it to finals in the long jump and place in top three in the 60 meters. Once I realized that I was kind of good at the 60, my goals started to get a little more ambitious as the season went on. I am very happy with second place -- it felt just as good as first would have."

Q: What are you looking forward to most about the outdoor season? Any goals?

A: "Outdoor season is what I live for. I love the atmosphere of an outdoor track meet -- it's so alive. I'm really excited to see what the 100-meter dash will have in store for me. I set a goal this past summer for the 100 and I want to win it at the Big Sky Championships. It's a very courageous goal but I'm ready to work very hard to reach it."

Q: What do you like best, indoor or outdoor track season?

A: "Indoor and outdoor really feel like two different sports. I don't know if I really have a favorite because sometimes when you're on the little indoor track and your legs are hurting, all you want to do is go practice outside. But on the other hand, when you're practicing outside and it starts to snow and the wind freezes you, all you want to do is go inside. There's good and bad of both."

Q: What is your best track and field moment?

A: "Last outdoor season when I was on the 4x100-meter relay team, we ended up getting second and that was probably my best memory. I'll be honest -- we sucked all season and then when we got to conference we did so well. When we finished the race, Sarah Frey and I sprinted through the field at each other, excited, screaming, hugging, and jumping - it was great. Accomplishing something as a team feels so much better than doing it alone."

Q: If you could run the 60-meter dash against any professional athlete, who would it be and why? What about the long jump?

A: "If I could to race against any pro athlete it would have to be Sanya Richards, and in the long jump it would be Carl Lewis -- just so I could meet them. I wouldn't stand a chance competing against them!"

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