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Former Midget, Juhl is National Champion

By Staff | May 27, 2010

HUTCHINSON, Kan. – It just keeps getting better for former Estherville Lincoln Central standout runner Matt Juhl.

Now a sophomore at Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge, the former Midget teamed with fellow Tritons Willard Lewis, Terence Lee and Conroy Crossman to earn a national championship in the 4×800-meter relay at the 2010 NJCAA National Outdoor meet held in Hutchinson, Kan., on May 25.

The win made the quartet both the national indoor and outdoor champion in the 4×800 this season, and their winning time of 7 minutes, 38 seconds was a school record.

“We were pretty confidant going into nationals,” said Juhl, who’s 1:54 split was a personal best. “We knew what we had to do and we went in there and got it done.”

Already a highly decorated collegiate athlete in cross country as well as track and field, Juhl hopes to continue his success in both sports at Missouri Southern in the fall.

“They’re a really good program,” he said. “They’ve had lots of success.”

Juhl has enjoyed his time at Iowa Central, especially getting to know his fellow athletes.

“It was a great experience,” he said. “It was fun getting to know different people. Two of my best friends both ran here and are from Ireland. Hopefully we can stay in touch.”

While he’s no stranger to the track, Juhl plans to do a different kind of racing this summer – the type with four wheels.

“I’ve been racing since I was nine,” he said. “But this is my first time racing sprint cars. I can’t wait to get started. I’m a little nervous.”

Juhl’s first action will come this weekend as he makes his debut appearance in Jackson.