Wolverine Athlete Spotlight: Erick Gavin
Erick Gavin

Feb. 21, 2014

Senior Erick Gavin discusses his best race of the season last weekend, preparing to compete in his final home meet, preparations for the Big Ten Championships, as well as his relationship with fellow hurdler Herman Washington.

On running his best race of the season last weekend in New Mexico ... "My mindset going in was that I haven't had a lot of races for this indoor season and I really want to put a time down that is reflective of what I've been working on in practice. Flying out that far to New Mexico and being in a different place, you don't want to make that trip not worth it -- that really put things in perspective. I think I ran a good prelim, but a lot of stuff came together in the finals."

On looking back on his career at U-M ... "It's been a journey to say the least. I've grown, not only as an athlete, but as a person throughout these years. Through all the injuries and what I've been through, I really respect what Michigan has given me and wearing this block M really means a lot to me. I'm glad that it's coming to an end because I'm a senior and I'm ready for that next step, but it's sad at the same time thinking about it. I have a lot of great memories to reflect on and I'm very happy with what I've done."

On what the team is looking to improve upon in the last meet before Big Tens ... "I know a lot of people who are trying to improve on small things like technique. I think it's about putting all the things everybody has been working on together. People have been having a good start or have good form coming out, but it's the little things that set them back from really showing everyone what they've been working on. It's all about putting the little things together when Big Tens come."

On having the whole team together this weekend at home ... "It's a great feeling. Track is usually thought of as an individual sport, but when you see your teammates go out and do well, it makes you want to go out and do well. Seeing someone do well has a momentum effect. Hurdles and are first event so if you see me or Herman (Washington) do well at the beginning, it builds people up to do well in their races. I want to be that catalyst for everybody else."

On his bond with fellow hurdler Herman Washington ... "That's my brother in a sense. I've really grown to know him over the years. I've gone through quite a bit with my mom passing last year and he really helped me through that point in my life. Having to come back from that and stay consistent with school and track, it means a lot to me that I have someone to share that with that's going through a lot of the exact things as I'm going through. He's a hurdler, I'm a hurdler, we're both at Michigan. We were roommates sophomore year and still are now. It means a lot having someone to go through this journey of ups and downs with and I really appreciate him being here for me -- and I'm here for him too."

On his future plans as a philosophy and psychology major ... "I'm double majoring in philosophy and psychology and I'm planning to go to law school. I'm hoping to go to law school here at Michigan actually. I've applied a lot of different places, but going here would be really great."

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Contact: Whitney Dixon (whitdix@umich.edu)