May 20, 2010

Miller looking to finish strong

As Tanner Miller wraps up his high school career, he is looking to finish strong and go out on top with a big performance at the state track meet this week. The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Miller, who qualified in four events, enters competition with the fastest time in the 110-meter hurdles and 400-meter hurdles in Class 2A. The future Hawkeye safety talks about his goals this week, his future at Iowa, and much more.

Q: How soon do you graduate?

MILLER: We graduate a week from Sunday, so May 30th.

Q: Before all of that, you have a big couple of days coming up with state track. What events are you running in Des Moines?

MILLER: I'm running the open 200, the 400 hurdles, the 110 high hurdles, and the 4x400.

Q: Overall, how has the season gone for you up until now?

MILLER: It's been great. We've had to overcome a little bit of adversity within our team, but we really came together. We have a lot of young guys and with our senior class, we're a pretty tight group. For me personally, I think I've had a pretty good year. I got second at the Drake Relays in the 400 hurdles and I think this weekend could really cap it off, hopefully, the way that I want to.

Q: Is that kind of what you're looking for is to finish on a high note since this will be your last high school competition?

MILLER: Yeah, definitely. Track is definitely a love of mine and I want to go out on a high note and end it the right way.

Q: What do you think you have to do to make sure you run your best this week?

MILLER: I think it's just focusing on the little things. The aspect of the race will take care of itself, but it's the little things like sitting in there in the start. It's just having the right focus, taking care of the things that I can control, and letting everything else take care of itself.

Q: Once track and graduation is over, when are you starting workouts in Iowa City?

MILLER: I'm going to report June 7th. That's when quite a few of us are coming in.

Q: What are you looking forward to this summer working with the team?

MILLER: I think it's just getting to know the guys, getting comfortable around the strength staff and the coaches, and getting familiar with the program and how things run. I think being comfortable is a huge aspect being an incoming freshman, so that's really the biggest part is getting familiar with all of the guys and creating friendships.

Q: What have you heard from the coaches since signing day? Are you still coming in at safety?

MILLER: Yeah, free safety is the plan right now. I've talked with Coach Phil Parker on a fairly regular basis, probably once or twice a month, and the plan is to just work hard this summer and we'll see how it goes once camp starts.

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