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Published April 12, 2012, 10:33 PM

Dragons tracksters benefit from world class coaching

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - You don't find a world class trainer at most colleges, let alone Division two schools, but that's the good fortune of MSUM, where the Dragon tracksters are under the watchful eye of Rahn Sheffield.

You don't find a world class trainer at most colleges, let alone Division two schools, but that's the good fortune of MSUM, where the Dragon tracksters are under the watchful eye of Rahn Sheffield.

Rahn Sheffield has trained some of the best athletes in the world--boxer Oscar De La Hoya, major league baseball players, and NFL players, including Cam Newton, last year's number one overall pick.

Rahn Sheffield – MSUM Assistant Track Coach: “My job is to push a guy so hard so that he has 100 reasons to quit and only 1 reason not to. I have tried to break him, and when the smoke cleared, he was still standing.”

Sheffield also coach track at San Diego State for over 20 years. But last month, he received the ultimate honor. Sheffield was the Head Women's coach for Team USA at the World track and field championships in Turkey.

Rahn Sheffield: “When you walk in and everyone is a contender for a medal...it's an amazing feeling...what other honor is there when you've coached the best?”

Through a friendship with Dragons' head coach Keith Barnier, Sheffield is now an assistant at MSUM, because, despite working with some of the elite athletes in the world...

Rahn Sheffield: ”I feel the most effective in the development of the athlete, and that's at a university.

Thanks in part to Sheffield, the Dragons broke 14 school records this indoor season.

Rahn Sheffield: “They have some really good athletes here...I know why they win here...”

Sheffield says one of his main points of emphasis in working with athletes at MSUM is the mental aspect.

Rahn Sheffield: “How to get athletes to dream further than their physical ability. I see a lot of athletes that could be great, but are standing in their own way. As long as you stay a student, you can always get better. “

Dragons are prepping for the Mount Sac Relays next weekend in LA.

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