One of MSUM's greatest athletes preparing for final daysMoorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - One of the most decorated athletes in MSU Moorhead Track and Field history is wrapping up his career over the next few days. Derek Bredy is a four-time All-American and is taking part in his sixth national track meet, competing in the 400, long jump and triple jump.
By: Jody Norstedt, WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY
Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - One of the most decorated athletes in MSU Moorhead Track and Field history is wrapping up his career over the next few days. Derek Bredy is a four-time All-American and is taking part in his sixth national track meet, competing in the 400, long jump and triple jump.
Take a look at the MSU Moorhead Dragons track and field wall of records and you'll see the name “Derek Bredy” over and over, from sprinting to the long jump. But, as a young boy this was never his goal.
Derek Bredy, Dragons Sprinter & Jumper: “I always had dreams of anywhere from skateboarding to basketball, to football, to snowboarding, to anything that was athletic, but track never crossed my mind.”
But now in his final year at MSUM, track seems to be the only thing on his mind.
Bredy: “With track and being in the weight room, because that's a big part of it. I get to just put my headphones in and not worry about, and not worry about anything else that's going on.”
A big influence on Bredy's career has been assistant coach Rahn Sheffield, a nationally renowned coach who's helped train Olympians. After arriving in 2012, Sheffield has been there to push Bredy every step of the way.
Rahn Sheffield, Dragons Asst. Track & Field Coach: “Well, Derek is a very focused athlete. He's always had the talent. He lacked the focus. He needed direction when I first got here. He already had the dream. I'm just the map maker. He was looking for a map maker and that was me.”
Derek has flourished in his final year. In March he finished 4th in the 200 at the national indoor meet, his highest finish ever. And now the 16-time conference champ, will close out his career on the biggest stage, competing in three different events.
Bredy: “It's been four years of trying to get to that point that I'm not going to back off now.”
Sheffield: “I believe it's hitting him now. The reality of this is my last jump. This is my last run. How do I want to be remembered?”
Bredy plans to move to Florida this summer and pursue a professional running career.