Despite pandemic, former Lobo track star thrives in the world of pro sports | KOB 4

Despite pandemic, former Lobo track star thrives in the world of pro sports

Brandon Ortega
Created: July 26, 2020 10:33 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - KOB 4's Brandon Ortega caught up with one of the greats from UNM's track & field team, Josh Kerr.

Kerr originally hails from Scotland and is currently ranked top 10 in the world for the 1500 meters.


Before he went pro, Kerr was an NCAA champion with the Lobos.

"It's definitely great to come from a program like that, you know, I enjoyed my time at UNM, but when I signed it was time to move on and race professionals," he said.

When athletes leave college early for the pros, they often leave school behind, but Kerr is still continuing to pursue his higher education.

"Got my undergrad degree, graduated that last year in communications and I'm currently pursuing my MBA," he said. "I think I've got another couple semesters left in my MBA. It was a no-brainer for me to continue to do it because I felt like I owed myself that. I'm just kind of looking into different avenues and it's definitely opening up more doors for me, so I definitely feel like it's helping me out and it will help me out in the long run for sure just to more experience in the business side of things."

Despite a global pandemic, Kerr is still finding ways to compete.

He recently won the 1,000 meter race at "The Big Friendly 2" in Oregon.

"It's great they put a lot of work into it, and they were able to get us to race and I'm always grateful for that. It's great to be a part of such a great meet but there's just not a lot of them happening at the moment, and we're trying to keep them as safe as possible," Kerr said.

As if being a professional runner didn't keep Kerr busy enough, he also has a podcast called Sit and Kick where he interviews runners and takes a deep dive into the lives of athletes beyond the track.

"Trying to get to know them a little bit more and kind of not ask the boring questions that we normally get asked and just have a bit of fun with it," he said.

Kerr plans to run at the next Big Friendly event in Oregon on July 31.

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