Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Senior track standout finds success by living his passions at UR

Below is an article published by the University of Richmond on Track & Field All-American, Matt Llano...Go HERE for a direct link.

Matt Llano, who will earn 3 degrees this spring
(Psychology, Spanish & Theatre),
shown here on his way to achieving All-America honors in the 10,000M
at the 2010 NCAA Track & Field Championships in Eugene, OR.
He achieved a season best of 28:51 in the event and
returned this fall leading the Spiders to 24th place
at the NCAA Cross Country Championships.
(Dan Petty Photo)

University of Richmond
January 25, 2011

Matt Llano, ’11, was always taught to follow his passions to find his purpose in life.

Llano came to the University of Richmond with the intention of being a biology and chemistry major, but soon decided that wasn’t a path he wanted to pursue. Instead, he chose to combine three majors that were more in line with his personal interests.

With family from Spain and Puerto Rico, a major in Latin American and Iberian studies was a way to learn more about his heritage and the language of past generations. A psychology course at the University inspired him to take a more in depth look at the subject. And theatre was a chance to have fun with a creative outlet.

“For a long time, I had this idea that I wanted to be a doctor; that was my idea of success,” he says. “Then I realized that’s not what it’s all about and I wouldn’t be happy. I wanted to be sure that I was passionate about whatever I was doing.”

His time at Richmond also led Llano to consider turning his biggest passion — running — into a career.

Llano wasn’t a standout track athlete in high school, but still aspired to run for a Division I university.


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