As an airman, Austin has been on the move often, including a six-month deployment to Iraq. He has been earning his education piecemeal as the opportunity coincided with his assignments. York College is the fourth school he's attended and he says that it's his favorite because of the sense of community and support on campus.
Austin plans to complete a degree in education at York College in 2015. His ambition is to be a high school PE teacher and a running and weight conditioning coach. His wife, Ashley, is a high school math teacher in McCool Junction, Neb. The couple has one son, Brantley, who is six months old.
Being a dad has made competitive running more of a challenge, says Austin. There have been some long nights up with a fussy baby when he should have been resting in preparation for a meet. "Sometimes it makes it hard to train," he says, "but it's all worth it when I see him smile."
(Top photo courtesy The Indian Leader)
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