Blumberg off the Bench

1 decade 11 months 4 weeks ago Tuesday, May 22 2007 May 22, 2007 Tuesday, May 22, 2007 4:03:27 PM CDT May 22, 2007 in Sports

The competition for Patrick Stroupe is no walk in the park. The Central Methodist student is a four time NAIA National Champion in a sport most people probably don't know much about. Stroupe recently earned a chance to walk his way into the 2008 Olympics, and he turned a joke into multiple National Championships.

"We'd make fun of her doing it and I was the best at making fun of her... So I got to do it," Stroupe says.

He's talking about racewalking... A sport where you attack the track one step at a time.

"He's an 8 time Heart of America conference champion," says Stroupe's coach, Nate Rucker. "He's a 4 time NAIA national champion... 2 time indoor, 2 time outdoor....and he's a 7 time All-American both indoor and outdoor.

"The rules are you have to have one foot on the ground at all times or one foot in contact with the ground and then your knee has to be locked from the time your foot touches the ground until it passes under your body," says Stroupe.

He's got a secret to his success... he doesn't watch his feet. The magic motion is in his hips.

"I can wiggle my hips pretty good. I watched some videos and they said you want to wiggle your hips as much as possible," says Stroup. "His form is pretty close to being flawless. I've never seen a judge even warn him," says Rucker. Stroupe lives life just like practice... one foot in front of the other.

On March 12th, 2006, his family lost it all when a tornado riped through their small hometown of Armstrong.

"We lost our house and my dad lost his business, so it was tough, but it gave us a chance to reevaluate somethings and start over," he says.

They started over with a little bit of help... The CMU track team raised about $3000 in an event called the 'Stroupe-A-Loop.'

"We're getting close to being done with that and happy to have something again," Stroupe says.

"It's cool to see how a family can rebuild after that and how they've done it all themselves,"says Geoff Karhoff, Stroupe's racewalker teammate.

His family's house in Armstrong is almost complete, just like Stroupe's college career.

"He took it just like he handles everything else... He took it a step at a time," says Karhoff.

The upcoming summer will be quite busy for the recent college graduate. In June Stroupe competes at the USA outdoor track and field championships. In July he'll walk down the aisle with his high school sweetheart. But before taking his vows, Stroupe will go for his 5th NAIA Championship on May 24th in Fresno, California.

More News

Grid
List
AUXVASSE - Gov. Eric Greitens spoke at the 16th annual Fire Fighters Memorial Service on Sunday. The service was... More >>
2 hours ago Sunday, May 20 2018 May 20, 2018 Sunday, May 20, 2018 4:05:00 PM CDT May 20, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The Missouri State Highway Patrol is taking to social media to spread awareness of National Safe Boating Week... More >>
3 hours ago Sunday, May 20 2018 May 20, 2018 Sunday, May 20, 2018 3:36:00 PM CDT May 20, 2018 in News
FULTON - All 6-year-old Sam Santhuff wanted to do was comfort children in the hospital, even though he was there... More >>
12 hours ago Sunday, May 20 2018 May 20, 2018 Sunday, May 20, 2018 6:47:00 AM CDT May 20, 2018 in News
CAMDEN COUNTY - The Missouri State Highway Patrol has released the identities of the three people killed and the two... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, May 19 2018 May 19, 2018 Saturday, May 19, 2018 6:42:00 PM CDT May 19, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Children in Columbia have a chance to get paid to play. Columbia Parks and Recreation started its... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, May 19 2018 May 19, 2018 Saturday, May 19, 2018 6:10:00 PM CDT May 19, 2018 in News
HAVANA (AP) — The Latest on the crash in Cuba of a passenger jet with 113 people on board (all... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, May 19 2018 May 19, 2018 Saturday, May 19, 2018 5:23:00 PM CDT May 19, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Over 90 people showed up at the Burr Oak Brewery for an afternoon of puppies, yoga and beer... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, May 19 2018 May 19, 2018 Saturday, May 19, 2018 4:50:00 PM CDT May 19, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Although it is nowhere near Halloween, some Columbia runners faced their fears by participating in a zombie-themed 5K... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, May 19 2018 May 19, 2018 Saturday, May 19, 2018 11:12:00 AM CDT May 19, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA- The city of Columbia has been ranked a top-ten affordable college town to live in by realtor.com. Factors... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, May 19 2018 May 19, 2018 Saturday, May 19, 2018 10:41:00 AM CDT May 19, 2018 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Mississippi River is above flood stage at several northeast Missouri locations, but forecasters do... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, May 19 2018 May 19, 2018 Saturday, May 19, 2018 9:29:44 AM CDT May 19, 2018 in Continuous News
(CNN) -- And they're married! Britain's Prince Harry and US actress Meghan Markle were wed Saturday at Windsor... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, May 19 2018 May 19, 2018 Saturday, May 19, 2018 7:09:00 AM CDT May 19, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA- The United states is experiencing one of the lowest birth rates in 30 years, according to the Centers for... More >>
1 day ago Friday, May 18 2018 May 18, 2018 Friday, May 18, 2018 9:08:00 PM CDT May 18, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Attorney General Josh Hawley says attorneys helping Gov. Eric Greitens through impeachment proceedings are acting improperly. "By... More >>
1 day ago Friday, May 18 2018 May 18, 2018 Friday, May 18, 2018 8:34:00 PM CDT May 18, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The annual Backyard Concert Series kicks off Saturday evening at the Jefferson Landing Historic site. Missouri... More >>
2 days ago Friday, May 18 2018 May 18, 2018 Friday, May 18, 2018 6:45:00 PM CDT May 18, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY –Missourians will soon be able to keep a little more money from their paychecks, after a state House... More >>
2 days ago Friday, May 18 2018 May 18, 2018 Friday, May 18, 2018 6:33:00 PM CDT May 18, 2018 in News
MADISON (AP) — A Columbia man will likely spend the rest of his life in prison for a shooting death... More >>
2 days ago Friday, May 18 2018 May 18, 2018 Friday, May 18, 2018 4:40:00 PM CDT May 18, 2018 in News
WARSAW (AP) — Authorities say the police chief of a western Missouri town was wounded after a 16-year-old boy shot... More >>
2 days ago Friday, May 18 2018 May 18, 2018 Friday, May 18, 2018 4:24:00 PM CDT May 18, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri's Republican-led Legislature approved tax cuts for both individuals and corporations Friday and sent a gas-tax... More >>
2 days ago Friday, May 18 2018 May 18, 2018 Friday, May 18, 2018 4:18:00 PM CDT May 18, 2018 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 78°
7pm 79°
8pm 76°
9pm 73°
10pm 71°