Oraine Wint, a sophomore kinesiology major on the Texas Wesleyan track team, has set and broken many school records in his short time at Wesleyan.
Wint, who is from Jamaica, also represents his home country in international competitions.
“In Jamaica, I compete in the 5K, and the 1500, and here at Wesleyan I compete in the 1000 meter, 1500 meter, 5K, and the mile,” Wint said.
Wint graduated from Bellefield High School in Manchester Parish, Jamaica, and was recruited to run track at Western Texas Junior College in Snyder, Texas, where he competed for two seasons.
His college coaches at Western were impressed with his work ethic, and the time and effort he put into his workouts.
“Oraine was a hard-working young man,” Western Texas track coach James Williams said. “He loves running in and of itself as well as the excitement of competition. He was an All- American for us.”
Wesleyan head coach Natnael Amare says that “the sky is the limit for Oraine” and he can be “something really special, as long as he focuses on school first.”
According to Ram Sports, while at Western Texas College Oraine posted personal records in the 1500 meter (3:54) and the 5000 meter (15:38).
Wint had offers from Division I programs such as Texas Tech but he chose Texas Wesleyan because he wanted to attend a small school.
“I chose Wesleyan because it was a smaller school and I wanted to be able to get more time running, and be able to have the coach look at me more.” Wint said.
On March 28, Wint and teammate Antony Kimaiyo ran the 1500 meter and both posted NAIA National Qualifying times. Wint placed second among 38 runners with a time of 3:52.24, while Kimaiyo placed sixth with a time of 3:56.11, both of which shattered the school record of 3:57.76 set by Kimaiyo a season ago.
Wint was also named Sooner Athletic Conference Men’s Track & Field Athlete of the Week for February 16-22. He set school records with NAIA National Qualifying marks in two events at the Texas Tech Red Raider Open on February 20. He ran the 600 yard dash in 1:15.06 and completed the 1000m in 2:33.38. In both events he broke his own school record.
Wint now owns the top three times in program history in the 1000m and top two in the 600 yard dash.
Wint has high hopes for both himself and the team for not only this season but in the future as well.
“For me personally, I want to be in the Hall of Fame,” Wint said. “For the team, I want to be able to win conference especially with cross country season coming up.”
Wint also hopes to compete one day at the International games and at the Olympics, and bring home a gold medal.
“I’m really looking forward to hopefully competing in the World Championships, and the Olympics,” Wint said. “I’ve really put in a lot of work day in and day out, and I hope I get the chance to compete.”