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NCAA Track and Field Championships - Day Two Quotes
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Release Date: 06/12/2014
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Jenna Prandini, Oregon - Advances to Women’s 200 Meter Final – 22.95

On her performance in the 200…

“I was happy with it. I was just worried about qualifying this race, so I went out there and stayed as relaxed as I could.”

On knowing there was little margin for error today…

“I knew I needed to get through this round, so I came out here and did what my coach wanted me to do.”

On how she feels after competing yesterday…

“I feel good, my trainers worked with me a lot last night and I came back out here today and felt ready to go for the 200.”

On her mentality going into the 100 tomorrow…

“I just have to stick to my race plan and not worry about who else is in the heat. I think that if I do what I do everyday in practice I will be happy with the result.”

On the mood of the team today…

“Last night we talked and everyone’s fired up. We are still hungry for the title and we’re going to go out there and give it all we’ve got.”

Greg Skipper, Oregon- Fourth Place Men’s Hammer Throw

On his performance…

“My big throw was the fifth one. I felt good, things were clicking and my legs were there. The winning throw was 73 meters—that’s almost four meters over what it was last year. It was really close in the top five, and it was just a great competition.”

 “Obviously, I came in wanting to win, but that didn’t happen. I scrapped for some points for the team, and that’s all they really needed, so I’m happy.”

Matthias Tayala, Kent State – First Place Men’s Hammer Throw – 73.57m (241-4)

On what the win means…

“It means a lot. I knew it could be done but on that last throw I didn’t really expect it. I just got the crowd into it with me and they really helped me on that last throw.”

On staying fair…

“I had a decent first throw, but then I relaxed a little bit to much and went after it a little too much. I knew there was a big throw in there today, I felt it in the warm ups and I’m glad I did it on my last throw.”

On his last throw…

“I knew I had secured third so I just went in and looked for the big throw and I got it.”

Mac Fleet, Oregon - Advances to Men’s 1500 Meter Final

On Sam Prakel advancing…

 “Yeah, I was very excited. He’s a blue chip that came out of high school and ran a 3:46 as a senior, which is incredible. He just hasn’t had the season we all really expected from him. I thought he would be close to my record during the indoor season because I think he’s that caliber of athlete, but I don’t think he realizes how good he could be.”

On his own performance…

“I felt great. It was our typical go to race style that’s been successful for me in the past. The field started out a little bit slower than we thought it would be but it was good.”

Sam Prakel, Oregon – Advances to Men’s 1500 Meter Final

On how the lane opened up for him in the final stretch…

“I knew things were going to open up on the final stretch. I had something left in the tank and I definitely wanted to use it. There wasn’t anyone on the outside of me and I knew if the smallest space opened up on the outside of me I could do it, and that’s what I did.”

On if his previous goal had changed coming into the race…

“I set my goal a long time ago and I feel that it was reachable. I knew I had a lot of potential even though I didn’t do much in high school. I got hungrier as the season progressed and I knew I could do this.”

On if his mentality coming in was to try to surprise people…

“Yeah, I mean I don’t think I was expected to do anything great here. I’m happy with myself and coach had high expectations, so that helped.”

Sarah Penney, Oregon – Advances to Women’s 1500 Meter Final - 4:18.10

On the race…

“I was getting pushed around. It was tactical, it was windy, but I just told myself to stay calm even if I was dead last most of the race. I knew it would open up.”

On how physical the race was…

“I don’t even know what the times were, but that’s all I remember is it being really physical.”

On the team’s performance on day one…

“It was really upsetting, but we are pulling points from other areas that we didn’t expect. That’s part of being a team, just pulling points and seeing what happens in the end. We are going to keep our heads up until the end of day four.”

On their team meeting after day one…

“It really refocuses us. Coming back to the team and remembering it is a team thing and not an individual thing really puts less pressure on us.”

Laura Bobek, Oregon - Third Place Women’s Discus

On her feelings right now…

“I’m really excited but sad at the same time because this is my last year, but I’d like to go out this way and get points for the team. After yesterday we needed more team and I’m just really excited I was able to help.”

On the conditions…

“It was rough on the first flight because it was raining, but it got better and I took advantage of that.”

On ending on big throws…

“I actually haven’t ended like that all year, but I’ll take it right now.”

On breaking the Oregon record…

“It was great. I can’t even really describe the feelings about it because that was my goal coming in here because I’m from Oregon. That was my goal the first year and it happened, it just had to take five years”

Shelbi Vaughan, Texas A&M- First Place Women’s Discus Throw

On winning after fouling in Rounds 1, 2, & 4…

“It was really frustrating, but it’s happened to me in a lot of big meets. I like to play a game with my coach and tell him that I’m not scared at all. There’s always a little part of me that gets nervous, but I think that helps me prepare for my next throw, which could possibly be my last throw.”

On her best throw…

“It was really close to me falling out, but I had to tell myself that it was my last chance, so I had to stay in.”

On winning the event….

“Last year, I felt really bad because I was supposed to contribute ten points to the team. Knowing that I had that chance again this year, and doing it really feels great. I don’t feel like I let my team down this year.”

Tanguy Pepiot, Oregon – Advances to Men’s 3000 Meter Steeplechase Final - 8:50.03

On qualifying…

“I wanted to get second or third. I think I did a great job. After the final hurdles I took a look at the screen and noticed I was fifth so I thought okay, just conserve energy for the final. I am very confident and happy with what I did today and look forward to the final.”

On saving energy for Saturday…

“I felt really good. At the end, I just did what I had to in order to qualify and I will fight Saturday for the final.”

On the team…

“I want to thank my teammates for what they have done for me because we have a great team this year.”

Kendall Williams, Georgia - Heptathlon Leader After Four Events

On the hurdles…

“That was incredible. I had no idea that was going to happen. I felt like I got out really well and felt smooth going through the race. I never expected to be that fast and then at the end I heard Petros go ‘Ya!’ so that’s when I knew I had run a fast time.”

On going into tomorrow…

“I’m in the lead by 192 points, I think. It’s pretty comfortable so I hope to extend that lead tomorrow.”

On competing at Hayward Field…

“It’s really nice. The energy here is great and I like the track.”

On her score…

“I don’t look at my overall score. I just look at it per event. I do my best each event and the score will come with it.”

Devon Allen, Oregon – Advances to Men’s 110 Meter Hurdles Final

On today…

“I just wanted to make sure I qualified and made it to the finals.”

On Jonathan Cabral getting hurt…

“He’s my teammate and he’s my roommate in the hotel, so it’s sad seeing him these last couple days trying to build up some strength to be able to run today.”

On his improvement after football season…

“Speed wise, I am in a lot better shape and my legs feel fresher. I’m running all around better. I am happy I have had this month to train and peak for nationals.”

Laura Roesler, Oregon- Advances to Women’s 4x400 Meter Final

On qualifying for the final…

“One unfortunate leg wasn’t going to define the race. We knew what we needed to do, and we came out to get the job done. It wasn’t about doing anything amazing, just being in the top-two, and that’s what we did.”

On preparing for the final…

“I haven’t thought ahead to tomorrow yet. I was just focusing on the job that we needed to do today. I’ll regroup and rest up tonight. I don’t race until later tomorrow, so I’ll figure out what I’m doing when the time comes. But I’ve done the whole four races in four days a couple years now, so it’s a big race everyday.”

On the possibility of winning a National Championship…

“Tomorrow’s a big deal, and for me personally, that’ll be achieving a goal. But I can’t get too caught up in one race; it’s not going to define me as an athlete. I’ve had a great year, so tomorrow’s just going to be another big race and there’s going to be many more to come after that.”

Arthur Delaney, Oregon – Advances to Men’s 200 Meter Final

On racing to score in the 200…

“I’m excited like I’ve been saying. It’s just an amazing atmosphere here on my home track, I’m ready.”

Dakotah Keys, Oregon – Third Place Decathlon

On his mentality going into the final event…

“Coach is always really honest with me in those situations. He trusts me to run fast now matter what and he let me know that I was sitting fifth and told me what I had to run to get the fourth or the third spot. So I had the mentality to run as fast as I can and stay true to my training.”

On how he feels on his performance over the two days…

“Over the two days the only thing on my mind has been the team. We had a team meeting the last two nights and that’s all we said is to compete. So I tried to come out here and compete and scrap for every point that I could.”

Emma Bates, Boise State- First Place Women’s 10,000 Meter

On the finish…

“It was a complete blur. I was so confused about what happened when I crossed the finish line. I didn’t know if I could do it. Those last 10 meters I really dug deep, kept my head back and my form was all over the place, but it worked. “

On holding off her competitors…

“I really wanted to win today. I think it was all just mental. It pushed me to the finish line and it felt really good to get there.  I took a look at the Jumbotron and saw her [Elinor Kirk, UAB] over my shoulder, so I knew she was going to be pulling hard.”

On winning at the NCAA Championships…

“It’s such a relief. I never thought I’d be in the top-three, let alone first place. I came in second in cross-country, and last year I took third and seventh, so I didn’t really think last year that I’d be in this position. But at the beginning of this season I knew that I could be up there again pushing for the win.”

Marquis Dendy, Florida – First Place Men’s Long Jump

On his winning jump…

“It was good for the conditions out there. I really can’t complain, a win is a win so I’m just happy with that.”

On reasons for taking the last jump when it wasn’t necessary…

“I was just in the moment and actually wanted to qualify for the U.S.A’s cause my farthest mark of the year was still off the mark, but with this jump I qualified so I felt good.”

On how it feels jumping in front of the crowd…

“Tracktown is definitely a good place to jump, nothing but compliments for this area”

On moving the championships to different places…

“I think it would help the sport grow if I was at different places like California or Atlanta. Just having it at different places would help it grow, but not Gainesville.”

On earning points for the team…

“I told my teammates I had to make up for all the other years of not scoring in the outdoor, so I told them I’m going to make it up today and Saturday.”

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