Miles Ukaoma, Nebraska – First Place Men’s 400 Meter Hurdles - 49.23

On having his season best at Heyward Field…

“This year I was able to get it right and peak at the national meet.”

On the wind…

“We were getting a lot of wind. I felt like I was being pushed around in my lane, but you aren’t really thinking about that when you are trying to run.”

On how he got started in the 400 Meter Hurdles…

“Billy Maxwell introduced me to doing the intermediate hurdles and since day one it has been my thing and really stuck.”

On running with Michael Stigler [Kansas]…

“It’s awesome just to run with him. He’s a great guy and great competitor. I love competing against other people, that’s what I love more than anything.”

Remona Burchell, Alabama – First Place Women’s 100 Meter Dash – 11.25

On how the wind affected the race…

“I wasn’t worried about it at the time. I wanted a faster time, but I can’t control the wind.”

On her mentality during the race…

“All I wanted to do was make it to the finish line. I was ahead, so I just wanted to get to the finish line.”

Kendall Williams, Georgia – First Place Heptathlon

On how it feels to win a national championship…

“It’s kind of unbelievable, just judging by how the first day went. I had some good performances, but I also had some bad ones and it was the same thing today. It feels good to be able to still pull it out. I’m just really lucky.”

On falling down during the 800…

“I’ve never fallen in the 800. Going into the run my legs were a little bit tired, so having to get up and finish the rest of the race I just completely hit a wall. I had a feeling like I had lost it, but I was just trying to finish.”

On starting strong with the hurdles yesterday…

“The hurdles were a great start. That’s what kind of set the cushion for the rest of my performances. It was definitely what I needed to maintain a lead throughout the rest of the competition.”

Shamier Little, Texas A&M - First place Women’s 400 Meter Hurdles – 55.07

On her goals going into the race…

“Not too much, I was pretty nervous and the goal was to PR, which is what I did.”

On her feelings about the race and the wind on the back stretch…

“It wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be, but the adrenaline was pumping and once I felt myself feeling more confident I didn’t notice it at all”

On how it felt to have an SEC dominated final…

“It helped. Having Kendra [Harrison] on my inside and Janeil [Bellille] on my outside really helped, they are great starters compared to me and being in the middle of them and not too far behind was really good for me”

On winning as a freshman and looking towards world juniors…

“I was really excited, just screaming, I don’t know what to say, I’m just excited.”

Jenna Prandini, Oregon, Third Place Women’s 100 Meter Final - 11.42

On the race…

“It wasn’t my best start, but I fought to the finish and got as many points as I could for the team.”

On if she has anything left for tomorrow…

“Definitely, I’m really excited for the 200.”

On having a slow start…

“I just focus on my own race and try not to panic. I just stick to my race model.”

Brandon McBride, Mississippi State – First Place Men’s 800 Meter Run – 1:46.26

On his feelings about having the other SEC guys in the race…

“I knew Ryan [Schnulle] was going to be there. I knew a lot of the SEC guys were going to be there the last 50 meters, so I just wanted to take them out of pace and make them uncomfortable. From about 4-6 I tried to increase the pace and shock the pace a little bit because I knew coming down the last 150 I may not be able to turn over as fast as the other guys. I just did what I had to do to win. It was a little windy out there but it’s always good to win an NCAA title”

On the close finish…

“I was just looking at the finish line. I knew they were there. I glanced over at the jumbotron and I knew they were there, I just couldn’t quite see them so I just kept digging for the line.”

Leah O’Connor, Michigan State – First Place Women’s 3000 Meter Steeplechase – 9:36.43

On how it feels to be a national champion…

“It’s surreal, that was amazing. Last year when I left this meet my coach looked at me and said ‘You better start thinking that you can win this next year because you can.’ So after indoor nationals this year I just decided that I really wanted to win. Ever since then I’ve been really focused and doing everything possible.”

On winning by seven seconds…

“I didn’t even know that I won by that much. There’s a lot of really, really fit girls in that field and I think that on any given day some of them could have done it. That last 600 meters is really what I had been training for, just really hammering through that.”

Annika Roloff, Akron – First Place Women’s Pole Vault – 4.40m (14-5 ¼)

On if she came into the event expecting to win…

“No, I never do that. That’s too much pressure and I don’t want to have that on my shoulders.”

On how the day started…

“I had a bad start. I was out almost twice today, so I thought that today just wasn’t my day. Turns out, it was.”

Trayvon Bromell, Baylor- First Place Men’s 100 Meter Dash – 9.97

On winning the 100m in World Junior Record time…

“It was a good race. I just prayed to God that he’d help me get through the race, and he did. All my praises go to him. I jumped off the blocks and he gave me the perfect time for a World Junior Record and I’m happy…  It was a humbling experience and I don’t even know what to say”

On his performance…

“Honestly, the whole race was set up perfectly. When I jumped off the blocks and saw out of my peripheral vision that I was a step or two ahead, I was like, “I got to go.” I tried to keep my composure going down the straightaway. It was all perfect and I was happy.”

On his chances at the World Junior Championships…

“I don’t really try to compare things. Everybody has their own type of talent and speed. We all go out and try to run as fast as we can and try to push the boundaries on how fast the body can run. I’ll just leave it in God’s hands to see how far I can go.”

Laura Roesler, Oregon- First Place Women’s 800 Meter Run – 2:01.22

On taking the lead…

“Big weight off my shoulders. I was pretty nervous, but once the gun went off I had to run within myself. I just needed to want it. [Sonia] Gaskin tripped a little bit with 250 to go, and I got pretty competitive. I was like, “Alright, playtime is over.” Coach [Robert] Johnson said I make one move and one move only, and so I made it then. I went hard and it worked out for me today.”

“He never really tells me when, so I was planning in my head about 150, and then it started getting real tight and people were kind of winding up, and I was like, “I’m going to axe before everyone can react.”

On preparing for the race…

“Since indoors, it’s been weighing on me more and more. After Wednesday, I kind of had to stay off everything—my phone, my computer—because I just didn’t need any added stress. It was a long time coming for me and I had it in me, so there was no reason why I couldn’t go out and get the W today.”

On winning the event…

“I was pretty nervous and kind of sick to my stomach before the race. But my coaches told me that’s the calm before the storm, and that’s just my body getting ready for a big performance. That’s exactly what happened, and they’re always right. I just had to have trust in myself, my coaches and my training; and it all fell into place.”

Deon Lendore, Texas A&M – First Place Men’s 400 Meter Dash - 45.02

On the race…

“I came out here and gave it my best because the competition is always stiff. It’s not good to underestimate anyone because anything is possible at the NCAA Championships.”

On running for Texas A&M…

“I’m always looking forward to the next race and then the next season ahead.”

“Being a champion is good. I got a taste of it in indoors, but most people say the real track is outdoor so I had to come to outdoors and do it again. I tried to get the best of both worlds.”

Hayden Reed, Alabama – First Place Men’s Discus Throw – 62.74m (205-10)

On if he felt he was going to win towards the end of the event…

“You never really know, but I kind of had a clue. There was a lot of adrenaline going, so I was happy to capitalize on it.”

On beating out Julian Wruck [UCLA]…

“He’s a great competitor. I’m glad I won, but it’s also kind of bitter sweet because you hate to beat a senior. I guess whatever happens, happens.”

Mike Berry, Oregon - Second place Men’s 400 Meter Dash - 45.07

On what he was thinking on the back straightaway…

“Win. I mean I wanted to win, that was my goal. I definitely wanted to win, that was my whole mind set going into it. I just wanted to pump my arms the last 80 meters and try as hard as I could.”

 On having a shot at winning…

“I definitely thought I had a shot. That’s what I came here to do, especially in front of Hayward since this is my last race as a Duck in front of all these great fans.”

On entering the last turn…

“I want to run my own race and go at 110, that’s usually my goal and then go hard the last 80. I’ve been running the same race the whole year and that’s what I did.”

Courtney Okolo, Texas - Winner Women’s 400 Meter Dash - 50.23

On the race…

“I just tried to get out well and finish strong. It was a great race.”

On pressure from having the best time in the regular season…

“It adds a little pressure, but I just want to think of the things I did at the Big 12 championship and try and see were I could improve and come out here and run well, so I’m really happy and blessed with the result.”

Bryan McBride, Arizona State – First Place Men’s High Jump - 2.28m

On his feelings going into the event…

“I felt pretty good, but the competition is really good too. I knew I had a chance ,but its anyone’s ball game at that point.”

On Nick Ross…

“Ross is definitely a big mentor of mine. I always look up to that guy and I’ve been in his shadow for a while, but it’s nice to just go out there and do what I know I can do. I learned a lot from him so I’m just proud I got the chance to be number one today.”

Edward Cheserek, Oregon - Second Place Men’s 5000 Meter - 12:18.71

On running with Lawi Lalang…

“It was tough. I was trying to go with 200 meters to go, but he came back. He tapped me a little bit and I lost my movement.”

On coming back from his previous race…

“I feel really good.”

Trevor Dunbar, Oregon – Third Place Men’s 5000 Meter - 13:26.90

On recovering after his previous race…

“I felt like I recovered really well. My training has gone great and I have basically been healthy for over a year now.”

On his plan for the race…

“My plan was to be aggressive. I was very conservative in the 10K and this one I wanted to go for as great of a place as I could get.”

On Ducks coming in second, third, and fourth…

“We are in a hunt for a team championship here and we knew we couldn’t let up even for a second. Every point counts and we were just trying to claw and fight for as many points as possible.”

Eric Jenkins, Oregon – Fourth Place Men’s 5000 Meter - 13:27.41

On running with Dunbar and Cheserek…

“These guys are inspiring. They are both great runners and even better teammates. Watching them be so successful all year, you just want to help them in any way you can.”

On coming in with fresh legs…

“It’s definitely an advantage, mostly mentally and obviously physically too. All these guys here are strong, so they bounce back well.”

Shanieka Thomas, San Diego State – First Place Women’s Triple Jump

On how it feels to win a National Championship…

“It feels great. This is my second time winning in a row so it feels really good to be able to defend my title, given that there were a lot of challenges this year. I was injured for most of the season, so this is awesome for me.”

On her mindset going into this year…

“I was nervous, anxious, confident, everything all bundled up. I knew I just had to compete and hope for the best.”

Lawi Lalang, Arizona - First place Men’s 5000 Meter - 13:18:26

On tactics going into the last lap…

“I was trying to burn the kick out of him so I would be able to kick with him.”

On being passed at last 200…

“I saw the way he was running and I knew I could beat him.”

On last mile…

“I knew we were going to kick together so I was not worried. I knew we were going to go together and whoever wins it, wins”

On trading the lead with Kennedy Kithuka…

“I wanted it to go faster. It was going a little bit slower than expected, so to make it go faster I decided to push the pace because I knew I would need to do it to win.”

On his interaction with Edward Cheserek after the race…

“We just came and hugged each other and told each other good job. For us, it’s about fun, it’s not just about winning the race.”

Phyllis Francis, Oregon - Second Place Women’s 400 Meter Dash

On her performance…

“I think I executed my plan. My goal was to get out there and hold on for the last hundred meters and give it my all. I’m really proud of that.”

On rebounding from a disqualification in the 4x100…

“I try not to dwell on the past and just keep moving forward. It was hard, but the team is counting on us and we have to push through it. We’re doing a great job and I’m really proud of what everybody’s doing.”

Robert Johnson, Oregon- Head Coach

On Jenna Prandini taking third in the 100m Dash…

“Jenna Prandini had probably one of her worst starts of the year, but she’s a fighter and was able to squeak back from last place to get third. The best part of her race is the bottom end, and she showed that today. We’ll continue to tweak and work on the first part.”

On Laura Roesler winning the 800m Run…

“I can’t say enough about her; she’s just phenomenal. I’ve been telling her forever that she’s built for this. Whatever they do, just pay attention to the race and make the adjustments.”

On Mike Berry finishing second in the 400m Dash…

“That one stung a bit. The goal was for him to go out there and run his race. [Deone] Lendore is a super competitor; I thought we were going to be able to nip him there at the line, but he [Mike Berry] ended up losing by .04 or .05.”

On Phyllis Francis placing second in the 400m Dash…

“Because of a bad prelim she was out in lane eight, but the goal, once again, was to run your own race.  It doesn’t matter who else is in the field.”

On the 5,000m Run results…

“We ended the day with the 5000. [Lawi] Lalang is a super competitor and I thought we had the best of him, but he’s a fighter. He continued to fight when [Edward] Cheserek passed him with 200 to go, and he nipped us at the line. It was a very tough race, but the big thing there was the guys who were in third and fourth. [Eric] Jenkins and [Trevor] Dunbar are super competitors, and them getting that helps our chances moving forward.”