Oregon Twilight Meet Quotes

Men 100 Meter Dash
2nd place- Markus Wheaton
On his race…
“It wasn’t bad. We had a little bit of a tailwind. I didn’t do bad. I wanted to win it.”
On his transition from football…
“I don’t think it was hard getting back into it. I love track so it’s a good opportunity.”
On De’Anthony Thomas…
“I don’t know him personally, so we didn’t talk.  We were just staying focused.”

Women’s 3000 Steeplechase
1st place- Bridget Franek (OTC Elite)
On her race…
“I was pretty surprised with the time. It’s a great sign going into the season.  This race set the season. I was trying to have fun with this one. I was getting too nervous and worked up with the last ones.”
On improving…
“I was getting a little frustrated. It was definitely a mental barrier. I just have to work through and get my confidence back. The 1500 and 5K were good workouts but they didn’t do much for my confidence

Men’s 3000 Steeplechase
2nd place- Jared Basset (Portland)
On his race…
“It felt really easy, so the first mile,I felt like we were going slow. Then the pace picked up and I worked my way up and kicked hard at the end.”
On improving…
“I’ve been doing a lot more hurdle workouts. It’s helped me out a lot.”

Men 110 Meter Hurdles
1st place- Ashton Eaton (OTC Elite)
On his being back…
“Just doing victory laps and to run with the Oregon guys—it was pretty cool.”
On his racing…
“April was a huge competition month. I needed a break. I still feel really good, but I am just a little tired.”
On the trials…
“I just have to treat it like any other meet. I don’t think it will be until I’m in another country that it will hit me.”

2nd place- Jonathan Cabral (Oregon)
On the racing Ashton Eaton...
“That was a fun race, around the eighth or ninth hurdle we were at the same pace and then it finished. It was great.”
On the wind...
“The wind usually hits me around the sixth or seventh hurdle.”
On when he started running and doing hurdles...
“I started way too long ago, I started hurdles about five years before high school and I started running about seven years before high school.
On his goals...
“I’ve been going for Olympic A and B standard.”

Women’s 1500 Meter
4th place- Jordan Hasay (Oregon)
On her race…
“ I wanted to go out with a hard effort. It could have been better if I went faster. But I just wanted to have fun today. “

Women High Jump
1st place- Lauren Crockett (Oregon)
On the competition...
“There were a few girls that didn’t show up which I was worried about because it made it seem like there wasn’t as much competition.”
On transferring...
“We definitely lift a lot more than we did in high school, I was a little frustrated but knew that everything my coaches were doing was going to benefit me.”

Men 4X100 Meter Relay

1st Place- Dior Mathis (Oregon)

On practicing with De’Anthony...
“We have been practicing for the past week and a half and we are going to keep working for the PAC12.”
On coming from football...
“I felt really good, I didn’t have any injuries. I had an excellent spring game and now I am just going to come out and run.”

Women’s 1500 Meter
4th place- Jordan Hasay (Oregon)
On her race…
“ I wanted to go out with a hard effort. It could have been better if I went faster. But I just wanted to have fun today. “
On trials…
“There was talk about not doing trials, but I am just going to stick with the plan. I wish I could have one break or one really fast race before then to keep my confidence up.”

Women’s 100 Meter Hurdles
1st place- Rebecca Rhodes (Oregon)
On her race…
“It wasn’t my best time, but it felt okay. I feel ready going into championship season.”
On her injury…
“Coming off an injury and taking a week off—it was a confidence booster. It’s nice knowing I can come back from that.”

Men’s 200 Meter Dash

1st place- Mike Berry (Oregon)
On training…
“We’ve been doing a lot of hard training in practice. I think I’m right on track for the pac-12 meet. I want to help bring another championship to Hayward field.”
On how he feels…
“I feel like I have a lot of energy and my legs are stronger. I feel good.  I feel like I’ve been holding back, but I’m just following my coach’s plan.”

2nd place- De’Anthony Thomas (Oregon)

On running track…
“It went pretty good. I ran track my junior year (of high school). It was great to come out and see how college athletes run.  I just came out to get faster and contribute to football and athletics here.“
On training…
“Once I start raining again for track I think I’ll do pretty well. I try to learn different things to do better. I have a great career so far, but I have a lot more to accomplish.”

Women 1500 Meter Run
1st Place- Sara Vaughn (Nike)
On the race...
“I knew it was going to be slow especially since it was really windy out there.”
“The time isn’t anything to write home about, it’s all about the race.”

Men 1500 Meter Run
2nd Place- Dorian Ulrey (Nike)

On the race...
“I think this is my first race in almost 10 months. It was really a pretty great opener and I am feeling much more confident.”

Men 1500 Meter Run
1st Place: Andrew Wheating (OTC Elite)
On running again...
“I am feeling good to be back there. It had been almost a year so it definitely feels good to be back on the track.”
“Once the gun went off it was race time and it was throughly enjoyable.”
On the elements...
“That wind was murder! Absolutely awful."
On injury...
“I took eight months off, I had a hamstring injury, but it is getting better."

Women 800 Meter Run
3rd place- Becca Friday (Oregon)
On her race…
“It was really fun. I just went out there to have a good time racing.”
On training…
“For my mental training I just wanted to focus on getting out there and running a great race.”

Men 800 Meter Run
1st place- Tyler Mulder (OTC Elite)
On his goals…
“I want to drive in more and get into the A standard. I would like to crack 1:44 before trials.”
On training…
“The speed isn’t quite there yet, but the strength is.  Once I get the speed my 1500 should be good. “

Women 800 Meter Run
1st Place- Geena Gall (OTC Elite)
On the race…
“I came home strong. I had a little one on one with Becca Friday, so that gave me the extra push. I knew I needed to focus on going through the finish line strong and getting the w. “