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NCAA Track Championships Day 2 Quotes
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Release Date: 06/06/2013
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Oregon Head Coach Robert Johnson
 
On English Gardener’s Injury…
“We don’t talk about injuries. I would say look for her in the next few days.”

On the women’s 4x400 meter relay…
“It’s all about qualifying. We put together a squad where we would be successful.”

On whether or not the rest of the team will step up…

“We will continue to manage the highs and lows through the next couple of days. We’re still trying to get a trophy. There are lots of points to be won tomorrow. We’re looking forward to doing what we do.”

Aurieyall Scott (Central Florida)- 1st Place, Heat 1, Women’s 200 meters

On her approach to finals…
“I need to focus on myself and keep doing what I’ve been doing. I’ve just been trying to stay healthy and keep my mind on my goal.”

On running with teammate Octavious Freeman…
“It feels good having a my teammate Octavious [Freeman] there. It is really great having her running right next to me during a race.”
 
Greg Skipper (Oregon)- 4th place, Men’s Hammer Throw

On his first NCAA Championship Meet…
“It was not the series I wanted. I needed to be more consistent, but all in all, it was a good experience. I just want to thank my family. It was a good meet. I think it went as good as it could go.”

On throwing at Hayward…
“It helped a lot. I was nervous during warm-ups and the nerves kind of got to me. But it was a good day, Hayward helped me relax.”

On the year as a whole…
“I want to throw 68 meters. Training was awesome, I think it was a good year for a freshmen.”

Remy Conaster (USC)- 2nd Place, Men’s Hammer Throw

On his throws…
“Just to go out and throw well is all I can ask for. Getting those eight points for my team means a lot. I am so incredibly happy with the way things turned out, I am so blessed.”

On Greg Skipper

“He’s an amazing competitor. No one is out here to not make friends. He has three years left and can only go up. I’d like to think we’re friends.”

English Gardner (Oregon)- 7th Place, Heat 2, Women’s 200 meters

On the result…
“I definitely have a hunger right now. I want to be the English Gardner people expect of me. My fans deserve better, I never want to look like that again. I’m hungry to do better.”

On what the next steps are…
“I am going to ice and hit up the training room. I’m going to stay iced up and try my best. My injury is there and I just have to deal with it or sit out. You guys know I don’t like to sit out.”

Bryshon Nellum (USC) – 1st  Place, Heat 2, Men’s 200 meters

On his race…
“This is exactly what we were expecting. We’ve been training one step at a time and I just need to take it one race at a time. I felt the 400 yesterday and that opened me up to be ready today.”

On staying successful…

“The main thing is staying healthy all year. When you work hard the only thing that can happen is success.”

On training with Reggie Wyatt…

 “All year we’ve been motivating each other, working hard and telling each other to keep going so that we can be successful at the end of the season. It’s easy to slip through the cracks, so you really need your teammates.”

Tomas Kruzliak (Virginia Tech) – 1st Place, Men’s Hammer Throw

 
On his throws…
“I felt pretty good out there. At first I didn’t feel right technically, but with each throw I got better. I am extremely satisfied.”
“I felt a little pressure, but I kind of just wanted to throw for myself and succeed.”

Anne Kesselring (Oregon) – 3rd Place, Heat 1, Women’s 1500 meters

 
On her performance…
“I think I attacked it a little bit too early but I also think I performed well.”

On looking forward to the next races…

“It’s a preliminary and there are a lot of good people racing. You just have to stay ready and not let a situation discourage you, no matter what’s going on.”

Becca Friday (Oregon) – 4th place, Heat 2, Women’s 1500 meters

 
On the race…
“Everyone wanted it, everyone wants top 5. It was a tough fight. I wasn’t saving anything for the final. It was more emotional and sentimental.”

On the strategy for the final…

“I have no plan. I have no idea what other people are thinking of doing. I’m just going to try to win.”

On experiences of the year…

“Now I’m not afraid of being in front or in the back. I know the race is never over now. Each day adds more experience.”

Riley Masters (Oklahoma) – 1st Place, Heat 2, Men’s 1500 meters

 
On his race…
I felt alright. Obviously, pleased with my race. I got some decent closing speed.”

On looking ahead…

“It’s been interesting running the past two weeks. I am now tapering back and after that race, I feel confident and ready to see what I can do. I’m looking forward to whatever Saturday throws at me. Hopefully I can hang on.”

Anna Jelmini (Arizona State) – 1st Place, Women’s Discus Throw

 
On finally getting first place…
“It feels sweeter having gotten second a couple of times. It makes you appreciate what you have. Getting second a couple of times made me mentally tougher. Being mentally strong is what makes or breaks you at nationals.”

On her strategy…

“I try to have my best throw at the front of the series to make my position known. From there I like to just build on my position.”

Brianna Rollins (Clemson) – 1st Place, Heat 3, 100 Meter Hurdles

 
 On the race…
“I was nervous, but very excited. It is such a blessing to come to the preliminaries and end up breaking a record, which is something that I have been working towards.”

On her approach to the race…

“I stayed very relaxed. My focus was on my hurdles in my lane. I have to remember what I came here to do and to execute it.”

Johnathan Cabral (Oregon) – 1st Place, Heat 2, 110 Meter Hurdles
 
On his performance…
“We did what we all wanted to do. We wanted to go out and finish. Now we have to move onto the next thing and come out for Saturday.”

On other runners’ competitive times…

“I’m excited. The competition is only getting better. I can’t wait to go out and run with them.”

Mac Fleet (Oregon) – 1st Place, Heat 1, 1,500 Meters

 
On his performance…
“It went well. I’m glad to be back home, it makes everything a lot easier for us Oregon athletes.”

On his mindset going into the meet…

“The bigger the meet, the calmer I am. I love the crowd. I feed off of it.”

On running in the finals…

“It’s my first outdoor final, but my mentality doesn’t change. I still have the same mindset, the same mentality and I’m still the same athlete.”

Wayne Davis II (Texas A&M) -- 1st Place, Heat 1, 110 Meter Hurdles

 
On his performance…
“I was expecting something less windy. I didn’t prepare correctly and I’m a little disappointed about that. The wind kind of bothered me. I just want to get a legal yearly best.”

On his training…

“I feel like I’m in the best shape of my life. It’s just about getting my mind right.”
“I’ve been in the weight room a lot and I’d say I’m stronger than I was after last year’s NCAA Championship.”

On preparing for the finals…

“I had some timing issues coming into the hurdle, so that’s what I’m working on now.”

Spencer Adams (Clemson) – 1st Place, Heat 3, 110 Meter Hurdles

 
On the race…
“It felt good. I knew it was in me because we have been working on staying clean and picking up my shuffles in between hurdles.”

On a time of 13.25 seconds…

“I see it as a starting point. We will see what happens in the final. It will sure be a great final. I am looking forward to it. It will be a lot of fun. This is the best venue to run in America. I just need to stay calm and poised.”

Emma Coburn (Colorado) – 1st Place, Heat 1, Women’s Steeplechase

 
On the crowd’s applause…
“I thought it was for the long jumpers, but I eventually caught on by the last lap. I finally caught on to the fan’s support.”

On the race conditions…

“It was great spectator weather. Thankfully we had a hot conference and regional meet so I was ready for it today. There was a really great crowd, turns out they are steeplechase fans.”

On potential sources of stress…

“I always worry about barriers and water jumps. You can never anticipate how it will go over a barrier. There is always a fear of tripping.”

Amber Henry (Weber State) – 1st Place, Heat 2, Women’s Steeplechase

 
On the race as a whole…
“It was probably the best technique-based race I’ve ever had. I went at a solid and consistent pace. It was hot and a little windy on the backstretch. I’m gaining more confidence as I go.”

On racing against Emma Coburn in the finals…

“I respect her. She is incredible. I’ll go out there and give all that I have in those last three laps. I really want to break our school record, I’d be very happy to get that.”

Colleen Quigley (Florida State) – 2nd Place, Heat 2, Women’s 3000 Meter Steeplechase


On her performance…

“I was sort of surprised by my time, but it’s one of those things that I’ve shown I’m able to do.”

On preparing for the finals against Colorado’s Emma Coburn…

“I don’t know what’s going through Emma’s head. I know she’ll be keeping near the front and won’t be messing around. I’ll try to stick on her as long as possible, but like I’ve said before, she’s head and shoulders above all the rest of us. I’m not expecting miracles here at Track Town.”

On the heat…

“We do view the heat as an advantage, but a couple of girls got sun burnt yesterday. It’s hot and the sun still feels really intense. I’m used to running in heat and we train for it, but I’m usually trying to avoid it by running early in the morning. It’s definitely hot and you can feel the sun pounding on you. I should be used to it coming from the Sunshine State, but it’s a factor.”

Megan Patrignelli (Oregon) – 7th Place, Heat 1, 3000 meter Steeplechase
 
On her performance…
“I gave it my best shot. I just tried as hard as I could and let everything take care of itself.”

On running against Emma Coburn…

“It’s exciting. I try to race whoever is around me and let everything else fall into place.”

Jenna Prandini, Phyllis Francis, Laura Roesler (Oregon) – 1st Place, Heat 1, Women’s 4x400 Relay

 
Jenna Prandini
On running instead of English Gardner
“It was kind of the plan all week to let English rest before the final. I wasn’t surprised at all because we expected this all week. Coach Robert Johnson just tells us right before the race and if it happens, it happens.”

Laura Roesler
On the race as a whole…
“They put me in the perfect spot. All I had to do was follow the others and use my 100 meter strength in the final 120 meters.”

Phyllis Francis
On the race…
“I felt confident I could pull away. I needed my team to give me a cushion, and they executed it well.”

On running without English Gardner

“We always pull through. When one of our teammates is down, we come together and pick up the slack.
“We don’t know the circumstances regarding English, but we still have a goal in mind and we’re on track."

Deon Lendore, Aldrich Bailey,  Ricky Babineaux, Carlyle Roudette (Texas A&M) – 3rd Place, Heat 3, Men’s 4x400 Relay

Deon Lendore
On how they will debrief the race…
“When we go back and talk to coach he will tell us if we need to change anything or if he needs to make any changes of his own.”

Ricky Babineaux
On the start of the race…
“Setting up felt good. I got a good base and a good position.”

Aldrich Bailey Jr.
On feelings about the race…
“Revenge. It was my fault that we lost it in the Texas relays so we are just going to keep on fighting.”

On the team’s performance…
“We expected to run fast. Our coach told us to treat it like a final. We went out there and did what we had to do.”

Kevin Anding, Jack Galpin, Mike Berry, Arthur Delaney (Oregon) – 2nd place, heat 3, Men’s 4x400 Relay
 
Kevin Anding
On the race as a whole…
“We just wanted a good time. Now we just have to work on improving our time.”

On Mike Berry’s performance…

“We all knew he would bounce back. We have all the confidence in the world in Mike.”

Jack Galpin
On the team’s strategy
“We just wanted to get through to the next round. It’s important not to try anything fancy. Our exchanges are a lot better, especially after we dropped it at Texas.”

Mike Berry

On the race…
“I think it went well. We knew we had a tough time in Texas A&M, but we qualified for finals.”

On his mistakes yesterday…

“Of course I was disappointed in my performance yesterday so I just wanted to come out here and try to compete.”
“I just wasn’t feeling right. I came in kind of tight yesterday, so I had to come back strong today.”

Arthur Delaney
On the race…
“I knew my other three guys would do what they had to do to keep us in the race. I just wanted to make it to the finals.”

Damar Forbes
(LSU) – 1st place, Men’s Long Jump
 
On the crowd…
“The crowd is one of the things I really like about Hayward Field. They were behind everyone today.”

On winning considering past second place finishes
“I did what I wanted to do today. It was a great feeling of getting the monkey off my back of second place. I give my trainer’s all the credit in the world. I’m glad I didn’t have to take the fourth or fifth jump.”

Lawi Lalang (Arizona) – 1st Place, Men’s 10000 Meter
 
On his strategy for the race
“I went easy for the first 15 laps running in the low 70s and then picked it up by running in the middle 60s.”

On going for the potential double with the 3000
“I tried to hold back a little bit today, but I am feeling good. I was ready to do whatever anyone else could do today.”

Parker Stinson (Oregon) – 6th Place, Men’s 10000 Meter

On his race…
“It was alright, it was hard out there. I haven’t done anything at the NCAA level and my main goal was to score some points for the team and get experience at this level.”
“By the end, I was about four or five seconds from second place. I wasn’t expecting to run at that pace.”
 
On how he felt…
“I felt great out there. Everything’s been clicking, but my stomach was bothering me. It’s hard to run on all-cylinders.”

On pre-race preparation…

“You learn from watching guys like Mo Fera. When there are this many guys in the race, you just want to stay relaxed on the rail.”

On running at Hayward Field…

“I think being here was a big reason why I got sixth. I have lots of fans cheering me on and I think it’s unacceptable to not score in the 10k in front of a home crowd, especially at Hayward.”

Dakotah Keys (Oregon)- 11th place, Men’s Decathlon

On how he felt…
“I think I can leave happy, but I’m still not fully deserving.”

On what’s next…

“USA’s is in a couple weeks and then I’m going to try and make World Championships.”

On what he still wants to work on…
“I need to work on hitting the shot put and the discus and then little things in the long and high jump, but I will stay away from running in the next few weeks.”

On the heat effecting him…
“I ran slow in the 100 meters without the sun, so I can’t use that as an excuse. The NCAA ran it great and gave us shade.”

Johannes Hock (Texas) – 1st Place, Men’s Decathlon

On his race…
“I knew I was ready and I gave it my all. I was really confident with my running in workouts, but it’s always different at competitions.”

On his best events…

“The sprints, hurdles, and all running portions of the decathlon were my highs. I was struggling with my throws, which is kind of uncommon for me. I had a lot of ups-and-downs and kept my eye on the title.”

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