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NCAA Track Championships Day 3 Quotes
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Release Date: 06/07/2013
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Head Coach Robert Johnson (Oregon)
 
On his thoughts on day three…
“We definitely did some good things out there. There were some things that exceeded our expectations. Overall, it was a good day.”

On PRs and English Gardner
“I heard she told you that you’d see her in the 100 meter dash yesterday and she was right. You saw her in a big way. She ran the third fastest collegiate race of all time. We train for PRs. That is why we go through the process, to get PRs. That is why we are here.”

On the 15 point gap with Kansas
“We have to make it up somewhere. You know our entries – two in the 1500, the 4x1 relay, and the 4x4 relay.”

Kori Carter (Stanford) – 1st Place, Women’s 400 Meter Hurdles
 
On the result…
“I knew I would have to run fast. It was pretty cool to win.”

On the semifinal
“It got me primed for the final. My coach wanted me to take it as a learning experience.”

On the final hurdles…
“I just powered through it because I didn’t want to lose. I have been dreaming of this, I didn’t think I would be able to do this as a junior.”

Georganne Moline (Arizona)—2nd Place, Women’s 400 Meter Hurdles
 
On her performance…
“I think I ran better than usual, but I still have some work to do.”

On recording a personal record…
“That was a great time to lose on. I really can’t complain, because Kori (Carter) pushed me the whole way. That was a PR for me, and in London (at the Olympics) I ran 53.9, but here I ran 53.7.”
“I told myself if I won I would PR, so my goal was always to win. I really wanted to get that collegiate record, but I can’t complain. She (Kori) ran 53.2, which is amazing. I’m really happy with my time.”

On wind as a factor…

“There might have been some wind, but I wasn’t thinking about that. The wind doesn’t even come into my mind when I’m running.”

English Gardner (Oregon) – 1st Place, Women’s 100 Meters
 
On her injury affecting her race…
“It is what it is. It’s something I can’t worry about. It’s been bothering me, but I ran through it.”

On winning first place on her home track…
“It’s the icing on top of the cake. I love the Oregon fans and I love Hayward Field. I’m very happy and I’m pleased. I thank my abilities and I thank the Lord.”

On recording the third fastest collegiate record of all time…
“It’s a blessing. It’s an honor to be able to say that I’m on that list. I’m overwhelmed.”

Charles Silmon (TCU) – 1st Place, Men’s 100 Meters
 
On whether he was surprised…
“Nope. I have been working hard all year. Everyone had me as an underdog. I just ran to win. I felt I was capable of winning if I got the chance.”

On the prelims
“I just tried to run my fastest. Hayward Field is a fast track. Everyone comes in with that mindset and the competition makes us run fast.”

Jenna Prandini (Oregon)—7th Place, Women’s 100 Meters
 
On her race and looking forward…           
“For my next race I am going to focus on getting out there more on my start. That being said, I couldn’t be happier for English [Gardner].”
“I was definitely nervous but having all of these fans here and having English [Gardner] running next to me keeps me calm. I feel lucky to have that.”

On Saturday’s race...

“I will for sure be on be on the 4X100 meter relay team and if they need me for the 4X400 meter relay then I can do that too.”

Reggie Wyatt (USC) – 1st place, Men’s 400 Meter Hurdles
 
On running the race in 45 seconds
“I just wanted to go out there and run and it felt great. I was just going out there and trying to do my best.”

On winning
“It was a great feeling. You don’t know who is behind you because of the crowd, I’m glad I finished in front. It was a crazy day, I knew it was my turn. The sacrifice was worth it. There is no better place to do it than Hayward."

Laura Roesler (Oregon)- 2nd Place, Women’s 800 Meters
 
On her second place finish…
“Any normal person would be stoked. I did everything I could. I gauged myself well but I couldn’t get it done on the last 100.”

On looking ahead…
“Come USAs I want to be in the finals and race to win every race. No more of this second place stuff.”

Natoya Goule (LSU) – 1st place, Women 800 Meters

On winning with a time of two minutes…           
“It was awesome. I’m happy with the win, but I’m not happy with the time. I want to give God thanks and I want to give Him all the glory. I have faith, I serve God.”

On whether she would rather win or run sub-two minutes…
“The team needs me, so I like the win more.  I’m glad for what I’ve have accomplished.”

On her pre-race routine…
“I don’t get too nervous. I just think about something else and stick with that the whole time.”

Lindsay Vollmer (Kansas)- 1st Place, Women’s Heptathlon

On how it feels to be a NCAA Champion…
“It feels unbelievable. I never imagined that I would be achieving something like this so early in my career. I’ve had such great support from my teammates, coaches and family. This is as much theirs as it is mine.”

On what her mindset was heading into the final day in third place…
“It was pretty simple. I just wanted to come out and PR. I was so relaxed today and I think that’s what really helped me get those big marks. My big jump in the long jump just set the tone for the day and the good marks just kept coming. It was just an all-around amazing day.”

On how it feels to add so many points when her team is in the title race…
“It feels so great. Every event I was telling myself I had to do well so I could score as many points for the team. It’s been so fun being a part of such a great team this season and I couldn’t be happier to be apart of it.”

Elijah Greer (Oregon) –1st Place, Men’s 800 Meters
 
On the race…
“I felt pretty good. About 300 meters into it, I was thinking, ‘Wow, is this the Championship?’”
“The racer from Penn State was a real competitor. I felt him kind of touch the back of my shoes at about 250 meters, so I knew he was there. With 100 meters to go, I looked at the jumbotron and saw him right on my tail. I had to work my hardest and give it my all.”

On winning a National Championship…
“It’s beautiful and wonderful to win. After the race, I put my arms up to say thanks. It’s a real honor, and it’s tough. There can only be one champion, and I’m thankful it worked out this way.”
 
Casimir Loxsom (Penn State) – 2nd Place, Men’s 800 Meters
 
On finishing second…
“I feel alright. It’s frustrating to finish second again. I’m still happy with a second and third place finish for the team. At the end of the day, 14 points is pretty good.”

On the race…
“It came down to who was best today. I think Elijah (Greer) with the home-field advantage was able to gut it out. It is an honor to race against him.”

Anthony Rotich (UTEP) – 1st Place Steeplechase

On the race and Henry Lelei’s fall…
“At first I thought that I was the one to fall in the water because we were so close to each other. Then when I realized that my feet landed on the ground and that I was still running I felt great.”

On his competition Henry Lelei…
“My first thought was that he had more experience than me because he has been doing this for four years and this is only my second year. I thought that he would win. But I also think that I had the best race ever today.”

Phyllis Francis (Oregon) – 3rd place, Women’s 400 Meters

On her race…
“I’m happy, I scored for my team, but I felt my body tightening up near the end. I felt I kept my composure though. I didn’t like my finish, but overall I’m happy.”

On English Gardner
“She boosted us all. It was great to see a teammate fight. We are all going for the win. We are all saying, ‘Lets win this thing.’”

Ashley Spencer (Illinois) – 1st Place, Women’s 400 Meters
 
On how she is feeling…
“I’m really tired. I’m happy to come here and get another win. I’ve been working so hard and staying focused in practice, so it feels great to get the win.”

On her mindset going into the race…
“I was just trying to calm my nerves. I was anxious to get going. Once I got into the box I knew I just needed to stay focused and calm. Once that bell goes off I just run like a maniac.”

On repeating back to back titles in the women’s 400 Meters…
“It’s not easy. I’m just honored to be here. I’m out there running with the best in the country and probably the world. So it’s a honor to compete with them.”

Bryshon Nellum (USC) –1st Place, Men’s 400 Meters
 
On his performance…
“Three down, one to go. The race felt good, because I was controlled for the first 200, and I made my move coming home. I really had to run my own race and stay comfortable.”

On his National Championship…
“It’s a beautiful feeling. The reason why I came back for my sixth year was to win a National Championship. I came back and reached my goal by making the finals and it was even better when I won.”

On returning to Hayward Field after last year’s Olympic Trials…
“I love Oregon. I’ve been running here since the 8th grade, so I’m used to this facility and environment. The fans here are wonderful, they keep the athletes competitive and they show me love. I love to perform at a place where I feel comfortable.”

Shanieka Thomas (San Diego State) – 1st Place Triple Jump
 
On the race…
“It was nerve racking because it was a really competitive field. I told myself not get anxious and to just stay focused on what I came here to do.”

On moving forward…
“I am not intimidated. I know what I need to do and I just need to stick with the plan. I am not surprised that I won mainly because I know how hard I have been training with my coach.”

Jordan Hasay (Oregon) – 3rd Place, Women’s 5000 Meters

 
On her career…
“It went really well. I feel like this is just the beginning for me. This past week has been one of the best weeks of my life. I feel blessed to experience it. It’s sad that’s it’s the end, but I also have a lot of great memories.”

On her future…
“I’ll race at Hayward again, just not in this uniform. There is such an amazing community supporting me and I’m just very thankful for everything.”
 
Julian Wruck (UCLA) – 1st Place, Men’s Discus
 
On coming in first place…
“I’m not used to being the guy to beat. I’m getting better at relaxing and getting my rhythm back.”

On holding the collegiate record for discus…

“For the collegiate record I was in a really relaxed environment and throwing in front of my family. It was great conditions. Today was a bit of the opposite so I am just glad for the win. That was my one goal for the meet.”

Derek Drouin (Indiana) – 1st Place, Men High Jump

On getting the fan’s support…

“I figured it was my last collegiate jump so I tried to get the fans into it. The track is fast here so it was nice to have been here recently at the Pre Fontaine Classic.”

On moving the bar up…

“At first I was worried, but I knew I would have to clear higher to win and I didn’t want to take the extra jumps. My legs were tired. I was doing some self-motivation out there.“

On his five NCAA championships…

“I would have liked to have gotten the record, but it is pretty good so I’m ok with second all-time (collegiately).”

Abbey D’Agostino (Dartmouth) –1st Place, Women’s 5000 Meters
 
On executing her race plan…
“I knew if I was going to do it, I needed to pass Jordan (Hasay) in the back stretch.”
“Hasay looked strong when she passed me, but I think coming into that corner it seemed like she was slowing down a bit, so it was time (for me) to go.”

On race preparation…

“I think each race is motivation for the next one. Building confidence is important, because I never really led a lot of races last year. I’m trying to do that a little more.”

Bethany Buell (South Dakota) – 1st Place, Women Pole Vault
 
On the conditions…
“They were perfect, it was a great day. No complaints.”

On the victory…

“It was great, I am very blessed. It was God’s will.”

On her recent training…

“There have been some setbacks. I have had a couple injuries, but I have been able to train through them.”

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