Julia Ratcliffe, Princeton- First Place Women’s Hammer Throw

On how it feels to win a National Championship…

“It’s huge. I’m just so thankful for all the people who have helped me out to get here like my coach, my dad, my family, and the whole Princeton team. But also I’m just really proud of myself because last year I kind of bombed out, so to come back and win it just feels so good.”

On joining other Princeton women leaders…

 “It’s just an honor. It feels so good to be able to give back to Princeton because I have had so many people give to me and help me out.

“I definitely didn’t expect to win it. I knew coming into it that I had a good shot, but I had to stay calm, controlled, and have fun.”

Laura Roesler, Oregon - Advances to Women’s 800 Meter Final - 2:02.60

On the semifinal race...

“I knew it was going to go fast. A couple people in that heat like to really make it an honest race. I was just preparing myself not to panic and not worry about the first lap.”

“I knew coming off the home stretch, looking at the screen, me and Stanford were clear of everyone so there was no reason to really go to the well today.”

On her nerves before the race…

“I got told before the race, ‘just run your own race’ and whenever I do that it works out in my favor.”

Mike Berry, Oregon – Advances to Men’s 400 Meter Final – 45.41

On his mindset going into the race…

“Win the day, that’s the slogan here at Oregon and I just took it one day at a time and advanced to tomorrow.”

On if there was added pressure on him to advance after last year…

“Definitely. I wanted to use last year as a learning experience for myself and not take the race for granted. I just wanted to come out here and compete and win the heat.”

On how he felt he ran…

“I felt like I ran pretty well today. I got out hard and cruised in the backstretch, held it on and kept working my legs the last 80 like the way my coach and I were practicing.”

Phyllis Francis, Oregon – Advances to Women’s 400 Meter Final - 51.69

On Texas passing her at the finish…

“Coach just wanted me to qualify, but she got me by the line. I didn’t see her so next time that won't happen.”

On the injuries that Oregon has faced late this season…

“We always say strength in numbers. There is always someone who is there to pick up the slack. We are team oriented. I think we are doing a great job. We all feel bad that our fellow teammates can’t compete because they worked so hard to be here, but we are going to perform for them.”

Mitch Modin, Oregon- Eighth Place in Decathlon After Day One

On his overall performance…

“Long jump was surprising. After two fouls, I came back and popped a big one. It took a good day at my home track and a national meet to do it. I started off the day well, then things started rolling going into the high jump and 400.”

On the long jump event…

“Honestly, I was a little nervous because I’m a freshman, it’s a big meet and I had already fouled. I knew I had to get one. I don’t even think I hit the board on my third one [jump], and I still popped a big PR. I was happy with it and can’t complain.”

On competing at the NCAA Track & Field Championships…

“I’ve competed at national meets before, but the NCAA's is a completely different beast. With the decathlon, there’s room for you to make mistakes because you can make it up. I never go into the decathlon feeling super nervous. I just know that I’m going to do what I can and at the end I’ll be happy with my score.“

Dakotah Keys, Oregon – Seventh Place in Decathlon After Day One

On the first day…

"I think that it went really well. We’ve been talking positive in the team meetings. We’ve talked about it’s just getting here and competing. It doesn’t matter about your marks or times.  Once we are here we are just trying to come out and compete and Mitch and I are competing against each other and trying to push each other."

On the high jump…

"It’s so frustrating sometimes because you know you can do it and get those heights and when it isn’t happening it’s frustrating, but that’s one reason I love the decathlon, you just have to forget the last event and start fresh on the next one. I didn’t get any big heights but I was still pleased."

On how he feels going into day two…

"I feel good. My coach and I always talk about finishing strong on the last three which is pole vault, javelin, and 1500 and I have a great javelin and 1500 so I’m banking on being able to do something with those three events. I hope the first three go better than expected and then I can take some pressure off myself for the last three."

On what he brings to the team…

"You know that’s why I love track and field. Everyone thinks it’s individual but I really am just trying to help the team and help win the team title."

 Jenna Prandini, Oregon – First Place Women’s Long Jump  - 6.55m (21-6)

 Advanced to Women’s 100 Meter Final – 11.11

 On being a national champion…

 “It’s incredible. This is exactly what I wanted to do and I came out here and did it so it’s an amazing feeling.”

 On becoming a long jumper…

 “Over outdoor season we kind of worked on it a little bit and I got my approach down and got my takeoff down and each meet I got better.”

 On if the relay affected her performance…

 “No. That’s what happens in meets, ups and downs. I kind of looked at it as just another event that I can stay fresh in, and it helped me in the Long Jump.”

 On running the 100 Meter in the middle of the Long Jump…

 “I tried to stay focused. My coaches had a plan for me so I just tried to do what they said. I thought about each event one at a time and I was just really excited.”

 Sam Kendricks, Mississippi - First place Men’s Pole Vault – 5.70m (18-8 ¼)

On having to battle back after some misses…

“I think you always have to work for it. These guys have worked hard all their lives and I’m just blessed to be in a competition with such great competitors who really bring the best out of you. Having a few misses just made it all the more fun and challenging.”

On how it feels to repeat…

“It means the same thing as it did last year. Means a little bit of vindication for all the hard work you put in.”

Fawn Miller, Florida – First Place Women’s Javelin - 58.13m

On how she was able to improve her throwing distance this year…

“I changed a lot of my technique. That has been really helping me out.”

On her personal record…

“I think I still have some left. Next year I’ll be back.”

Ryan Crouser, Texas – First Place Men’s Shot Put – 21.12m (69-3 ½)

On his injured foot…

“We don’t really know right now. On my last throw I jammed into the toe board and felt a pop. It’s up for grabs right now and I’m going in for an x-ray later. “

On his performance before the last throw…

“I was struggling a bit today, but I felt really good and I know the coaches really peaked me well. Things weren’t quite clicking the way I hoped, but it’s not a disappointing day to be able to carry the lead the whole way and I can’t complain with the wind. “

On winning his third national championship in a row…

“It feels great and there’s no place I’d rather do it than Eugene in front of friends and family. That was a really special thing to do and the atmosphere was great. The fans out there are probably the best in the U.S., regardless of school they support everyone and that’s a really special thing to come out and throw to.”

Trevor Dunbar, Oregon- Fifth place Men’s 10,000 Meter

On his performance…

“I felt really great. I was trying to be patient, but it got tough with a mile to go. I knew if I could get there with a lap to go, I could win my pack. I had a lot of confidence in my kick. I was actually trying to wait for the last 150, but the crowd got so into it when Edward was kicking, so I said, “Alright, I’m using this energy now.” I went with it around 250 to go and charged into fifth place. I let up a bit down the stretch, but I have to give a lot of credit to Parker [Stinson] for leading in the middle, and Edward’s kick getting the crowd into it helped me towards the end.”

Parker Stinson, Oregon- Eighth place men’s 10,000 Meter

On the race…

“I was waiting for the guys… I knew I wasn’t going to run the whole race myself, so I tried to get caught. I knew the first few laps once they caught me were going to be tough. Then, I started to forget about the rest of the race and started to compete. I’m proud of the way I ran, but I wish the race was about five meters shorter. I don’t know when he passed me, but that was pretty tough. I have a day to figure that out and score some points for the team in the 5k.”

Edward Cheserek, Oregon – First Place Men’s 10,000 Meter - 28:30.18

On the crowd during his last lap…

“The crowd is so huge and crazy, I love that.”

On when he knew he had the race…

“I knew it when [Kennedy] Kithuka told me ‘go’. There were three laps to go and I was like okay. With 400 meters to go I made my move.”

On the upcoming 5K…

“I always focus on one thing at a time. I am just going to wait and see what I have left for the 5K.”

On his final kick…

“I always save energy for the last 400 to go.”