Texas A&M Women’s 4x100 Meter Relay Team - First Place

Jennifer Madu on winning a national championship…

“I think it’s really just about going to practice everyday and trying to execute as if it were a track meet. We have a lot of girls so it’s a competition as to who it’s going to be on it. I think our coach makes the best decisions and we work at it and execute at the meets.”

Jennifer Madu on today’s race…

“I thought it went pretty well. I didn’t really get to see each hand off, but I thought everyone ran into their zones strong and executed their race plan and we came out with the win.”

Florida Men’s 4x100 Meter Relay Team – First Place

Eddie Lovett on his feelings of getting the win…

“It feels great. In order to defend our national championship we knew we had a target on our back and our coaches told us we just had to come out here and do what we do and trust our marks, and it worked.”

Hugh Graham Jr. on his feelings coming into the last leg…

“We were always in position to win it. We were real good with the exchange with the sticks and we’re all fast so we just trusted our marks and did what we had to do.”

Eddie Lovett on earning 10 points for the team…

“It felt great. We know we need it and we knew coming in we had to do as much as we could to help our team win a national championship.”

Arthur Delaney, Oregon – Seventh Place Men’s 200 Meter Dash

On how he felt he ran…

“Not so well. I didn’t get out as I usually do, but it will be there next year.”

On what he took away from this experience…

“I got a lot out of it, actually. This is my first national championship individually so it’s a good learning experience.”

On his mentality going into the race…

“I just tried to get as many points as I could.”

Mac Fleet, Oregon - First Place Men’s 1,500 Meter Run

On the race…

“It was a little bit slower than what I expected the first k to be. When we came through 800 and the race was what it was, I was pretty excited because my chances from there got better. I knew we weren’t going to drop the field at the pace we were at. [Peter] Callahan made a big push with 120 to go. We bumped a little bit and that’s what got me to go. Coming down the last hundred meters I got maybe a half a stride, and I had a little misstep. I knew he [Lawi Lalang] was there the whole time and I knew I wouldn’t have any space, so I had a big lean there at the end.”

“If I’m not in first, or if it’s close, I’m certainly running all out every single time. It wasn’t easy, and I couldn’t say enough great things about Lawi [Lalang}.”

On winning his final race as a student-athlete…

“I felt like this was exactly how the story was supposed to end. I’m pretty realistic with myself, and I would’ve been pretty heartbroken… If I were to have lost, I would’ve ruined that moment not only for me, but also for Andy [Powell] and the thousands of fans that are here. I really wanted to end my UO career with a win like that.”

Jenna Prandini, Oregon – Second Place Women’s 200 Meter Run

On the race…

“I got out hard. I executed the race model pretty well. I got caught right at the last minute, but I’m really happy with second place.”

On her nerves…

“I’m relieved to have it over with, but it’s been a fun meet. I’m excited about how I performed and excited to watch the rest of the races.”

On this meet…

“I’m really happy and proud of what I did. I think I’ll just grow off this and get better as an athlete and I’m excited to see what happens next year.” 

Shelby Houlihan, Arizona State – First Place Women’s 1500 Meter Run

On the race…

“It went out really slow. It was very pushy and I just bided my time, it was very tactical. The last 200 I just put it down and gave it everything I had.”

On being the underdog…

“It's fuel to the fire. No one is really talking about me, but I knew I was capable of doing this.”

Brittany Mann, Oregon – Seventh Place Women’s Shot Put

On how the season went as a whole…

“I’m excited. First time out, being able to come in and be an All-American is also great. It’s good enough for this year, but I have something to prove and a couple more places I can climb before I graduate.

On her nerves going into the day…

“I was so nervous when I started, but a little nerves can help. It was good though, it was fun.”

Anthony Rotich, UTEP- First Place Men’s 3,000 Meter Steeplechase

On edging out his opponent…

“Last year, the same thing happened. I just realized that if it’s your day, it’s going to be your day.”

Sam Crouser, Oregon - First place Men’s Javelin

On the situation going into his last throw…

“You just have to go after it and attack and use that home crowd to your advantage. It’s a dream come true, I couldn’t be happier and our team has just been doing so well, I think we have a chance at the team championship.”

On pressure going into the weekend…

“I didn’t feel pressure, especially coming into this Saturday with what we’ve done the past few days. Edward [Cheserek] and guys like that have given us such a lead that I can just come out and act like its any other meet. You can’t put anymore pressure on yourself.”

On the atmosphere on the track after the win…

“There was so much energy, you could just feel the crowd getting into it and you can feel all the hard work is just paying off. Everyone is doing so well at the end and reaping the rewards a little bit.”

Tanguy Pepiot, Oregon – Sixth Place Men’s 3000 Meter Steeplechase

On thoughts on the race…

Honestly, I’m a little bit disappointed. I was shooting for the title, but I’m happy to be there to be apart of this team. It’s just crazy, I’m very proud of this team.”

On changes from France to Eugene…

“The main difference is I’m part of a huge team in numbers and strength. It’s like nationals every day, so that’s kind of hard for me.”

Christina Hillman, Iowa State – First Place Women’s Shot Put

On saving her best throw for last…

“Yes, that was actually pretty scary and pressuring, but I’m really glad I pulled through and stepped it up for the last throw. It was separating me from possible third and first, so I knew I had to be on that throw and I just gave it my all. I know my technique wasn’t great, but I really wanted it and just kept telling myself I wanted it most and was glad I pulled through.”

On the stages of her throw…

“I don’t like thinking about anything as I go into the ring. For me, practice is where I rehearse and when I get into it I try to clear my mind and just focus on that throw, not trying to break it down at all.”

Marquis Dendy, Florida- First Place Men’s Triple Jump

On first flight…

“I got a little bit over rotated, which is one thing about triple jump if you react too soon you can kind of hurt yourself, but I’m okay. I walked off, I think it’s more of a shock.”

On reaching a new point this week…

“I think I did, personally I feel like I made up a lot for the past few years not scoring at all and coming out here and doubling, so I think I did really good individually and team wise.”

Devon Allen, Oregon – First Place Men’s 110 Meter Hurdles

On if he thought he could be an NCAA champion in track…

“Not at the beginning of the year, but as the year kind of progressed I felt like I could go for it, and that’s what I did today. I’m really excited and really proud to be a Duck.”

On crossing the finish line…

“I tried to show no emotion, but I had to. I was just really excited to win and to score some points for my team. I think we won the national championship as a team too, so that’s really big for us.”

On becoming such a well rounded athlete…

“It’s just a lot of training. I was doing so much at the beginning of the year that I think my body was kind of tired. I had to lose about 20 pounds from football season to be able to run efficiently and as the year started going I was feeling better and getting faster.”

On his priorities between football and track…

“I had a big day today, but it’s still football first for now. We’ll see how my season goes this year, so I’m excited.”

Sharika Nelvis, Arkansas State - First Place Women’s 100 Meter Hurdles

On her performance…

“It feels so great; I’m very excited. That race had a couple of flaws in it, but the goal was to run a 12.5, and I ended up running that. But it was very flawed, so I have a lot to improve.”

On winning the 100m hurdles after not qualifying for the 100m finals…

“Everything happens for a reason. I didn’t make the 100m for a reason. But I’m ok with that.”

Leontia Kallenou, Georgia – First Place Women’s High Jump

On the day…

“It was amazing. The atmosphere was wonderful, all these people were supporting us and the weather was nice so I am extremely happy.”

On getting the win…

“I felt so much pressure, but sometimes pressure is an advantage so it worked for me today.”

Pat Henry, Texas A&M – Head Coach

On his women’s team winning another national championship…

“We did some things all the way through that got us in a position to do what we did today. Today always looks like you sprint this, or hurdle that but today was a big cap off day.”

On his women’s 4x100 Meter Relay team’s continued success…

“We have an environment for it. Same on the men’s side, we feel like that’s big part of our track program is to have good relay teams.”

On Kamaria Brown…

“She had a long recovery and to come back and do the things she did today is pretty amazing. She did an amazing job getting herself back on the track and running for us this year.”

Texas Women’ 4x400 Meter Relay Team – First Place

Courtney Okolo on how they prepared for this meet…

“We have a really good training group. We all run together and have been preparing for this moment.”

Ashley Spencer on how today felt…

“It felt good we just wanted to come in and run our best. We knew if we just came out here and were ourselves we would be able to walk away with the win and that’s what we did, just all ran fast and it came together with a good time and a win.”

Kamaria Brown, Texas A&M - First Place Women’s 200 Meter Dash

On last five meters…

“I just wanted to make sure I kept my composure. I didn’t really know were I was in the race, so I Just wanted to make sure I had a strong finish and lean to the tape and it gave me the race so I’m happy.”

On if she thought she won or not…

“I really didn’t know because we were all so close. Usually when someone wins they pop it right up on the screen, so I was just anxious and worried to see if I won and when it popped up with my name, I just started screaming.”

On the race…

“It went amazing. I pushed out of the blocks very well and came up the turn good. I wanted to make sure I was good and open on the homestretch so that way I would be set up good, it just worked out well.”

Dedric Dukes, Florida - First Place Men’s 200 Meter Dash

                           Anchor of First Place Men’s 4x100 Meter Relay

On the 4x100…

“We didn’t have a good handoff, but we wanted to stick around and finish strong.”

On the 200…

“It was a personal best. It was a great race and I was excited by my race. I came in and wanted to win and actually wanted to PR and I did both, so I’m very proud of myself.”

On coming from behind in 4x100…

“It was kind of nerve racking because I didn’t want over do it and get myself injured, but I kept my composure and trusted my training and coaching and it came through at the end.”

Marielle Hall, Texas - First Place Women’s 5,000 Meter Run

On breaking away from the pack…

“I wanted to wait until 250, so I jumped probably a little too early, but I was just excited and I felt good. If I felt good I knew that I could hold a strong finish.”

On the pace intensifying…

“I told myself before the race not to relax too much because I knew someone was going to take it at some point. If you’re in the mindset that something’s coming, a big drop’s going to be there, then you don’t feel it as much, and that’s the mindset I went in with. I felt good and I was prepared for that.”

On winning…

“I’ve been feeling really good since cross country and I haven’t had a race and haven’t been able to show that. So to come out here and have it come together, I’m obviously really excited—but I knew that I had it inside me.”

Laura Roesler, Oregon – Third Place Women’s 4x400 Meter Relay

On the meet…

“Obviously we had higher expectations going into the this meet, but we fought to the nail and to end up third. We had some highs and lows, but I am happy with how it went.”

On her last leg…

“I was thinking of it as any other race. That’s been our relay since day one so I was totally in my comfort zone with them. I wanted to run hard to give Phyllis [Francis] the best spot I could. My instructions before the race were to gamble a little bit the first 200 and run hard. I passed quite a few people will still 200 to go.”

On what’s next…

“Right now, just ride this high for a little bit and then come down and decompress. I have to get back in the swing of working out and everything but right now just enjoy it. I graduate from college tomorrow, that’s not something you get to do every day.”

Robert Johnson, Oregon – Head Coach

On the final day performance…

“Oregon Ducks, both men and women, fought valiantly. A few bad breaks there at the end for the women’s side that we just couldn’t recover from, but the fighting Ducks fought until the very end. A highlight there was Brittany Mann in the shot put with a lifetime best scoring some points that were unexpected. Other places on the women’s side, I don’t know if you can call it a bright spot, but the women finishing third in the 4x400. We tried to do something a little bit different with running Christian Brennan on the first leg, it didn’t quite turn out in our favor there but good job by them at least hanging in there to get third.”

On the men’s side…

“Our goal was to try and get 23 points, which would make it mathematically impossible for Florida to catch us. We did our job, it started off with Sam [Crouser] with a win there. In an amount of about an hour we had three national champions with Crouser, Fleet, and Allen. Devon [Allen] is a super competitor and Crouser there on his last throw has a flair for the dramatic. Then, of course the golden boy Mac Fleet did an awesome job there just biding his time.”