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Oregon Preview Quotes
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Release Date: 03/18/2012
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Women 2000 Meter Steeplechase, Bridget Franek, Oregon TC Elite

On weather challenges…

“I am trying not to make weather a factor. When big flakes are coming down, it puts you off your equilibrium.”

On outdoor opener…

“It’s good to be back on the track. Based on my training, I expected a faster time than last year. But based off what we’re doing I have complete trust in our training.”

 

Women 1500 Meter Run, Alex Kosinski, Oregon

On first outdoor race back…

“I need to be racing again so just getting back is good. The last race I ran was the NCAA 2010…I just need some confidence and get used to winning again…I’ll run the 15k, 5k, mostly the 5k. I like the 15k. It felt good.”

 

Women Hammer throw, Britney Henry, ASTF

On her mental state before meets…

“I just had to be happy where I was. My technique is still the same I am just figuring out my mental state. My coach helped me get into a good path of mental preparation.”

On the weather today…

“I didn’t care, I knew I was going to throw far no matter what. I just didn’t want an wind.”

On maturing in her sport…

“This will be my third Olympic Trials. I am maturing and getting more confident in who I am”

 On competing in Beaverton…

“It is a great thing for the hammer throwers. We get to be highlighted in one of the best spots ever. Being on the Nike Campus will be great.”

On her performance today…

“This is the best opener of my career.”

 

Men’s 1500 Meter Run, Elijah Greer, Oregon

On competing at Hayward Field…

“It was cold this morning, which I was a little worried about. But it was exciting to be out in front of the crowd.”

On how he felt in the race today…

“I felt very relaxed, I felt great. When it came time to make my move, I felt very natural.”

On the weather…

“Rain, shine, snow, sleet, whatever. When it comes time to race I am ready to work.”

On his plan for the season…

“I am just going to take it one race at a time and not look too far ahead. At the same time I am going to keep meets in the back of my head and be excited about it.”

 

Men 110 Meter Hurdles, Jonathan Cabral, Oregon

On first official race at Hayward field…

“It was a great experience with the crowd. It was exciting after going through all the training and finally getting to wear the big O on my chest.”

On time and form…

“I was trying to break 14 seconds, and I got 13.93 so I was happy.”

“I’ve been working on my starts a lot since fall. It felt good, but I won’t know until I go back and look at film.”

On home crowd…

“I was still trying to catch my breath as I came to the stands, and it was awesome to put the O up. It’s a great crowd.”

 

Men 400 Meter Dash, Arthur Delaney, Oregon

On the race…

“It was exciting. I am glad I PRed in the 400. It was a good day.”

On running for Oregon…

“I never thought I would be here, but I’m glad to be here now.”

On running the 400 Meter Dash

“I like the 4x400 better than the open 400 (meter dash).”

 

Women 100 Meter Dash, Geronne Black, Portland State

On the race…

“I am glad to get the first 100 out of the way. Training was hectic this week so I felt like I came out here a bit sluggish, but I am pleased with my time and performance.”

On the weather…

“At Portland State we train outside so we are used to different kinds of weather.”

On not competing against English Gardner today…

“It doesn’t really phase me who I run with so I wasn’t too concerned. I felt like I lived up to my expectations and executed as well as I wanted to.”

 

Men 100 Meter Dash, Dior Mathis, Oregon

On weather conditions for first outdoor season meet…

“The wind kind of holds everyone back. The first meet went pretty good. It doesn’t really snow this time of year in Michigan, but I have ran in the cold before, so I’m use to it.”

On looking forward to this for season…

“10.7 is my PR, and I am also getting ready for football. Balancing spring football and track can be pretty hard, but it’s about good work ethic and I have the confidence to prepare for both.”

 

Women 800 Meter Run, Geena Gall, Oregon TC Elite

On opening meet win…

“I felt strong given the conditions. I gave a good hard effort. I haven’t raced for a few weeks and it was good to open up here and get the win.”

On wind…

“Those conditions make it tough for running. I was bummed about my time, but given these conditions doesn’t make me upset.”

On what’s to come…

“The team is going to Flagstaff, which will be a good month of training, and then back here for the Oregon relays.”

 

Women 4x100 Relay, English Gardner, Oregon

On racing against another Oregon relay team…

“We decided to have a friendly competition between each other. There is always some trash talk between each other but it was all friendly.”

On the new relay team…

“We need to spend more time together and know each other better. I never doubt Oregon but I just cross my fingers and try to get the job done.”

On racing in the Oregon Preview…

“I wasn’t supposed to compete in this meet but I decided to compete. I love to be at Hayward so that was another reason I wanted to compete today.”

 

Women 3000 Meter Run, Julia Lucas, Second Place, Oregon TC Elite

On the wind during the race…

“It was tough with the wind. I am doing some heavy training right now and thought I would be able to run faster. It was the longest 9 minutes and 16 seconds every. But I was glad to do it here because the cheers down the backstretch were really helpful.”

On her training…

“I have had a long period of solid, happy, injury-free training. It has been an 18 month stretch since I have had an injury.”

On competing in the Olympic Trials in June…

“I think I can be in the top three at the trials. Things are coming together in an exciting way. I am a better athlete than I have ever been so far.”

 

Women 3000 Meter Run, Sally Kipyego, First Place, Oregon TC Elite

On the wind during the race…

“It wasn’t as windy as it was last year, as I can recall. It wasn’t that windy but there were little things that were off.”

On her training…

“Training-wise I am where I am supposed to be. I have had good weeks of training.”

On her performance today…

“I am satisfied with my performance, I just wish it was a little easier.”

On running with Oregon TC Elite…

“We are a family. We aren’t just a bunch of athletes that run professionally together, we are a family.”

 

Womens 4x400, 4x100 Meter Relays, Jenna Prandini, Oregon

On training in the winter…

“Coach Johnson had me training all winter, so I was ready to go for outdoor season. I have been antsy practicing hard, and it was good to get a race in.”

On competing in the Women’s 4x100 Meter Relay

“We practiced a little last week and it felt really good today.”

On which event she will focus on this year…

“I have been practicing everything, so whatever the team needs me to do, I will compete in.”

 

Vin Lanana, Oregon Track and Field Head Coach

On the meet…

“Overall, looking at the conditions, we weren’t thinking about performance, we were thinking about competition. We have a good, well-rounded team for both men’s and women’s.”

“I saw some really good things. Cabral ran 13.93 in a little bit of a headwind, and Skipper threw well in the hammer. In the 4x100, both the men’s and women’s team did pretty good.”

 

 

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