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NCAA Track Championships Day 1 Quotes
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Release Date: 06/05/2013
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Oregon Head Coach Robert Johnson
 
On today’s competition…
“Overall, the women have done well. They have done what was expected, so there were no surprises. It’s about getting to the next day. We worry about today, today, and tomorrow, tomorrow. Those that handle the highs and lows will be happy on Saturday.”

On women racers…

“We will go back and retool and fix things technically with English (Gardner). Laura Roesler had a really controlled race and made it look easy, so I am happy with that. Jenna (Prandini) wasn’t suppose to even be in that race so for her to get to finals is huge.”

Jillian Weir (Oregon)- 9th Place, Heat 1, Women’s Hammer

 
On her performance…
“I actually wasn’t nervous, I was happy that I made it here to represent Oregon. My first throw felt alright, but it wasn’t very far. I knew I needed to step it up, so I had my best throw in my final throw at 196.10.”
“It kind of sucks because I finished six feet from the final, but I tried my best today and that’s about all I can give.”

On training for the NCAA Championship…

“I prepared myself for the PAC-12’s and I had a big throw there, which gave me some confidence. I’m glad that I made it through the regional’s and then I came here, which was a bonus.”

On her future…

“I’m going to Canada for the Canadian Nationals. I’ll throw on June 23rd in Canada and I’m number three. I’m going for the World University Games and I’m really excited because my season isn’t over.”
“I’m a sophomore and have two more years, I’m not done yet.”

De’Anthony Thomas (Oregon)- 6th Place, Heat 2, Men’s 4x100 relay

 
On competing at the NCAA championships…
“Today was great. It was good to come out and compete in front of Oregon fans and with other teams. I just get excited to see big colleges like Alabama and Tennessee, it’s a really fun experience.”

On his race…

“I felt like I ran pretty good. We got the fastest time of the season, so that’s pretty awesome.”

On running track…

“I take track really serious. I wish I could do it all year, but I came here for football, so it’s nice to contribute to the track team where I can.”
 
Chelsea Cassulo (ASU)-1st Place, Women’s Hammer Throw

On her winning throw…
“My timing was off all day. I knew I was going to hit it, but I didn’t know if it was as far as Brittany (Smith). But it only takes one throw and that was the one that won it.”

On her coach…

“He was been really amazing with helping me with everything. I am very lucky to have him.”

Brittany Smith (Illinois State)- 2nd Place, Women’s Hammer Throw

On her throw…
“I was really rough. I tried my best and put everything into it. This is my last meet, which is really sad, so now I just want to hit the A standard and qualify.”

On her expectations…

“I knew I had a chance even though I wasn’t ranked that high, so I am happy I got 2nd. It still gives me hope because it’s hard. There’s nothing I can do but be a competitor.”

On her PR…

“For me to PR with a new coach and a new technique was great. I can’t be mad.”
 
Elijah Greer (Oregon) – 1st place, 3rd Heat, Men’s 800 meters

On his race…

“I didn’t like my starting lane. I like being in lane five or six because it’s hard to be right in front. I got boxed in during the first lap.”

On looking ahead to the finals…           

“I just want to put myself in a good spot – that’s what I need to do. I need to run smart.”
 
Laura Roesler (Oregon)- 3rd Place, Women’s 800 meters
 
On her performance…           
“It was a good effort, I got the job done. So far so good for the Ducks, so we are right on track.”

On her season…           

“During the outdoor season I have really tried not to hold anything back and race to win every time.”

Casimir Loxsom (Penn State)- 1st Place, Heat 2, Men’s 800 meters

On his race…           
“It was a little tougher than I thought. The wind on the backstretch wasn’t too bad, but I tried to just tactically position myself.”

On his game plan…
“I just let the race play out through 400 meters, then I planned to move up and get up to the front. During the race, I was just focused on getting toward the front past Eliud (Rutto).

Charlene Lipsey (LSU) – 1st Place, Heat 3, Women’s 800 meters

On the day…
“It is a great day with great weather. I was happy to see so many people out here, even though it’s preliminaries.”

On running track…
“I have never really been a confident person, even though I am a good runner. It has been a struggle, so I am happy everyone could see what I can do. Outdoor hasn’t been what I expected.”

Diamond Dixon (Kansas)- 3rd place, Heat 1, Women’s 400 meters

On focusing on the relays now…

“I have to act like nothings happened now. It’s not about me, it’s about the team and I have to go out there and compete in the relays like that never happened.”

On not qualifying in the 400…           

“I’m not totally disappointed in myself because I still made it here and that’s always the goal. The best athletes always have things like this happen and you have to let it go.”

Phyllis Francis (Oregon) – 2nd Place, Heat 2, Women’s 400 meters


On her performance…

“I feel good. I just wanted to qualify and I did what I had to do.”

On participating in this meet…           

“I’m really proud of the team so far and for all of the hard work they have put in.”

English Gardner (Oregon)- 2nd Place, Heat 2, Women’s 100 meters

On her performance today…

“My goal was just to make it to the finals and I did. I have to take it day-by-day and race-by-race. I didn’t run my hardest; I eased up a little because I only had to get in the top two.”
 
On Octavious Freeman winning…
“As a competitor you always want to win, but I have to race smart. I can’t be immature and do that, it wasn’t in the race plan.”

On racing at home…

“I love being here and hearing the fans scream my name. This is my second home.”

Charles Silmon (TCU)- 1st Place, Heat 3, Men’s 100 meters


On the finals on Friday…           

“I’m looking forward to Friday now. I just have to hope for the best on Friday, but I’ll definitely be ready.”

On his race…           

“If I just run my race, I’ll win. I have a great start and a great finish, so if I have composure then I’ll win.”

Dentarius Locke (Florida State)- 1st Place, Heat 2, Men’s 100 meters

 
On running 9.97 seconds…
“I’m blessed. It’s been a long three or four years. It’s a dream come true for me and it’s unbelievable.”

On looking ahead…

“I want to finish this week healthy and I want to win. That’s what we came here to do. Not only do I want to win and contribute to the team, I want others on my team to win too.”

Jenna Pandini (Oregon)- 2nd Place, Heat 1, Women’s 100 meters

On her race…
“I just put it all together when it mattered. Today was a PR for me. I qualified and that’s all that matters. Coach (Robert) Johnson and English (Gardner) both told me if I get a good start, I’ll qualify.”
“I knew there were fast girls in my heat, but I am ecstatic to qualify and do my best in finals.”

On competing at home…

“I was so great being here with the Hayward magic. The crowd cheered me on the whole way. When I finished and they cheered, I knew something good happened.”

On her team’s support…

“Any points we can pick up is awesome. I’m here to score points for my team. My team supports me and they just want me to go out there and do my best. Whatever happens, happens.

Bryshon Nellum (USC)- 1st Place, Heat 3, Men’s 400 meters

On his race…
“It was a tough one. The first one is always the hardest. But I got off pretty hard, worked the curve and finished strong.”

On his goals…
“This is one of my goals to come to finals. So qualifying is just a step ahead of that goal.”

On his preparations…

“My mentality is to take it one race at a time. Having experience really helps and going to the Olympics really brought up my confidence.”

Reggie Wyatt (USC)—1st Place, Heat 3, Men’s 400 meters

On his race…
“I had first race jitters. I just wanted to get to the finals and I made sure I did. I know I needed to do whatever necessary.”

On his game plan…
“It doesn’t matter how much experience you have, you are always going to be nervous. So I am planning to just stay focused and be patient.”

On his goals…

“I would like to run 48 seconds, but I’m focused on the victory not the time.”

Dakotah Keys (Oregon) – Men’s Decathlon

 
On what place he wants to finish in…
“I want to make the top six. I don’t know if that’s doable but if I can get on the podium, I will be happy.”

Sam Kendricks (Mississippi)- 1st Place, Men’s Pole Vault

 
On his jumps…
“My coach, my dad, and I jump bars in practice. My plan was to make first attempts on every jump. I hadn’t been in a competition like that where the guys were jumping that high.”
 
On his goals for the season…
“Last fall, I told my coaches I’m going to jump 19 feet, and at the Texas meet I jumped over 19.3. That really set up my confidence level and it’s nice to know I don’t need anything extra to get me there.”

On competing at NCAA championships…

“The biggest thing is having experience. Just having been here last year as a freshman and placing 10th really helped me be familiar with the competition.”

Andrea Geubelle (Kansas)- 2nd Place, Women’s Long Jump


On her second place finish…
“I’m disappointed in second place, never happy with second, but I will come back and hopefully win the triple jump.”

On the triple jump…
“I’ll come out strong because I got a little fire in me now.”

On her competition…
“Lorraine (Ugen) is a great jumper and she came out jumping well today. It was great competition out there and I did my best and came out in second.”

Liz Brenner (Oregon), 8th Place, Women’s Javelin

On her throws today…

“I wasn’t expecting to be here, but I was definitely going for it. It was a really fun day for me.”
“I just put it all together and I’ve been working on my new throwing technique for the past few months.”

On the competition…
“With the high competition I just tried to compete with them and I did.”

On competing at track…
“This is definitely a lot of fun. I’ve made a lot of friends in track and I’m having a lot of fun with it.”
“I’m just very proud, it’s been a great season. I’ve got great coaches and teammates who have been pushing me all season and it’s been a lot of fun.”

Betsy Saina (Iowa State)- 1st Place, Women’s 10,000 meters

On her race…
“It felt very good. My goal was to run slow today and trust my kick and I felt pretty comfortable. It’s a big race on Friday, so I will compete the best I can then.”

On competing…

“Losing Indoor was painful. It took a lot out of me, so today I just wanted to get my happiness back.”

On training…

“I have just been trying to do the same thing and get my confidence back so that I can win.”

Lorraine Ugen (TCU)- 1st Place, Women’s Long Jump

On how she is feeling…
“I’m really happy. This season didn’t go great due to a lot of injuries, but I was able to pull one out today.”

On how she chose to go to TCU…
“I got recruited to go there but I really looked at how people improve at TCU. It also has a great sprinting history which made me want to go to TCU.”

On her performance of jumping over 22 feet…
“I’m so happy. It (22 feet) is also the standard for the World Championships. Last year I missed the Olympics by only one centimeter so I was ecstatic.”

Ryan Crouser (Texas) – 1st Place, Men’s Shot Put

On five fouls…

“Anytime you’re in the 3rd round and need a mark, it’s not good especially at a National Championship. On the third throw I just tried to turn and square up and I hit it.”

On being at Hayward Field…
“It’s great. I don’t get to come here too much. I’m happy to get the win and it’s great to be here and see people I haven’t seen in awhile.”
 
Freya Jones (Georgia)- 1st Place, Women’s Javelin

On her performance…
“I just really wanted to get top three because it’s been a long time since I got a personal best and I’ve been inching closer. To have a big throw like that was amazing. I’m really happy with the result.”

On how she felt today…

“I didn’t feel loose enough on the runway and I didn’t connect with the javelin during the preliminaries. During warm ups in the finals I just connected with the javelin and I just smashed the javelin in the final.”

On the crowd…

“It was a fantastic experience. The crowd and the atmosphere were great. It was a great competition today.”
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