Oregon Head Coach Robert Johnson

On the men getting third…
“It was a big push by the men today. It was a big finish and for them to do that was huge.”
 
On English Gardner going professional…
“I couldn’t be more proud of her. She will always bleed green and yellow. It was always something we knew was a possibility when school started.”
 
On the seniors…
“I told them what a great job they’ve done as Ducks and put my arms around them and tell them how much I love them.”

On Mac Fleet
“His story is a swan song, I couldn’t be more thrilled for Mac, you can’t even script that in Hollywood.”

On the girls team…
“They tried their hardest today and I couldn’t be more proud of the girls.”
 
Florida Head Coach Michael Holloway

On the men’s team National Championship win…
“We talk all the time about how we are a family. I never doubted that we could be here. I never tell anyone that we got lucky. We worked hard, got the title so we a very pleased.”

On the Men’s 4x400…
“The goal was for us to win the relay. I just told the guys let’s go win the relay. We don’t see it as Texas A&M dropping the baton, we see it as we didn’t drop it. Success is where preparation meets opportunity. We had an opportunity and we were prepared.”

Kansas Head Coach Stanley Redwine

On the women’s team National Championship win…
“I think we did a really good job. We knew we came here to run a meet. We’re excited with the win and with the way everyone stepped up. It was a total team effort. No one wanted to let the team members down.”

On the last day of the National Championships…
“We came in as a team today. We didn’t have a concern of needing one person to do well. It’s all about teamwork. Out coaching staff really prepared our athletes.”


Texas A&M Head Coach Pat Henry 

On the men’s 4x100 relay team dropping the baton…
“I’m not going to exactly know what happened until we watch the video and see what kind of mistake we made.”
“It was smart for them to pick it back up, but it took too long I think, but it was smart.”

On his teams performance today…      
“Of the five events today, we won three of them. It was a huge day for Texas A&M. I’m extremely proud of our athletes. It was a big day for us.”

On his teams…
“Look at what we did today. Both the men and the women across the board, I can be nothing but pleased with them.”
 
English Gardner (Oregon) – 4th Place, Women’s 4x100 Meter Relay

On the sixth place finish…

“We fought all the way till the end. We hold ourselves to a higher standard, so it’s definitely a little shocking.”

On the possibility of running the 4x400…

“We’ll see if I’m running in the 4x400. My ankle is pretty sore, and I’m also a little sad. This is my last meet in an Oregon uniform.”

On her future…

“My father, who is my mentor, and I are going over all the details about what’s next. We’re figuring out what’s the best possible situation for me.”

Becca Friday (Oregon) – 11th Place, Women’s 1,500 Meters

 
On the race…
“In big meets like this there are always going to be highs and lows. Obviously this is a low for me, but I’m still happy for Oregon and what we’ve done here.”

On finishing 11th

“I’m disappointed. But I’m still proud of our girls.”
 
Ashley Collier (Texas A&M) – 1st Place, 4x100 Women’s Meter Relay
 
On approaching the race...
“I knew that everyone was going to run their best today so coming out first makes me really happy.”
 
On Texas A&M’s success...
“I think that we constantly reload our team, so when we lose people they are replaced, but with athletes who are just as good. That’s why I think we retain our top placements.”
  
Leonardo Seymore, Antwan Wright (Florida) –1st Place, Men’s 4x100 Meter Relay
 
Leonardo Seymore-
On preparing for the race…
“Going into the race, we knew we had a good chance to come away with the victory. All we did was trust our coaches and we went out there to perform.”
 
On thoughts during the race…
“Coming from behind, I didn’t know who I was chasing. It was pretty crazy to see us come first on the board.”
 
On potentially winning the National men’s team title…
“Winning the team title has been on our mind since we got here. That’s the goal, to win a National Championship. For us to come out with a victory would be really sweet. We’re the defending champions and we’re Gators. We put trust in ourselves and know what we have to do.”
 
Antwan Wright-
On pre-race nerves…
“’As a freshman, it’s my first Nationals. I was obviously nervous, but coach gave me a pep talk. He told me I needed to show them what I can do, so I went out there and did my thing.”
 
Kimberlyn Duncan (LSU) – 1st Place, Women’s 200 Meters
 
On winning the event…
“I was just trying to come out and score as many points for my team. I’m very satisfied and I’m very happy to be here.”
 
On the caliber of the competition…
“It makes you step your game up to run with other girls who are as good as you or better. So I’m very proud of everybody.”
 
On being the first person to win the 200 Meter event three times in a row…
“I’m just excited to have done it. I’m happy to be here and happy to be able to do it.”

Natalja Piliusina (Oklahoma State) – 1st Place, Women’s 1500 Meters

 
On her race...
“I put myself in a really tough spot, but once I got to the last 100 meters my past races got into my head and I didn’t want this race to turn out like them. I wanted to win and I pushed really hard to do that.”
“I was so far behind and I didn’t think that I could come up from behind to win, but something clicked inside of my head that made me push hard in the last 50 meters. At that point I knew I would win.”
 
On what is next for her...
“I am going to go back to Europe and run in the World University Games.”
 
Ameer Webb (Texas A&M) –1st Place, Men’s 200 Meters
 
On winning his first Outdoor National Championship…
“I am not running the 4x400. I’m a two-time Indoor and one-time Outdoor Track champion, so I’m on top of the world, in my own world, right now.”
 
On his competition…
“I was a little bit intimidated by some of the other guy’s times today. I know the 100 isn’t my strong suit, however, knowing I’m a 200 guy gave me some confidence.”

Sam Humphreys (Texas A&M) – 1st Place, Men’s Javelin Throw

 
On his performance…
“I just wanted to go out there and do what I needed to do.”

On ranking this moment in comparison to the 2012 Olympic Trials…

“This is definitely my number one moment. I’ve been working for this for four years. It means a lot to be a NCAA Champion.”

On his contribution toward his teams title effort…

“You know you need to go out there and focus on what needs to be done to win. I don’t focus on the score or what’s on the board because anything can happen in any race. You just keep your head clear and do what you need to do.”

Emma Coburn (Colorado) – 1st Place, Women’s 3000 Meter Steeplechase
 
On her race...
“I am feeling a mixture of joy and relief. It’s difficult because this was the end of my college career, but that being said I am happy with the way I finished. Getting the win definitely ends my chapter with Colorado on a positive note.”
 
On her approach coming to the race...
“We came here knowing that this was going to be a big meet and we prepared for it with that in mind.”
 
Sam Crouser (Oregon) - 3rd Place, Men’s Javelin Throw

On his performance...
“It was disappointing to say the least because I was expecting more from myself today. I couldn’t hit a good one.”
 
On the wind…
“I am used to the head wind on this field more than anyone because it is my home field. I knew I had the drive to win but I guess I just wasn’t clicking today.”

Brianna Rollins (Clemson) – 1st Place, Women’s 100 Meter Hurdles
 
On winning the race…
“It means a lot. I’m very thankful. Now I just need to continue to stay focused and try to make the World Team and just continue to run great races.”
 
Mac Fleet (Oregon) –1st Place, Men’s 1500 Meters
 
On winning after returning from injury rehabilitation…
“I’m always confident with my capabilities. Coming back from injury to win this? I couldn’t be happier.”
“This is an amazing feeling. I came close in the Outdoors as a freshman, but it was tough having everything taken away the past two years. It really puts things into perspective on how hard it is to win at this level. Such a fantastic day.”
 
On preparing for this…
“The first week of September, I had a long talk with a friend looking forward to today. We discussed what I needed to do over the weeks in between to win today. It’s been long months of dedication and focus.”
 
Tia Brooks (Oklahoma) – 1st Place, Women’s Shot Put
 
On her performance…
“I’m a little frustrated. It wasn’t a very good meet. The collegiate record is always the goal, but I’m just honored to be an outdoor champion.”
 
On her feelings overall…
“It was my goal to get the NCAA record and I didn’t get it, but I’m just happy to have the opportunity to try. I’m ready for more.”
 
Johnathan Cabral (Oregon) –5th Place, Men’s 110 Meter Hurdles
 
On the race…
“I had a little trouble staying level, but I came and got a fifth place finish. I’m happy with that.”
“Going over the last hurdle, I started nicking a couple of people. It was a close race.”
 
On executing his race strategy…
“I just had to stay focused, recalibrate myself, and keep going. I had to do what I can do best.”
 
Brigetta Barrett (Arizona) –1st Place, Women’s High Jump
 
On repeating as a National Champion…
“I feel like I was able to put my mark on the collegiate world. I’m very grateful for everything, and I couldn’t ask for more.”
 
On comparing her nerves before singing the National Anthem with competing in the high jump…
“I’m not even going to lie, I was more nervous to sing, I don’t know why. Usually I’m not nervous about running or singing because I’ve sang the national anthem quite a bit at meets. For some reason I felt like it was just a little scary. Singing at the National Championship at my last meet was an honor, because I’ve been wanting to do that since freshman year.”
“I’m definitely starting my singing career. I talked to a friend and we’re going to work on a mix-tape. I’m very serious, I know I say it while laughing, but I’m going to start my music career and do some track.”
 
On her professional goals…
“The goal is to become the best high jumper the world has ever seen. I still have a lot of growing in different areas, but I’d like to be the World Champion.”

Laura Roesler (Oregon)- 4th Place, 4x400 Meter Relay

On the team…
“We didn’t have a huge margin of error if we were going to win. Kansas came out and competed hard today.”
 
On the race…
“The teams in the 4x400 were really good teams, fourth place is by no means a disappointment for us.”

Zach Perkins (Air Force)- 2nd Place, Men’s 1500 Meters
 
On approaching the race...
“A lot of hard work goes into this. I am lucky to have, who I believe to be, one of the best coaches in the nation. I also have amazing support from my family and from the Academy.”
“At the end of the day it is all about the work you put in.”

Lawi Lalang (Arizona) - 1st Place, Men’s 5000 Meters
 
On the outcome of the race...
“It wasn’t really that easy today. I had to push myself from the very start.”
 
On both of his wins at Regionals...
“It is relieving. I feel really good because it was what I was going for coming to this event. Getting these wins is really satisfying.”
 
On preparing for this year...
“This year we had to switch around some things because we made some mistakes last year that needed fixing.”

Phyllis Francis (Oregon) – 4th Place, Women’s 4x400 relay

On placing third…

“We just wanted to at least get as many points as possible. I can’t be any happier with today. I’m learning a lot from this sport and event.”

On the Women’s 4x400…
“It was a last minute decision for English (Gardner) not to run. Jenna (Prandini) stepped in and really performed. I knew she was going to do a good job.”

Mike Berry (Oregon) – 3rd Place, Men’s 4x400 relay

On expectations for NCAA Championships…
“We wanted to come here to get a trophy. I knew we had an opportunity. We came out and performed. This is a good place for us. It is a big thing for us to bring a trophy to Tracktown USA.”

On what’s next…

“Now, I’ll start looking to Worlds. Hopefully I can make the USA team and make it to Russia.”

On running at NCAA Championships…

“There always is a lot of pressure to come out and prove that you deserve to be here. I wanted to run my own race and perform to the best of my abilities."