June 8, 2010

 


The Texas A&M women’s track and field team is ready to defend its national title with a strong contingent of sprinters, featuring senior Porscha Lucas and sophomore Jeneba Tarmoh, who are two of the top contenders in the 100 and 200 meter dashes at the 2010 NCAA Outdoor Championships on June 9-12 in Eugene, Ore.

Tuesday June 8, 2010

Athletes

Men:  Ashton Eaton, University of Oregon; Andrew Wheating, University of Oregon; Ryan Whiting, Arizona State University

On Eve of NCAA Championships:

AW:  “I could not be more excited.  This is my last year as a Duck and I am thrilled to get out there and compete.”

AE:  “I felt an extra type of energy on the track today.  I am ready to go do this.  This being my last race, it makes it that much more exciting.”

On pressure:

AW:  “There is little pressure because it is on everybody’s shoulders; it is more excitement. “

On how to keep loose:

RW:  “We have all been here before.”

AW:  “The home crowd will help.”

AE:  “The press conference is not helping.  I do not think I have ever been as excited as this.”

On staying fresh throughout the meet:

AW:  “I have confidence I can finish and do what I need to do.”

On preparing for the Multi-Events:

AE:  “I take one event at a time.  The goal for me is to PR every time, and with that kind of attitude it is no big deal.”

On rivalry with Virginia’s Robbie Andrews:

AW:  “I am not one to make excuses.  I would like to get another shot at it.”

On running strategy:

AW:  “Whatever the tactic may be, it will not be a walk in the park.”

Women:  Keshia Baker, University of Oregon; Lisa Koll, Iowa State; Blessing Okagbare, Texas-El Paso.

On Eve of NCAA Championships:

BO:  “I never saw myself sprinting before, but I am really loving it.  It helps me with my long jump.”

On atmosphere:

KB:  “I am in awe of everything.  Once it is over it will hit me wow I was here and I competed.”

BO:  When I saw the track I thought wow this is awesome, just do your best.”

LK:  “Last time I was here was at the 2008 Olympic Trials.  Having big meets in Eugene is always exciting; you can feel the support.”

On regional meet:

LK:  “I thought the regional meet was going to be worse than it was.  A lot of it was tactical and not too taxing.  Still, you cannot underestimate anyone anytime you step on to the track.  I am just trying to keep things under control.”

On preparing for the National Championship:

“I try not to let in the outside pressure, and hopefully the adrenaline will give me an extra push.  I am looking forward to everything.”