March 14, 2010

Blessing Okagbare, UTEP, women's 60 meters - 7.18
"I have been working really hard this season and kept telling myself to just do your thing. I did and I won. I am a fighter and when she (Gabby Mayo) pulled to the front I wanted to get her. I am not the best but I try to be a good athlete and I am really happy I won."

Shaniqua Ferguson, Auburn, women's 200 meters - 23.20
"I ran the 60 earlier, and did well, so I really took that momentum into the 200. I wanted to execute as well as I know I can. In the heats I didn't get out as well as I should have so I had to make up for it at the end. In the final I made an adjustment and was able to win it."

Francena McCorory, Hampton, women's 400 meters - 50.54 (AR)
"It feels so good and I was very happy to get to the break first and continued to push hard the rest of the race. I feel good. I hold the high school 400m record and I wanted to get the college 400m. It was a great win for Hampton and it shows that it doesn't matter what school you go to. I am very happy to get this win for my school. "

Phoebe Wright, Tennessee, women's 800 meters - 2:02.55
"This year was about redemption and I worked hard for that. I went for a fast time and if someone was going to beat me it was going to be at a fast pace. All year I have been working hard to chip away at my time. It proves that hard work and confidence will get you far. I have always believed in myself and just focused on getting a faster time. "

Charlotte Browning, Florida, women's mile - 4:35.66
"I have worked so hard this year and it worked out for the best. Our team needed 10 points so I did what I needed to do. I wanted to get the front and hit hard. I just kept hammering and hammering. I tried to create a gap and I ran for my life. I did not know where anyone else was so I just kept pushing. "

Angela Bizzarri, Illinois, women's 3,000 meters - 8:57.40
"It was exciting race. I knew I would have to run fast and I hung on for the win. It turned out well for me and I am really excited. The race motivates me and I proved that I belong at the top."

Lisa Koll, Iowa State, women's 5,000 meters - 15:39.65
"Training has been going really great. I've kind of been hurt recently, but Coach just decided to change the workouts and it's worked really well. I've been able to build my strength from the ground up this season."

Queen Harrison, Virginia Tech, women's 60-meter hurdles - 7.95
"It was really exciting but I had to make sure to control my nerves. I have been working on getting a better start and I was able to come out on top. It was an important win for us. We went into the race with the goal to finish at one and two and we did." It means a lot to go out with a bang as a senior."

Amber Purvis, Oregon, women's 4x400-meter relay - 3:32.97
"This was an important win for us, many doubt we have sprinters at Oregon and we proved otherwise. It feels great and it never gets old. It feels so amazing, I expected us to win but not like this. I am disappointed in my time but it felt good to hold that girl off and give it my all."

Phoebe Wright, Tennessee, women's distance medley relay - 10:58.37
"It feels great, because every time I step on the track I wear the Tennessee name with pride. To come out here and win it three times in a row shows our consistency, and it shows how great our program is. I'm proud to be a part of it

Elizabeth Patterson, Arizona, women's high jump - 1.93m (6-4)
"It was a tough competition. I wasn't really in a position to win until the very end, but I guess that's when it matters. It was such a close competition there at the end. I knew I had to step up at that point, and I was able to."

Kylie Hutson, Indiana State, women's pole vault - 4.50 (14-9)
"It was a great day with insane competition. I love to battle and it helped me do better with Melissa (Gergel) pushing me. I was great competition with her side by side. I am really happy , I got a PR and had three great attempts to break the record."

Kimberly Williams, Florida State, women's triple jump - 13.9m (45-9.25)
"It feels so good to win. I came into today confident and knew I could do it. I didn't jump what I wanted to but it was enough. I was able to win with the support of my coaches, Florida State family and my family back home. I got this for my school. "

Mariam Kevkhishvilli, Florida, women's shot put 18.59m
"It feels awesome to win at my last NCAA Championship. You always want more and go further but I did my job today and I am very happy. I felt really good this morning, had a few butterflies but I knew I could do it. "

**Mariam Kevkhishvili became just the second woman in NCAA history to win three consecutive indoor shot put titles. Regina Cavanaugh of Rice is the only other woman in NCAA history to accomplish that feat, doing so from 1984-86.**

D'Ana McCarty, Louisville, women's weight throw - 22.76m (74-8 ΒΌ)
"I was hoping to come in and throw 23 meters, but I tried to start out further back in the ring and it didn't really workout, but it was a PR so I'm happy with it. It's exciting to repeat. I've been hoping for this since I won it last year."

Brianne Theisen, Oregon, pentathlon - 4,396 points
"It was so hard to concentrate because I was so excited about Ashton's world record. I think that the excitement helped me jump a personal record. It feels awesome and I am very happy to get a win in the pentathlon before I graduate. Everyone knows that the shot put is not one of my strong points and it was awesome to get a PR. As soon as it left my hands I knew it was going to be huge. It so felt so good and definitely highlight for me. I think that the shot put really helped me to get the win."