Feb. 25, 2011
Head Coach Gary Stanley
"I think we exceeded what we thought we [could do] in some events. There are always hiccups in a meet. Obviously Chelsea Hayes’ two school records in one day is pretty phenomenal. She was leading us and I felt real good about a lot of things. Our kids realized on the women’s side that if we come out tomorrow and really get after it, then we have a chance. Utah State looks awfully good."
"We had several season bests tonight. Monique Wright’s 400m run was exceptional. Several of these kids that really have not had a chance so far this season to do something exceptional are starting to look good. I think you will see Louisiana Tech perform tomorrow. I am excited about it."
About freshmen standouts Trey Hadnot and Kim Francis:
"I thought Kim Francis showed who we thought she would be when we recruited her and signed her. She had the typical freshman nervousness early in the year but today she looked like the girl we signed. I was really pleased with that. The same thing with Trey Hadnot. It took two or three meets for him to come around but I think we will see some very good stuff from both of them in the finals. I am every excited about those two kids. They are the future of our program."
On Saturday’s schedule:
"We have two relays, the [men’s and women’s] 4x400m that are coming up that we are pretty good in and all the finals. It is pretty critical in the 400m, 200m, hurdles and triple jump – that will pretty much tell the story on the women. On the men, I am really looking forward to seeing the 400m. I think that is going to be a very good event. We will also take a look at Jonathan Keys in the triple jump. He is leading the conference right now and hopefully he will get a good win. We will just see where it goes."
On his second place finish in the shot put Friday:
“I felt like I came out and did what I was supposed to do today. It is a good feeling in the end.”
“It is exciting but I knew I had to prove my word to our freshmen. I have been telling them that it is not about what you did last week or the week before last; it is the same thing my teammate Billy [Ray Walker] has been telling them also. I really just wanted to make sure I performed great so they could look at me and see that he did it and is telling the truth.”
On earning his 12th career all-WAC honor:
“It is still a blessing because you cannot take it for granted. The moment you take it for granted, that is when you start messing up. It is always good.”
On Friday’s accomplishments:
"I’m tired first of all. But I feel great. Throughout the season, I wasn’t jumping good. Today, I just went out. It felt good to break that and the conference, championship and school record all in one day [60m dash]. I am just proud of myself."
On feeling slow in the 200m:
"I did feel slow because I was running back and forth between the 60m dash and the long jump. Right after the long jump, I actually scratched my last jump to run the 200m, I was kind of winded at that point. I just had to go out with my all."
On the long jump:
"I was kind of expecting a good job but I was shocked when they told me I jumped 6.34 meters (20-9.75). I just broke down and starting crying. That was one of my PRs that I did not expect to come out."
On the 60m dash:
"I was expecting to run fast and break the school record again but I didn’t think I would break the championship or conference record. I am just trying to qualify for nationals and score points for the team so we can bring another championship home."