May 13, 2010
Ulrike Hartz, Idaho
On wining the heptathlon:
"It feels great. That was my goal coming in and I accomplished it and it’s a great feeling."
On setting the school record in javelin:
"It was so exciting to find out I set the school record in the javelin. The throw felt great coming out of my hand and I knew it was going to be a good one. I haven’t thrown over 50 meters in four years so it was an amazing feeling to set that mark."
On what’s next:
"First we have to make it through a couple of more days here and do the best we can in the conference championship before I start concentrating on nationals. I just need to focus on getting better everyday and working hard."
Jesseka Jones, Louisiana Tech
On coming from behind to win the 800m:
"That was my plan the whole time. My coach was saying to stay calm and get her (Lindsay Goodman, Idaho) in the last 100m, but that would have made it a strength race because the 100m is pretty tough. I know that I can make it a speed race if I get in front of her at the 200m. Since I’m faster than anyone out here I made her run my race instead of her’s."
On putting her team in second place going into Friday:
"It’s like I’m setting the stepping stone. The team gets hype from the first performance. If the first performance is wishy-washy, then everybody gets out of their comfort zone because we are at home. I’m glad that I set the pace."
On the plan to recuperate for Friday:
"Sleep and sleep a lot. My plate was kind of heavy than everyone else’s so I need twice as much sleep."
Yogi Teevens, Idaho co-head coach
On being in first place after day 2:
"It feels pretty good. We’ve won the heptathlon the last three years or so, so we’ve been in first place at this time before. Every time we pretty much know we aren’t going to stay there, but I’m hoping for the best this time because this is the best team we’ve had since 2003."
On heptathlon champion Ulrike Hartz:
"Ulrike is a great kid. This is her first year with us. She has been injured most of the year so this is the first time she’s been able to train seriously. I was hoping she could qualify for nationals, which she did today. Hopefully within the next four weeks she’ll be in position to win nationals. That’s our goal."
On Friday’s expectations:
"We are hoping to score big in the distance events. We have some pretty big field events going on tomorrow too. We just need to get everyone to the finals. That’s the goal tomorrow."
Kurt Felix, Boise State
On moving into top 24 in nation:
"I’m pleased with moving into the top 24 which is what I wanted to do and now I just have to continue to execute like I have been and stay focused and everything will fall into place. I’m just going to go out and give my best effort everyday."
On Hamstring cramp during the 1500:
"I would have liked to have finished higher in the 1500, but around the second lap my hamstring started tightening up and cramping on me so I just had to push through it and just try and finish."
Jeff Petersmeyer, Boise State Jumps Coach
On Felix’s performance:
"Well we were cruising right along there today until he caught a hamstring cramp in the 1500, but overall we’re pleased with how things turned out. This should get him into the national meet, but he was on pace to score about 7550 or so. I still think he’ll be ok though"
On the National Meet:
"Well we have to worry about tomorrow and the next day first. He still has the long jump, triple jump, high jump and javelin so we have to work on getting him ready for those and then we’ll decide on whether or not we want him to compete in any of those events in regionals."
On expectations coming in:
"This is definitely the kind of performance we expect out of Kurt. We were just happy to have him finish after catching that cramp in the 1500. I think he set a PR for the decathlon today and you can’t expect much more out of him than that."
David Deal, Fresno State
On being in the top three heading into tomorrow:
"It was good. I got a PR by over 200 points. There were a few events where I could have done better and I didn’t. It was a great decathlon. Going into this, (Philip) Noble and I were separated by 12 points. So it was exciting going back and forth between second and third on the second day. He had what it took in the 1500m."
Philip Noble, Utah State
On winning the 1500m:
"I wasn’t worried about the placing because I knew that I had fast times and the time I ran today wasn’t even a very fast time for me. I was really trying to get 7,000 points overall. I was shooting for that mark, but I didn’t quite get there."
On his performance overall:
"Overall I did pretty well. There were a couple of events that I wasn’t too happy with. The vault I can go higher than I did. I was disappointed in that one."
On being runner-up:
"I’m really happy with it. (Kurt) Felix is amazing. Hopefully next year I’ll get everything together and do a little better."