Quotes from the NCAA East Preliminary Championships

May 24, 2012

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2012 NCAA East Preliminary Track & Field Championships
May 24, 2012
Hodges Stadium, Jacksonville, Fla.


Redshirt senior Chelsea Hayes

On never thinking she would compete in college:

“I never thought I would be at the level I am at right now. Coming out of high school I never thought that I would be running track in college, I just wanted to go to college. I guess I had the talent and ability to compete on the college level so here I am.”

On only having to take one jump to advance to Des Moines:

“I thought I would have to take more jumps because I was jumping against Tori [Bowie from Southern Miss] who was the indoor and outdoor national champ last year. I figured I would have to jump farther or even more but I didn’t so I was surprised about that.”

“I was mainly focused on the long jump because we have the finals in the long jump today and with the 100m having another round tomorrow, I only needed to advance in the 100-meter dash. After I put that first jump out, my mind relaxed and I felt I was safe.”

On what she thought after that jump:

“I thought I fouled. I originally thought I fouled. With the win, it was a little hard today. But I thought I had fouled and when the judge threw the white flag up I thought ‘Oh! Wow!’”

On the slow 100-meter heat she advanced out of:

“Before my 100-meter race, coach [Shawn Jackson] told me I didn’t have to go out and run hard, I only had to win. I wasn’t planning on going hard in this round because we have another round tomorrow and I have the 4x100-meter relay tomorrow so I didn’t want to wear myself out. I just wanted to make sure I made it to the next round and that is what I did.”

On if she realized how slow the heat was while she was running:



“Yes I knew because I didn’t even stay down and drive, I just popped up and ran. Basically, I did not even try, I just made sure I won that heat to make it to the next round.”

On what she will have to run to advance to Des Moines:

“Probably 11.2 [seconds].”

On expectations for the next two days:

“I want to get through the next round and make it to nationals in the 100-meter dash. I also want our relay team to advance as well. We haven’t had a 4x100-meter relay team make it to nationals in a few years so that would be good for us to do.”

On already having hit the “A” qualifying standard in the 100-meter dash for the U.S. Olympic Trials:

“I still have to drop my time in the 100 [meter dash] and run faster but I did already reach the A standard. When I go there I will be running with faster people so I want to drop that time. And I want to place at nationals and I want to have that under my belt too.”


Freshman Kenyattia Hackworth

On advancing to the NCAA Championships in the long jump:

“I’m really excited. For it to be my first year in college and to advance with only my second jump at the prelims, it is really exciting. I came from 18-to-19 feet to jumping over 20 feet today.”

On being the only freshman to advance from the East prelims to the NCAA Championships:

“It feels good. I didn’t know what to think. I was overwhelmed, honestly, and really excited. It feels like all my hard work has paid off for now. To get to the next level it feels good.”

“I was kind of nervous but I felt like I practiced well enough the last few weeks to do well here. I just used what I learned in the last few weeks.”

On scratching her first jump:

“The wind was blowing pretty hard so I had to move up a foot on the runway. But when I went to jump the wind stopped blowing so I had to move back and then I thought I was over on the board so I just scratched it. On my second jump, I hit 20-feet, eight inches.”

On entering the finals ranked fifth:

“I was nervous about the finals because I felt like I was in there but if some people had passed me I would have to come back and try to jump farther. I was just glad I didn’t have to jump again.”


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