Quotes from NCAA East Preliminary Championships

May 26, 2012

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2012 NCAA East Preliminary Championships
Hodges Stadium, Jacksonville, Fla.
May 26, 2012


Junior Kimberly Smith

On going through mind before the relay:

“Just get the stick around to Chelsea and play it safe while running as best as I can.”

On what goes through her mind watching the last three legs:

“It is nerve racking but I knew Chelsea was going to get it [the baton] around. They were patient and were going to wait on the stick to make sure it wasn’t dropped so we could get around the track.”

On entering ranked sixth but finishing third (overall) with a school record time:

“I expected us to run a little faster but circumstances with things we need to work on like handoffs slowed us. However, I still thought it was a pretty good race overall.”


Redshirt senior Chelsea Hayes

On what was going through her mind before the race:

“I knew Kim[berly Smith] was going to run so I wasn’t worried about her running, I just wanted to get the stick. That could have been the only problem. I knew we were all going to run fast and we had the speed, it was just a matter of getting the stick around. That was the main part.”

On if she realized the team had a school record time:

“No because I didn’t have a good handoff with Stacia Hanneman so that took away from our time. I wasn’t sure what the time was; I really didn’t care. We finished second in our heat and advanced and that is all that matters.”

On the handoff with Stacia Hanneman:

“I was excited and ran faster than usual. I was close up onto her so it was hard triyng to put it in her hand. I just found a way to get it to her.”



On if she was worried that handoff would be flagged:

“Yes! I was about to start crying if it was!”

On what she thought after handing off to Stacia Hanneman:

“When I was running to her I thought we were fine since we had the lead. But when I was running up to her, the first time I tried handing it off to her it didn’t go. It was iffy as we were getting closer to the exchange line and I just yelled, ‘Stacia!’ We really didn’t panic – well, I kind of panicked – but we still got the stick around.”

On training for competing on national level in three separate events:

“I am just going to have to keep working hard. I am going to keep going to practice and will have to work even harder because I know I am going to have some tough competition at nationals and they are going to be working as hard as ever so I am going to have to do the same.”


Senior Stacia Hanneman

On her handoff with Chelsea Hayes:

“Chelsea ran up on me quickly – faster than normal – and it was hard for her to get the stick in my hand. We didn’t panic and I was determined to get the stick in my hand in the exchange zone and to get it around the track. It was a good thing we didn’t panic.”

On what she thought when Chelsea Hayes came up quicker than normal:

“I just have to prepare myself to get out, keep the lead, make sure I am running through the zone all the way and to make sure I have my hand back so she has a good target to get the baton to me. I just have to mentally prepare myself for all of that. I know Chelsea and she is going to come and fight all the way.”

On what she thought after passing the baton to Victoria Wade:

“Just run through the zone, make sure I get the stick in Victoria [Wade]’s hand so she can take off.”

On a difficult senior year but still able to go to the National Championships:

“I am very excited. I know I have had some disappointments in my open events. With these four girls, I am just glad we are able to make it to nationals as a team. I wouldn’t be able to go without them.”

On what the relay has to do to place in Des Moines:

“We just have to trust each other, trust our part, everybody has to do their responsibility and make sure we have good targets for each other to get the stick around the track.”


Freshman Victoria Wade

On advancing to the National Championships as a freshman:

I had faith in our team to advance but it is just surreal that I made it to nationals in my freshman year. That seems like a once-in-a-lifetime thing for me so I am glad I am able to go as a freshman.”

On what went through her mind right before she received the baton:

“Don’t leave early! I know I have left early before and I am hard on myself when I do that. I would rather be late than early.”

On setting a school record:

“It feels good. It feels very good. We hoped to run 43 seconds but [setting the school record] still feels great.”


Sophomore Kim Francis

On what she was thinking at the finish line:

“At the finish line I was just nervous.  I saw the girl that finished with me on that end and I wasn’t sure if she got there before me or after me. I knew beforehand I had to at least get fourth since there were three other girls in my heat that are all-star athletes so the only open spot was for me to get fourth. I went in to the race thinking I had to get that spot.”

“As I started the race and reached the first hurdle, I settled. As I approached the second hurdle, I went back and then got in it. Then I hit the last hurdle. At the finish line I knew I just had to finish through.”

On the start of the race:

“The first few steps, I felt nothing. Approaching the first hurdle, I settled. I have always had a problem with that coming out of high school, not having a challenger early on in a race. At Louisiana Tech, not having a person to run with me, I don’t start my races off correctly but when the gun goes off, you have to go. Then at the end of the race, I clipped the last hurdle and then just went towards the finish line.”

“I am still shocked that I ran 13.4 because that is still my second best time ever ran.”

On the challenge of racing well after setting a personal record time:

“I felt going into the race that I would have to run that personal record time or faster. But all in all, I knew it was a whole different race than yesterday and I came a long way from the declaration list [ranked 23rd, finished 12th] but I just had to run the race and get to nationals.”

On advancing to the National Championships:

“I am speechless. At the beginning of the year, I was positive but had a rough middle of the year and didn’t think I would be able to do it. The time I ran yesterday (13.23), I never thought I would ever run that. I thought it was over for me but I never gave up and did what I love to do and that is compete. I just kept on going and I am just speechless. I don’t even know who to call and tell right now, I am speechless.”

On what she has to do to prepare for Des Moines:

“I need to work on my starts because I have a strong finish. Once I have that start, I will be clean all the way through. I believe that I can run 13-flat. I have faith. I feel if I can get that start, with my quick finish, I can do that with my momentum bringing me through.”


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