May 28, 2010
"I didn't have a great start today and I felt behind during the first three hurdles but I feel like I made up for that during the second set of three hurdles. I was a little nervous about 10 minutes before the race today, but once I started warming up I wasn't nervous anymore."
"I accidentally swallowed my gum in the blocks; so it was there, it just didn't make it through the race. I was just ready to come out of the blocks so much I was afraid I was going to false start. When the starter said ‘Set' I just accidentally swallowed the gum. At first I was afraid it was going to get caught in my throat during the race. I don't think I'll have gum in my mouth tomorrow."
"This is my second time competing at nationals – technically, this is considered nationals. Tomorrow, I don't care about my time; I just want to finish in the top 12 so I can advance to Eugene. I feel like my hard work this year is starting to pay off."
"I was really focused on getting out in the first 80m just a little bit harder than yesterday and then lasting throughout the race."
On her personal record time of 53.08:
"It feels like I can do anything. I am so confident with myself and my training and I'm just ready to continue to go faster."
"I am excited. This will be my second trip out to Eugene; I went when I was 16 years old for the USA Junior National Championships. I am really excited to go back up there and run on that track. It is really nice up there."
On the 400m:
"I planned the race out and I ran it like I had wanted to run it. I was happy with the way I ran the race and I am happy with my time. I just feel good because I made the coaches proud and my family back at home proud."
On the 200m:
"The 200m was something I was really focusing on this weekend. I knew the 400m would come around the way I planned it. The 200m is something I really plan on pursuing at nationals so I have focused on that."
On surging into the top three in the last 50m:
"That was part of the plan, considering I was in lane seven and had three guys in front of me that were running really fast. I figured that all I had to do was stick with them and when I got out of the turn, I knew I had to drop the hammer because that's how they move. "
"In the 4x100m relay, I just need to make sure I rest my legs tonight because I need to come out of the blocks very strong and very fast tomorrow. The 200m will be easier tomorrow than it was today because I won't have the 400m race to run beforehand. Then, in the 4x400m relay, I just need to give it all I've got."