Athlete Quotes - USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships - Thursday, June 20
Athlete quotes will be updated after each event.
Tony Brown, Junior men's 110 hurdles, Champion.
On the race:"I got out really well. I finished strong. I think I hit a hurdle. When (Trey) Holloway and the other guy got beside me, I didn't watch them I just worried about my race."
On preparing for the race: "I really didn't do anything different. I worked a lot on technique. Last week in North Carolina I tried to seven step, but that didn't work out so I went back to eight steps. I went back to my eight-step approach and it worked much better. I don't want to go out of the country and represent my country trying to seven step."
Christina Melian, Junior 3,000 Meters, Finals.
On the win: "If you asked me a year ago if I could do this I probably would have said no way. I'm really excited to be here to win it is just such an honor."
Kendall Williams, Junior Heptathon, Champion.
On today's part of the competition: "In the javelin, I PR’d by like six feet so I was really happy because I have been working on it a lot with my dad. It was on my first throw, a big PR so I am really happy."
Coy Blair, Junior Shot Put, Champion.
On his win: "I went into the finals at 19.14 and just decided it was go time. I went through and hit one like I had in warm ups. It's still far from what I have been doing in practice.”
On the his season: “I was at NCAA's two weeks ago and I have had a lot less time to work with the 6 kilo. Being on it for a week and a half and coming here and doing what I did I think it was all right."
Timothy White-Edwards, Junior Triple Jump, Champion.
On his throws: "The effort was good. I came out preparing myself to PR and get a better record. I jumped a 53-2 it was good out there, good competition. I love the heat."
Sasha Wallace, Junior 100 hurdles, Champion.
On pushing through high wind for a win: "I don't know exactly what the wind speed was. The wind was crazy, I wish my time was better, but it’s always difficult to run into the wind. You don't know how to train for the difficult surroundings and you really don't want to think about it until you run. It is what it is."
Tate Schienbein, Junior Men’s 3000m Steeplechase, Champion.
On his race strategy: “I just wanted to maintain on the first lap. I was in the fourth or fifth position in there. I recall at about 600 meters someone kind of made a rush and the field spread out a bit. I knew I wanted to run my race. So I got up there and stayed right behind Brendan Smith of Penn. He took the lead a bit on the last lap and then I took over and kept it going.”
Morolake Akinosun, Junior women’s 100 meters, Champion.
On her race: “I was just focused on staying in my drive. It was a great race. The wind wasn’t that bad. In Champaign (Illinois) we are used to all kinds of weather. The humidity was no factor at all.”
Trayvon Bromell, Junior Men’s 100 meters, Champion.
On the race: “It was a good race, a lot of good competition. The runners who came in second and third really got out quick. In finals, I never really think about the wind. In the finals, I keep my head focused on my race. I work on my blocks. My start is good so I really work on getting out of the blocks.”