FRIDAY'S ATHLETE QUOTES

Miles Ukaoma, Nebraska – First Place Men’s 400 Meter Hurdles - 49.23

On having his season best at Heyward Field…

“This year I was able to get it right and peak at the national meet.”

 

On the wind…

“We were getting a lot of wind. I felt like I was being pushed around in my lane, but you aren’t really thinking about that when you are trying to run.”

 

On how he got started in the 400 Meter Hurdles…

“Billy Maxwell introduced me to doing the intermediate hurdles and since day one it has been my thing and really stuck.”

 

On running with Michael Stigler [Kansas]…

“It’s awesome just to run with him. He’s a great guy and great competitor. I love competing against other people, that’s what I love more than anything.”

 

Remona Burchell, Alabama – First Place Women’s 100 Meter Dash – 11.25

On how the wind affected the race…

“I wasn’t worried about it at the time. I wanted a faster time, but I can’t control the wind.”

 

On her mentality during the race…

“All I wanted to do was make it to the finish line. I was ahead, so I just wanted to get to the finish line.”

 

Kendall Williams, Georgia – First Place Heptathlon

On how it feels to win a national championship…

“It’s kind of unbelievable, just judging by how the first day went. I had some good performances, but I also had some bad ones and it was the same thing today. It feels good to be able to still pull it out. I’m just really lucky.”

 

On falling down during the 800…

“I’ve never fallen in the 800. Going into the run my legs were a little bit tired, so having to get up and finish the rest of the race I just completely hit a wall. I had a feeling like I had lost it, but I was just trying to finish.”

 

On starting strong with the hurdles yesterday…

“The hurdles were a great start. That’s what kind of set the cushion for the rest of my performances. It was definitely what I needed to maintain a lead throughout the rest of the competition.”

 

Shamier Little, Texas A&M - First place Women’s 400 Meter Hurdles – 55.07

On her goals going into the race…

“Not too much, I was pretty nervous and the goal was to PR, which is what I did.”

 

On her feelings about the race and the wind on the back stretch…

“It wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be, but the adrenaline was pumping and once I felt myself feeling more confident I didn’t notice it at all”

 

On how it felt to have an SEC dominated final…

“It helped. Having Kendra [Harrison] on my inside and Janeil [Bellille] on my outside really helped, they are great starters compared to me and being in the middle of them and not too far behind was really good for me”

 

On winning as a freshman and looking towards world juniors…

“I was really excited, just screaming, I don’t know what to say, I’m just excited.”

 

Brandon McBride, Mississippi State – First Place Men’s 800 Meter Run – 1:46.26

On his feelings about having the other SEC guys in the race…

“I knew Ryan [Schnulle] was going to be there. I knew a lot of the SEC guys were going to be there the last 50 meters, so I just wanted to take them out of pace and make them uncomfortable. From about 4-6 I tried to increase the pace and shock the pace a little bit because I knew coming down the last 150 I may not be able to turn over as fast as the other guys. I just did what I had to do to win. It was a little windy out there but it’s always good to win an NCAA title”

 

On the close finish…

“I was just looking at the finish line. I knew they were there. I glanced over at the jumbotron and I knew they were there, I just couldn’t quite see them so I just kept digging for the line.”

 

Leah O’Connor, Michigan State – First Place Women’s 3000 Meter Steeplechase – 9:36.43

On how it feels to be a national champion…

“It’s surreal, that was amazing. Last year when I left this meet my coach looked at me and said ‘You better start thinking that you can win this next year because you can.’ So after indoor nationals this year I just decided that I really wanted to win. Ever since then I’ve been really focused and doing everything possible.”

 

On winning by seven seconds…

“I didn’t even know that I won by that much. There’s a lot of really, really fit girls in that field and I think that on any given day some of them could have done it. That last 600 meters is really what I had been training for, just really hammering through that.”

 

Annika Roloff, Akron – First Place Women’s Pole Vault – 4.40m (14-5 ¼)

On if she came into the event expecting to win…

“No, I never do that. That’s too much pressure and I don’t want to have that on my shoulders.”

 

On how the day started…

“I had a bad start. I was out almost twice today, so I thought that today just wasn’t my day. Turns out, it was.”