April 1, 2009
University/College Women's 800-Meter Champion
Nachelle Stewart, BYU
On her first trip to Austin and winning her first Texas Relays event: It is really exciting. It was beautiful here today. I heard that it is snowing back in Utah right now, so it was wonderful to come out here on a sunny day and perform the way I did. Initially, I didn't want to be in the lead because of this wind, but I just took off and did the best I could. I'm really proud of my performance.
University Men's 800-Meter Champion
Aggrey Chirchir, UTEP
On defending his 800-meter crown: I feel great. I came back to defend my meet record today. I've had a heel injury recently, so I wasn't able to train for the past three weeks, so it feels even better to be able to win again. I can't describe the feeling.
University/College Women's 5,000-Meter Champion
Kathya Garcia, UTEP
On pulling out the victory in the last 100 meters: I tried to conserve my energy as much as I could throughout the race, and I think the runners in my pack ran out of energy towards the end. Luckily, my strategy paid off for me and I was able to sprint the last 100 meters as fast as I could and pull out the victory.
University Men's 5,000-Meter Champion
On what it means to win as a senior:
Samuel Kosgei, Lamar
On winning the race after leading the entire time: I was feeling good. However, it was really windy on the straights and I had no one to trail behind, so it was difficult on those parts. It was hard to keep the same pace because of that.
It's a special win for me, because it's probably my last time to compete here. I'm excited that I won, and I'm looking forward to training and getting ready to run the 10K at Stanford in May.