NCAA West Preliminary Rounds media availability
May 26, 2010
On the mindset going from conference to regionals: To me, at conference, it's about how many points you can get. You no longer have a name; you have points attached to your forehead. Here, it's about qualifying for nationals, it's not about how many points you get, whether you win or whether you lose, it's about whether or not you move on to the next round because you can't become a national champion or you can't become an All-American if you don't get to the final round, so it's about advancing.
On sophomore Angele Cooper: The one thing I hoped she learned from conferenec and the thing she expressed to me that she learned the most is don't doubt herself. She's still one of those athletes who is truly evolving into her greatness and so there's those times where she truly underestimates her athleticism and her heart. She has a heart of a lion and she has the athleticism to play any sport.
On qualifying for nationals: You have to go all out, there's no cruising. You have to run as if it's your last race, even in the prelims because now everyone is trying to get in, this is all we have now, regionals and then nationals and if you go to the USA Outdoor Championships, but other than that, if you want to make a name for yourself, really you have to make it to nationals.
On the Big 12 Championship meet preparing her for this meet: The Big 12 meet just showed me how strong I am as a person after running both the 400m and 400m hurdles along with the 4x400m. It was a fun meet and definitely a challenge.
On doubling up on the 400m and 400m hurdles at Conference: No, I was actually prepared, but mentally I got distracted, that's why I didn't do what I wanted in the finals. I was fine in the prelims, I was ready, but that's life and it was a learning experience and now I'm just ready to move on to nationals.
On this weekend: I'm excited, I'm really excited that it's at home. I love running at home, I don't know what it is, I'm just more relaxed.