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Athlete Quotes - Day 4

Ebony Collins (Los Angeles, Calif.), World Youth team member Intermediate Girls 400 meter hurdles

"I had a good race but I didn't run fast enough between the hurdles. My goal for the finals is to win and break the record."

Isaiah Green (Long Beach, Calif.), World Youth team member - Intermediate Boy's 100 meters

I was definitely disappointed with my time today, especially after running 10.66 in Morocco last week in a head wind. All I can do now is focus on the final and try t get the gold.

Nicole Jones (Westfield, Texas), World Youth team member Intermediate Girls 1500 meters

I wanted to really work on my lap splits today. Even though I was slightly off I know I'll be pushed in the finals.

I'm definitely going for the record in the finals. I have been eyeing the record since last year.

Nkosinza Balumbu, 18 (Union City, Calif.) Young Men's triple jump champion

I came here to finish my high school career on a good note. I was a favorite coming in and my goal was to get close to my PR (personal record). This was the first time I've won at the Junior Olympics, I've come in second and third before, but it was nice to come out on top for the first and last time.

I'm going to the University of Arkansas and I hope to continue my winning ways there and help them win more national championships.

Terri Prentice, 16 (Pomona, Calif.) - Intermediate Boys long jump champion

I came out late and didn't get a chance to warm up before the first flight, but in the second flight after warming up I got a lot of god jumps in.

I was close to my personal best but my technique wasn't that great, but I was happy to jump 7 meters like I did earlier in the week in the decathlon.

Devon Williams (Parkville, Md.), World Youth team member Intermediate Girls 400 meters

The plan was go to out easy. My main goal was to make the finals. My mentality going into the finals will be to PR. The heat didn't bother me today. Coming into the race today, I knew what I needed to do. I have been practicing hard and I came out and did what I needed to do.

Brianna Neumann, 18 (Fort Wayne, Ind.) - Young Women pole vault champion (Purdue-bound athlete)

I am feeling real good right now. I wasn't nervous at all or anything. My jumps felt good. I didn't PR, but that is ok. I was really happy that I won.

Katie Veith, 16 (Fort Wayne, Ind.) - Intermediate Girls pole vault champion (set new record)

I am very happy. I PR'd and that was one of my goals coming into it. I wasn't really thinking about breaking the record at the time. But when it's going to happen, it happens. I am just really happy right now.

Matthew Kosecki, 14 (Houston, Texas) Youth Boys javelin champion (set new record)

I was a little bit nervous because but I knew I had thrown further than the field before. It wasn't until after the guy in second place threw that I relaxed.

I had beaten the record before at other meets but my dad, who is also my coach, told me that to win today I would need t break the record.

Jenny Svoboda (Howells, Neb.), World Youth team member Young Women shot put

I am just really tired. All the traveling (Knoxville, Morocco, Indianapolis) has caught up to me and I haven't been feeling that well. I think it's about time I took a little break and rested up for next spring.

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