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Athlete Quotes - Day 6

Ebony Collins (Los Angeles, Calif.), World Youth team member – Intermediate Girls 400m hurdles champion (58.26 record), 100m runner-up (11.69)

On the 400m hurdles:

"The record was the only thing I was going for."

On the running the 100 meters immediately after the 400m hurdles:

"I was felt tired and I was a little under the weather."

On the 100 meters:

"I got a good start but physically I didn't have the strength physically to finish the way I wanted. I also had to think about my other races that are later today."

Bianca Knight (Jackson, Miss.), World Youth team member – Intermediate Girls 100m (11.57) and 200m (23.46) champion

"I really wasn't too worried about the record but I'm satisfied with my time."

On her future plans:

"I'm going to begin training in the 400 and I will be trying to make the (Pan America) junior team going to China in 2008."

Bryshon Nellum (Los Angeles, Calif.), World Youth team member – Intermediate Boys 400m champion (47.16)

"I got out on a strategy pace but then everyone started to leave me at the 200 mark. After that I had to use my inside lane to catch everybody at the home stretch."

On his 200m race:

"I didn't run the curve as hard as I needed to, and when I tried to catch everyone they were too far ahead."

Nicole Jones (Houston, Tex.), World Youth team member – Intermediate Girls 1,500m champion (4:27.35)

"I took it a little easy the first two laps. I picked it up on the last two laps because you never know who is behind."

"My goal this year was to make the World Youth team, and I'm going to keep the faith that I will make the 2006 (Pan Am) Junior team next time around."

On the 3,000m:

"I just did the 3,000 for fun. I only ran it once before this meet."

Carrington Queen (Philadelphia, PA) – Young Men's 110m hurdles (13.86)

"My start wasn't what I wanted and I hit most of the hurdles, but when I came over the last hurdle, I just gave everything I had left."

"I just wanted t come home with a national title for my team."

Johnny Dutch (Clayton, NC) – Intermediate Boys 110m hurdles champion (13.92 record)

"It wasn't that good because the blocks slipped and I had to play catch up."

"I'm upset that I didn't PR (personal record) today. It just wasn't my meet."

On breaking the record:

"I'm excited because I worked pretty hard, and I want to thank my competition because they pushed me to the record."

Tavaris Washington (Atlanta, Ga.) – Young Men's 400m hurdles champion (51.10)

"I had a lot of pressure on me going in because I had the second fastest (qualifying) time in this race and the first fastest (qualifying) in the 110 hurdles. I wanted to with this event because I felt that it would give me momentum going into the 110 hurdles later today."

Heather Trimiew (Chattanooga, Tenn.) – Young Women's 400m hurdles champion (59.97)

"I'm very new to the 400 meter hurdles, but my goal today was to run my PR (personal record). I knew going in that if I ran a PR I would win."

Robin Reynolds (Miami, Fla.) – Midget Girls' 400m champion (55.01 record) and 200m (25.26) champion

"I have a lot of confidence in myself. I know that no matter what place I come in I know I'm a winner."

On the race:

"I just went out hard and gave a 110 percent."

On running the 200, 400, and 800 meters:

"I love running everything from the sprints to distance."

David Klech (San Ramon, Calif.), World Youth team member – Young Men's 400m hurdles runner-up (51.30)

"I came out here tired from Morocco (World Youth Championships). I tried to do my best. I ran a 51.3 and just didn't have it all today."

Destiny Jenkins (Atlanta, Ga.) – Midget Girls 1500m, 3rd place (4:46.20)

"I've been trying my best to make it to the Olympics."

Eric Thompson (Herrin, Ill.) – Young Men's high jump champion (2.10m/6-10.75)

"It's 90 percent mental…you have to stay focused on the bar and nothing else."

Turquoise Thompson (Long Beach, Calif.) – Youth Girls 400m champion (53.93)

"I strided all the way to the last 150 and when I got to the last 150 I turned it on."

Sa'de Williams (Los Angeles, Calif.) - Intermediate Girls 400m champion (53.48)

"I tried to run the 300 (meters) and used what I had left in the one (meters)."

Stacey-Ann Smith, (Bloomfield, Conn.) – Youth Girls 100m (11.86) and 200m (24.12) champion

"I wasn't scared going in but after the false start shook me up a little. My goal today was to hit 11.75."

Kenyanna Wilson (Phoenix, Ariz.) – Young Women's 100m champion (10.43)

"I had the fastest time going into the 100 and the 200. I knew the race was going to be tight. The blocks were kind of iffy but I knew that if I got a strong start and a strong finish I would be fine."

Jarek Hewitt (Garner, NC) – Young Men's 100m champion (10.43)

"My start was really good, but I just wanted to power my way down the track to get the win. I had the record in mind and thinking about it made me prepare harder."

William Wynne (Atlanta, Ga.) – Intermediate Boys 400m hurdles champion (54.29 race was rerun)

On the rerun:

"It was my fault that the race had to be rerun, I knocked down the last hurdle and it knocked over the hurdle of the guy in lane two."

On the first race:

"I got out to a strong start but I hit the last hurdle, which is what threw me off."

"I wouldn't mind if there is a protest and I don't get the gold medal because I ran my PR (personal record) in the first race and I'll be back next year to win the gold."

Jason Chambers (Atlanta, Ga.) – Youth Boys 400 meter champion (49.11)

"I knew I had to come out hard in the first curve, I stretched out at the 200 meter mark, got tight at the 50 (meter) mark, but I was able to pull threw. My goal was to run a 48 something."

J.T. Scheuerman (Parker, Colorado) – Young Men's 400m champion (46.77)

"I just wanted to execute perfectly. I had a small injury earlier in the week which made me change my strategy but I still executed well."

Jordan Hassay (Arroyo Grande, Calif.) - Youth Girls 1,500 meter champion (4:31.24)

"I didn't want to go out too fast because it was really hot. I wasn't trying t break the record I just wanted to win."

Nathan Mathabane (Portland, Ore.) - Youth Boys 1,500 meter champion (4:10.56)

"I wanted t even split the race. I knew the pace was fast. On the second and third laps I started to pick people off and on the last lap I just gave it all I had."

Shalina Clarke (Evanston, Illinois) – Young Women's 110m hurdles champion (13.57)

"I knew I had a lot of competition, I wasn't sure of the outcome because of the other girls in the competition."

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