Athlete Quotes - Women's 3000m Steeplechase Semifinal
Nicole Bush, Heat 1 (Winner)
"I figured the safest place to be was up front. I was just hanging out up there to put myself in the best circumstance to finish in the top four. (On Thursday) I just need to do the best I can."
Lindsey Anderson, Heat 1 (2nd Place)
"I wanted to go out quick so it wasn't a sitting race. It was a good pace, so I feel good for (Thursday)."
"I didn't care about winning this one. I wanted people to come out and stay with me. I wanted to make it an honest race."
"It was so good with the crowd all the way around. It was also fun to be in the first heat since this is the first time for this event being at the Trials."
Lisa Galaviz, Heat 1 (3rd Place)
"It was amazing to go out there and see that huge crowd, full of people who know track and field."
"Tomorrow I see a sub 9:30 race. It's going to be a great race. I don't see those girls coming out jogging."
"I just feel very fortunate that this race was an Olympic event this year."
Jennifer Barringer, Heat 2 (Winner)
"I have a goofy personality because I get excited in the middle of a race, but it was a good effort and not easy by any means. The conditions were beautiful and it is an awesome place to run. I'm just happy to be here and people like me."
"To have a whole stadium where most of the people don't know me behind me, it means so much. You hear things when you are on the track that really move you. That's a feeling that few people in life ever get. This is an awesome place to be and I am so honored."
Anna Willard, Heat 2 (2nd Place)
"I decided to lead from the gun. I felt strong. It felt easier than a tempo run."
"The crowd was going nuts -- I couldn't hear myself think -- I'm not used to that."
"I was nervous beforehand, but once I start moving, running, everything shakes out."