Athlete Quotes - Women's 800m Semifinal
Alice Schmidt, Heat 1 (winner)
"I heard people go down and I heard the crowd go oh, but I was luckily out of the mess. It was kind of weird running alone, being a spectator on the Jumbotron. I was kind of like what happened back there? Should I be concerned? Do I need to back off? Is this an advantage? But then you just need to make sure you are in the top four and going to the next round. A lot was entering my mind after I heard that, like people are going to appeal and this is going to be a huge final. A waterfall and that didn't go so well last time."
Maggie Vessey, Heat 1 (2nd place)
"At that point you just had to react. It was a surprise and I just had to process it and keep going. You try to go out there and run your own race anyway, and when something like this happens it's a good thing you are."
Nikeya Green, Heat 1 (3rd place)
"All I remember is getting grabbed by someone, and very physical. It wasn't my fault, but someone fell and it was just a very physical race. I had to stay focused on what I was doing."
Nicole Teter, Heat 1
"I just couldn't get it back together after falling. I really don't know what happened, but I think somebody pushed me and I couldn't hurdle the girl on the ground. I'm just going to have to regroup and come back for the 1500."
"It happens, but this is devastating. We signed up for both the 800 and 1500 and at that time it was kind of a fall back, but now it seems like a blessing in disguise."
Kameisha Bennett, Heat 1
On the first lap collision: "I was elbowed on the inside, which pushed be into someone else."
(Will there be a protest filed?): "I don't know. I have to talk to my coach."
Becky Horn, Heat 1
"We just got too bunched up. Schmidt got in first and slowed it down; we just got too bunched up. Girls were throwing elbows, trying to get to the outside. It was way too crowded."
Morgan Uceny, Heat 2 (winner)
"It felt pretty good. I was a little tired before the race. When I run the 800, I feel pain for about 700 meters, so I just have to push through."
Did the crash of the first heat weigh on her mind? "Not at all. That's just a fact of the race that's out of your control. I just have worry about my own race."
Laura Roesler, Heat 2 (10th grader)
"The heat was pretty tough but you have to run through it. My legs were tired from yesterday."
"My main goal was to make it to the semifinals so I achieved that. Everything else was just a bonus for me."
"I haven't had a lot of practice at meets like this. At state, I had some practice, but it was pretty different. There is definitely a lot more competition here. It takes a lot more work."
"I just wanted to stay with them and finish."