Day 2 Team USA Quotes - August 26, 2007


Jill Geer
Director of Communications
USA Track & Field

Day 2 Team USA Quotes - August 26, 2007

20 km Race Walk

Kevin Eastler (Aurora, Colo.): It was fair for the conditions, considering that I am supposed to do 50K in six days. I'm happy with my race. That 50K is going to be brutal. I'm going to rest and see how I recover. I didn't hold too much back in this race. I was a little conservative at the start which was my plan. I knew the conditions would be brutal.

Tim Seaman (Chula Vista, Calif.): For me it was pretty hard. I've been struggling ever since after Athens. Maybe something happened over there. I've been struggling in the heat every single race. I need to get more focused. I'm doing too many things besides training. I have my own business.

Men's 3000 meter steeplechase

Tom Brooks (Eugene, Ore.): The guy in front of me tripped over the barrier and hit his face on the track, and I was right behind him. I had to do a gymnastics move, and planted on the barrier. No excuses, but it just wasn't in the cards for me today. Motivation and experience are the two things I take home to Eugene from this. I need to take the positive experiences from this meet and move forward.

Joshua McAdams (Provo, Utah): I had third going into the last barrier, but I either clipped the last barrier or got bumped. I thought I was hit by somebody. I had a good kick, but I hit the last barrier.

Aaron Aguayo (Phoenix, Ariz.): I came into this meet pretty prepared. My race was a race of attrition, especially with the conditions and the competition. I did what I could, so I can't be too mad at myself.

Men's Discus

Ian Waltz (Chula Vista, Calif.): I had a good warmup, then I started pressing a little bit. We'll see if I make it to the final. I should make top twelve. I felt like I was too fast, too explosive during the competition. I'm not happy with the way I threw, and we'll go from there.

Michael Robertson (Beebe, Ark.): It was good fun. I didn't throw very well, but it's an experience. I was happy. I felt good overall. It was a long season. Just what I wanted to have happen didn't happen. It's an experience. It's a big step up. I felt good out there. I wasn't too nervous. I felt like I could do some things, but it wasn't coming together.

Jarred Rome (Chula Vista, Calif.): "At the warm-up track, I was throwing really far. It's probably the best I've felt in a couple of months. I got out here, and I just deflated. I'm not sure if it was the heat. When I threw the disc was just going straight up in the air.

Women's shot put

Jillian Camarena (Tucson, Ariz.): It wasn't very good. I just didn't have a good day. I had a lot of injuries this year that I've been battling that I've never had before. The last couple of days I've been laid up. I tried my best out there, but unfortunately it didn't work.

Kristin Heaston (Auburn, Ala.): I'm disappointed. I'm not sure what happened between the warm-ups and final. I had great warm-ups but didn't carry it over for the final. I felt like I was in great shape going into the competition. Usually I do too much heading into a major championship, but this time I think I did too little. My throw at nationals would have gotten me into any international final. I just need to learn to do here what I do at nationals.

Sarah Stevens (Tempe, Ariz.): This is my first world championships, so it's a change for me. There's a lot of excitement and it's fun to see a lot of girls to throw really well. I could have thrown a little bit better. I was hoping to come in and compete with some girls. I was hoping to finish as high as I was ranked, or a little bit higher. I think I did that. I'm happy with my performance. For what I have been training, I think I threw really well today.

Women's 400m

Mary Wineberg (Cincinnati, Ohio): I made it to the next round. I just tried to make it an easy race for myself. I felt a little tired, but I'm ready.

Dee Dee Trotter (Knoxville, Tenn.): It was an interesting race. I'm new to this track, so it was good to go around the track to learn the markings and get a feel for it. I wanted to see how easy I could take it. By 150 (meters) I knew I would have to move. If they'd let me run 53 in the first round, I'd do it. They made me run a little harder, though.

Natasha Hastings (Columbia, S.C.): It was a good race. I got out well. I wanted to set up a nice rhythm and make it back to tomorrow. It was tough (to run in the heat) but it's something you try not to think about. You just go out there and execute. I could have loosened up a bit better. I ran too tight. But I live another day.

Women's 100 meters

Torri Edwards (Corona, Calif.): I didn't want to run that fast, but she pushed me a little bit. It was pretty easy. I'm going to go back and rest and get ready for tonight. I feel pretty confident. I've been preparing all season long and I'm in good shape, I feel good. I feel confident I can take this thing.

Lauryn Williams (Miami, Fla.): I think it was a very good first round. I felt relaxed out there, smooth, and I'm looking forward to the next one.

Carmelita Jeter (Long Beach, Calif.): I felt good, it's the first round. I just wanted to position myself where I could see the field. I'm happy with it.

Mechelle Lewis (Raleigh, N.C.): I just wanted to get through. I'm going to step into the opportunity and perform well. I'm prepared for it, and I prepared all summer. Now I'm ready for the next round.