2008 AT&T USA Indoor Track & Field Championships Athlete Quotes - Day 2

02-24-2008

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Men's Weight Throw winner, Kibwe Johnson

"This is my first Indoor Championship title, it feels great. It was a huge p.r. (personal record). (Going into the last throw) it's pretty common for me that I can muster one up, but I had no idea that it was that far. I was really happy, it was my last throw, a p.r. and now I'm done with Indoors (for this season).

Women's weight throw winner, Amber Campbell

"Both were great (winning two Indoor titles back-to back). I can't ever complain about a win. There were some great competitors and it went really well. Everybody brings their "A" game to Nationals."

Women's triple jump winner, Shakeema Welsch

"I've been out of the scene for a while, so this was a sweet way to come back and win my first individual championship. There were some great competitors in the event, but I feel like I had really great execution and came in with a great approach. I was able to do this off some good rest and recovery and being here is a great way for me to tune-up for Beijing. I am very happy to be back on the scene."

Women's 400m winner, Shareese Woods

"I always try to remain focused when I'm in races like this. Before heading into the championship I talked to my parents and they always tell me to ignore the hype, just treat the race like its practice. I think that laid back attitude helped me execute and allowed me to run a personal best."

Men's 800 Meters winner, Khadevis Robinson

"To be honest , I'm a little upset that everyone was sitting on me. I like to lead but off that pace I thought there might have been a little help. I had to dig from the heart today. My legs were shot on the last lap. I'm happy with the win and the fast time, but sometimes it hurts more to run from the lead. When I lead if someone is going to get by me they will have to hurt themselves trying."

Men's Shot Put winner, Christian Cantwell

"I'm going to be honest and say that I was very disappointed by my winning throw. I actually threw my best last week at a small meet in Missouri. I was coming in here thinking I could rip off the world record, but just couldn't get a good grip on the throw. The ball was too small and I know I do better with an outside-sized ball."

Women's 3,000 Meters Race Walk, Teresa Vaill

"The pace felt very comfortable. I was just trying to maintain contact and see what I had left. I raced at Millrose, but haven't done a whole lot of other racing this season. My legs felt good. I wasn't going for time today, I just wanted to win here in Boston."

Men's 400m winner, David Neville

"I think this was the most nervous I've ever been going into a race. But I had faith that I trained well and was very prepared for the competition. I came back from battling injury to do this, so I know always to remain faithful in God and myself. The overall feeling is great and I am so happy to have the ability to now continue to train for Beijing."

Women's 800m winner, Nicole Teter

"I haven't been competing indoor for awhile, so I'm first happy to be back. I was able to sit on the front-runners shoulders for awhile and then opened it up a little in the last 200. It felt really good to get ahead like that. I'm finally feeling 100% again, so this is just the start of me enjoying racing again and having fun."

Women's Pole Vault winner, Jenn Stuczynski

"I felt pretty nervous going into this meet. The expectations were a lot different and a very competitive field. It's always disappointing to not be able to break a record, but it's a huge accomplishment to win a championship and qualify for worlds."

Men's 60m hurdles winner, David Oliver

"I knew this was going to be a close race and you always have to remember to not be afraid of falling (over the hurdles). I felt good going into this after I had a strong first round. My warm-up was good and I had great instruction from my coach. As for the record, I feel like it's always impressive to represent the elite group of American."

Men's 1500 Meters winner, Rob Myers

"The game plan was to get out in front and stay out of trouble. I run best that way. It feels good to get a win under my belt. I've been running some fast time, but very few wins. I knew I was strong heading into the race. I've gotten in a lot of strength training and that has helped a great deal. That probably what I was lacking in the past. I haven't sacrificed any training in preparation for outdoors. So this win proved to be a good indicator of where I'm at."

Men's long jump winner, Trevell Quinley

"I think the weather and disruption in travel threw off the competition. Even though I won, I didn't feel I competed that well. I think that goes for many of the other jumpers. I've pretty much been training on my own rightg now. Once I get back from the worlds I'll hook back up with my coach. I was glad to get the win today. I took the lead on my 5th jump."

Men's 60m dash winner, Michael Rodgers

"This was my first U.S. finals race, so my nerves were killing me going into it. I had some great competitors in the race, but I knew that I needed to hold on to my top U.S. time and I did that. It's just so exciting to be here."

Women's 60m dash winner, Angela Williams

"I was blessed to have such a good start to this race. I felt the need to zoom right off the block. I had to be a top competitor and I proved that. I'm very pleases with myself after coming back from a lot of set-backs. I want running to be fun now, to just take it back to the basics. I was able to do that today. I'm back to where I need to be."

Women's 60m hurdles winner, Lolo Jones

"I felt really good going into the race. I felt that it was a sloppy race overall, but I was still able to pull ahead and win out. I knew what I needed to do and just kept on with my speed at the end of the race. There was a lot of focus on technique instead of time, because as a runner you shouldn't focus on the time."