Feb. 7, 2002
You’ve finally reached your senior year. Are you excited about this upcoming season? Are you sad that it is your last? How does it feel to know you are about ready to graduate?
I have mixed feelings because I do want to go out with a bang in my events and with school, but I’m also kind of sad that this is my last year and I am never going to be around that team environment again. It’s just not going to be the same.
What’s the one thing you would like to accomplish this year?
To be an NCAA Champion in the individual events. Primarily the sprints like the 60m and the 100m or 200m.
What’s the best part about the University of South Carolina?
The best part is the fact that I have been able to make a lot of friends here. Also, I’ve got a chance to learn a lot about myself as I am far away from my home in New Jersey and my comfort zone.
What is the biggest difference between South Carolina and New Jersey?
The weather and people’s attitudes. It is less crowded here and more laid back.
What advice would you give to this year’s freshman track class or what advice would you give to high school track athletes that would like to run at the collegiate level?
Stay focused on your goals and try and figure out who are going to surround yourself as far as friends go. Be true to yourself and always believe in yourself. Know what you are able to do and know what you can do.
What is your most memorable track and field moment?
The Penn Relays when we won the 4×4 Relay both my sophomore and junior years. And the SEC Championships when we won the 4×1 Relay when we hosted last year.
Are you excited about running so close to home this weekend in New Jersey? Do you have any family or friends that are going to come up and watch you run?
I like going to compete at the Armory [in New York City]. A lot of my friends and family are up there and I used to compete there when I was in high school. It is a lot different now, they have made a lot of improvements to it. A lot of my family will be there and I am excited at the chance to see them because I get to see them about three times a year.
What do you like most about the coaches here at USC?
I like the fact that all the coaches want to see you happy, want to see you progress, and want to see you do good things. They try to get a feel of their athletes – not just on the track, but outside of track as well.
What would you like to do after graduation?
That’s a tough question. I don’t really know. I would like to run professional track. If that doesn’t work out, I would like to get a job in a marketing or promotions field somewhere.