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2009 Big 12 Indoor Track & Field Championship Quotes
February 27, 2009

2009 Indoor Track & Field Championships
College Station, Texas
Individual Champion Quotes
Feb. 27, 2009

Lillian Badaru, Texas Tech
Women’s 5,000-Meter Run
“I am so happy to win. I was hoping and praying to run a good time for nationals, and 16:16 is a personal best for me. I am working hard every day, and I am just really happy with my time and winning.”

Jonisha Boleware, Texas Tech
Women’s Distance Medley Relay
“I just felt good running with a bunch of All-Americans and all-conference runners. I just felt privileged."

Asia Diaz, Texas Tech
Women’s Distance Medley Relay
“We are just happy we won today because we knew we could get 10 points for the team and wanted to run for the team.”

Nicholas Gordon, Nebraska
Men’s Long Jump
“I feel great right now. I came into the meet wanting a win and came out the champion. I am looking forward to nationals and my goal is to jump 27 feet. I missed it just by about an inch today.”

Loren Groves, Kansas State
Women’s Weight Throw
“Words can’t even describe the feeling I have being a three-time champion. I came into this meet just trying to do my best. The support from my teammates has been wonderful. I have some things I need to work on before nationals but I am looking forward to it and will be ready to go, hopefully walking away with a win.”

Gladys Kipsang, Texas Tech
Women’s Distance Medley Relay
“I am happy, and we ran strong. I am very happy for the win and the team.”

Sally Kipyego, Texas Tech
Women’s Distance Medley Relay
"I am super excited. I wasn’t even planning on running the DMR and it worked perfect. It is my last Big 12 Championships, and I wanted to do it for the school. Being able to run with these ladies was amazing. It is a blessing to be able to run with these girls, and we did it for the team today.”

John Kosgei, Oklahoma State
Men’s 5,000-Meter Run
“I was anticipating today’s race as I was going for a win. The momentum from this win will help me remain excited and confident going into nationals. I am expecting good things to come.”

Ti’Anca Mock, Oklahoma
Women’s Long Jump
“I was in second place going into the last round. I gave it everything I could going down that runway. I came into this meet with the mentality of being the champion. I knew I could do it. I didn’t meet my goal of jumping 6.62, but I know Ill get it when I come back for nationals.”

Chris Rohr, Missouri
Men’s Weight Throw
“I knew since I was leading the Big 12 and the nation, I was going to have to come out with a big throw. Obviously, I did that, as my first throw was my winning throw. I’m looking forward to nationals. I like being here; I’m used to the ring. Now all I have to do is show up in nationals to get on the podium.”

Jordan Scott, Kansas
Men’s Pole Vault
“It feels great to come here and keep my streak alive. This is my third indoor championship so it’s good to know that I keep getting better. I am really looking forward to nationals; I want to reach that next level, so I am going to get it.”

Megan Wheatley, Nebraska
Women’s Pentathlon
“This feels really good. It is a relief because of our travel schedule. We were really tired, I had a headache, and I’m just glad I could come out and finish well. I was able to come out and finish strong in the 800.

“We are really lucky to have Big 12 Championships here and then be able to come back in two weeks for nationals on the same track. It should be an advantage because we are familiar with the track. I really love it out there. When somebody claps, it’s like ten times louder and I love being out there.”

Natalie Willer, Nebraska
Women’s Pole Vault
“This feels awesome. I am very happy with what I did today. I have been working all season for this. This is the one meet you want to come in and do well at. I knew I was in a position to win this, so I came, executed and got the jumps. Nationals are going to be a tight competition, but I am looking forward to it. It is all going to come down to who is better on that day.”

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