Speaking Of The NCAA Championships

March 8, 2012

Annie Alexander - Women's Shot Put
Port-of-Spain, Trinidad & Tobago/San Juan Secondary

(On her mindset entering the meet)
"This is national week. It's my last meet, indoors, as a senior at the University of Tennessee. I've been working hard all year and I'm just hoping to go to nationals, have the best meet that I can, compete to the best of my abilities and hopefully reap rewards at the end."

(On coming back from injury, surgery and redshirting outdoors in 2010 and indoors in 2011)
"It's a great feeling. I have worked really hard in the training room, on the track, and in the weight room. I think it's a big year for athletics, so I'm just going to go with the flow and hopefully my hard work pays off in the end."

Chase Brannon - Men's Pole Vault
Brentwood, Tenn./Brentwood Academy

(On making the meet via a last chance meet)
"It feels amazing. I've been flirting with the NCAA height all year, so to get in at the last chance meet, on the last attempt, it doesn't get any better than that. It put me tied for 14th. I feel like I'm hitting my goals faster than I'm expecting. I'm just trying to keep climbing and hit 18 feet this weekend. I want to get top eight and All-America honors, two of my biggest goals, so if I can get that this weekend that will be great."

Matthew Hoty - Men's Shot Put
Redshirt Freshman
Sandusky, Ohio/Perkins H.S.

(On qualifying for NCAAs after redshirting last season)
"It feels great. Last year was a really tough year. I had a lot of injuries and a lot of head-butting with coach (throws coach John Frazier). This year, things have been clicking, and it's just good to start hitting throws like I know I can. You always envision you can do something, but it's nice when it comes to actualization."

(On expectations for the meet)
"Just to go and compete. No one knows what everybody is going to throw. People have big marks coming in, but I want to go and say, `that guy hit a mark, so I'm going to go beat him.' I'm just competing. I don't have specific goals. It's track, so it's all about doing better than you've ever done before."

Chanelle Price - Women's 800 Meters/Distance Medley Relay
Easton, Pa./Easton Area H.S.

(On being an early automatic qualifier and not having to worry about being in the meet)
"An early auto mark just takes a lot of pressure off the rest of the season. That's your ticket to nationals, so the rest of the season you can focus on different strategies, and just play around with your event a little bit and do other events. It definitely felt good to auto early in the year."

(On her mindset going into her last NCAA Indoor meet)
"I just really want to have fun. Many times I put a lot of pressure on myself, and this is it, so really all I have to do is go out there and run. I think if I have that mindset and stayed relaxed, I will have the race that I want."

(On UT's penchant for NCAA and SEC success in the distance medley relay)
"It's definitely a special relay for Tennessee, and it seems we are always the underdog. We have four very strong legs, so I think if we can put it all together at this meet then people will be surprised. I kind of like being the underdog, so it will be fun."

Ellen Wortham - Women's 400 Meters/4x400m Relay/Distance Medley Relay
Maryville, Tenn./Maryville H.S.

( On going from 19th on the NCAA list to seventh-fastest qualifier in the 400 meters at a last chance meet)
"I've never really thought of myself as an open 400-meter runner, and to go out there my second time running an open 400 this indoor season and to be able to move from 19th to seventh place(on the national list) is just really exciting for me personally. I think our team was excited too.

"Not having to do the pentathlon this year and needing to go in and run a 400 requires a little bit different mindset. I am definitely ready to run and feel like I can do some damage."

( On her role with UT's 4x400m and/or distance medley relay teams this weekend)
"I have a lot of 400 options this weekend (chuckling). I am not exactly sure (which relay she will be running), but I am going to do what's best for the team. I am willing to go wherever they put me, as long as it's not the mile leg of the DMR (laughs again).

"They (coaches) are going to look at it and see what the dynamics are and see where the best opportunities are for us to score and at the same time try to save my legs for the open 400 and try to score in all three events without jeopardizing any of them. I think we'll do well. We have a good opportunity to score in all three and have several good options for the 400 legs."





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