Freshman Nicole Greenberg placed fourth in the 100-meter dash during the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference multi-dual number three.
1) How old were you when you first got involved in track and field and why did you start?
I started track and field when I was 13 because everyone told me that I was very fast on the soccer field, so I joined the team and have fallen in love with the sport more each time I compete.
2) What other sports did you play growing up?
I played soccer for a majority of my childhood, and also a few years of gymnastics and soft- ball, but soon found that those were too slow or I was just burnt out.
3) What motivates you to play your hardest?
I think what motivates me to do my hardest is myself and my team- mates. I want to be the best I can be and run PRs (personal records) to show myself that I truly can reach my goals. Also, there are some girls on the team who are very competitive and push me every day in practice and in meets to run faster and become stronger.
4) Do you have any pre-race rituals?
I don’t really have any pre-race rituals. However, I talk with my teammates during warm ups to get my mind off of the stress before a race. The day before a race, I make sure to have a bowl of pasta or some carbohydrate to give me energy to compete.
5) What is your favorite aspect of track and field?
My favorite aspect of track and field is the fact that it is as much of a team sport as it is an individual sport. I run with a team, especially in the relays, but as an individual I am my biggest competitor and have the ability to do well for myself and know that I am close to a personal record. I also love the rush of adrenaline while in the blocks, anticipating the gun to go off at any second.
6) What is your favorite part of being a member of track and field at Chapman?
My favorite part about being a member of track and field at Chapman is my team. I never thought that I would become so close to some of my teammates and being around them alleviates some of the stress from classes and exams. Being with them at practice ev- eryday and at meets for over five hours is so much fun and it builds our friendship even more.
7) Do you have a favorite moment or memory from being on the Chapman track and field team?
My favorite moment from being on the track and field team at Chapman would be my first race as a collegiate athlete. I was very nervous to race against my own teammates, let alone those from other schools, and when I laced up my shoes and stepped on the track, I knew that I was in for a great four years.
8) What is the most challenging part of track and field?
The most challenging part of track and field is mastering the proper form and mechanics needed in a race. Adjusting these problems is the key to running PRs and doing better each meet. For me, I focus on my block start and driving through the ground in order to explode out of the blocks. However, it is also important in longer races to maintain proper form, especially toward the end of the race when my legs become tired and I don’t have a
lot of energy left. I try to make sure my legs don’t kick back, my head stays straight and my arms keep the full range of motion to get me across the finish line.