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Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics

Q&A: Harrison McFann & Nadia Eke

Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics
          Release: 01/21/2014
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NADIA EKE

Columbia has dominated the Ivy League in the women’s triple jump over the years and you have been a big contributor the last few seasons. What’s it like being apart of it and what does it mean to keep it going?

"Although it can be comforting to know that we have dominated the jumps over the years, there is always the pressure to improve and come back even stronger. The biggest part for us this year is not only to continue the tradition but to also elevate the jumps program to a higher platform; beyond the Ivy League."

How confident do you feel about your preparation so far heading into the start of the season?

"I have personally never felt this physically ready to compete in my career. After my ups and downs with injuries last year, it is a blessing to see my strength, endurance and technique improve significantly. Overall, I am confident that the training program that [Reuben Jones] has put together this year is more than enough to bring some amazing performances."

Name a few personal goals that you may have for this season?

" My goals for this season are to stay healthy, to win another team title and place at the Indoor NCAA Championships."

You opened the season with a tri-meet against Dartmouth & Yale before jumping into a number of Invitational’s and Classics. Is there any different approach or feeling when you go up against you're Ivy League foes?

"Over the years I have learned that it is best treat every competition as equally important, therefore my mindset in this season opener is no different than what it would be at an NCAA championship meet. The goal is to attack every jump and make it count."

A number of races and meets will be held at the New York Armory this season. What’s so special about getting a chance to compete at the Armory?

"The special thing about competing in the Armory is the fact that we practice there and it has become familiar to us. This familiarity with the runway and track can serve as a big confidence booster in competition."

What are you looking forward to the most this season?

"I am looking forward to a healthy season and seeing some big performances from our underclassmen as well."

 

HARRISON MCFANN

You put together a solid 2013 indoor season in the 800m and 4x800m relays earning two second team All-Ivy League selections, what did that mean for you last year?

"The year prior we won the 4x800 and I was hoping to not only repeat that title but also win the open 800.  The plan is to use my experience from last year to improve my racing this season and improve on my performances."

As one of the senior leaders this year, how have you approached this upcoming indoor season compared to the previous years?

"I'm definitely more aware of the team mentality as a whole. I feel responsible for making sure everyone has a positive attitude and approaches practice with the appropriate mindset each day."

What are some of the team goals for this Indoor season?

"As a team we always just try to better ourselves from the season before and keep trying to win as many races as possible."

Name a few personal goals that you have this season?

"I would like to run new indoor best times in the mile and the 800 as well as win the 4x800 and open 800 at Heps."

A number of races and meets will be held at the New York Armory this season. What’s so special about getting a chance to compete at the Armory?

"Since we practice there during the winter we have a great sense of comfort with the track.  It helps having the sort of “home field” feeling where we have a crowd cheering us on.  It actually does make a difference, mentally."

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