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Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics

2013 Outdoor Heps Q&A: Head Coach Willy Wood

Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics
          Release: 05/02/2013
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Q: With Heps coming up this weekend, how do you feel about the team's position to perform well? What are some of your expectations going in?

WE FEEL THAT WE ARE READY. FOR THE MOST PART, WE ARE HEALTHY, FIT AND READY TO COMPETE AT A VERY HIGH LEVEL. WE HAVE BEEN LOOKING TOWARD THIS MEET FOR THE PAST SIX WEEKS AND ARE VERY EXCITED TO GET THE CHAMPIONSHIP PART OF THE SEASON STARTED.

Q: Whose performance(s), on the men and women's side, have really stood out to you this year?

NADIA EKE AND WAVERLY NEER BOTH RANK AMONG THE NATION’S BEST IN THEIR EVENTS. WITH THAT SAID, WE HAVE MANY WOMEN CAPABLE OF NOT ONLY SCORING BUT ALSO WINNING IVY LEAGUE TITLES.

ON THE MENS SIDE – MIKE MURPHY, HARRY MCFANN, and JOHNNY GREGOREK ENTER THE MEET AS NUMBER ONE SEEDS.

Q: Who do you feel stands to make the biggest statement at Heps this weekend?

SHARAY HALE. SHE IS ALMOST ENTIRELY BACK AND READY FOR A HUGE BREAKTHROUGH.

Q: There is a lot of young talent on the team this season, what has impressed you about some of the first-year’s performances?

WE HAVE A TRIO OF WOMEN WHO WE WILL BE RELYING ON TO SCORE BIG POINTS FOR US. JAYCEE PARKER, IRIS CHIKOJE AND ADDY SONAIKE ARE ALL POISED TO SCORE BIG POINTS IN THEIR OPEN EVENTS. WE WILL ALSO ADD ASHLEY CUNNINGHAM AND OLIVIA SADLER TO OUR RELAYS AND LOOK TO BENEFIT GREATLY FROM THEM.

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