Here, we workout inside and have an indoor track we can do workouts on when it’s cold. I feel like I didn’t take practice that seriously in high school, but here I try my hardest. Q: What do you enjoy most about being a criminal justice major? A: Being able to help people. I want to work with children a lot. I feel like children are hurt the most in criminal cases so a goal of mine is to work with them. Q: What do you like the most about Quinnipiac as a university? A: I really like that it’s small. A lot of the classes I take are only 50 minutes which is nice. The campus is really pretty and everyone is super nice and outgoing. Wherever you are or whatever you are doing, there is always someone to help you.
Q&A Shameal Samuels
Shameal Samuels BY DYLAN FEARON
omen’s track and field sophomore Shameal Samuels was crowned the New England champion in both the 400-meter dash and the 4X400 meter dash. She also finished sixth in the 400-meter dash at the ECAC Championship in Boston and became the first Quinnipiac 400-meter runner to race in the ECAC Finals. The Hartford, Conn. native currently owns four school records. Samuels discusses her goals for the rest of career at Quinnipiac, as well as her plans for after college. Nationals? The Olympics? Shameal Samuels tells it all. Q: When did you start running track? A: Sophomore year of high school I started running track, mostly because my coach told me to since I ran cross-country in the fall. April 23, 2014
Q: What has been your favorite moment or part of running track at QU? A: My favorite moment was definitely when out 4X400 relay team won the New England Championship earlier this year. That was my biggest moment in my entire career
Q: How do you balance school and track? A: If I know I have something due, I make sure I do it before practice so I don’t have to think about it during practice or have to worry about something afterwards. Time management is really key. Q: How do your parents feel about all the milestones you accomplished? A: They are very, very proud of me, and they hope that I can go even farther and achieve even more.
Q: What goals do you have for the outdoor season? A: For the team, I want us to be Top 5 in the MAAC, and “By the time I for myself, I want to run a faster 400 meter time than graduate, I want I did in the indoor season. to be running in My best time in indoor was a 54.38, and I really want the Olympics and to run faster than that this competing for the season.
Q: What goals do you have before you graduate from Quinnipiac? A: By the time I graduate, I want to be running in the Olympics and competing for the country. That has been my goal for a while and with enough hard work I think I can do it. That’s what motivates me to keep getting better.
Q: Do you have a pre-meet -SHAMEAL SAMUELS ritual? A: Not really. The only thing I really do is eat fruit snacks before a meet because I think it gives Q: Are you in any clubs? me energy. A: I have gone to BSU, or Black Student Union a few times, but track and schoolwork take up so Q: What is your favorite part about going to much time that I am limited [in] the amount of practice? other things I can be a part of. A: My teammates get me going. They are a lot of fun to hang out with and work harder with. They Q: Where do you want to work when you are are great teammates. older? A: Once I am done running, Florida would be Q: What is the difference between running track my ideal location. But hopefully after QU I am in high school and college? still running and competing and am part of the A: In high school, I would always run outside. Olympic team. theqbsn.com
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