Sitting Down With the Muskies
Nov. 30, 2009
CINCINNATI- This is the first edition of the Sitting Down With the Muskies feature for track and field. With the season starting this weekend, sophomores Brittani Peltz and Nick Williams sat down with goxavier.com to share their thoughts about track, Xavier and their experiences.
Wadsworth, Ohio native Brittani Peltz did not disappoint last season in her rookie campaign. Peltz posted the fastest 200m and 400m races of the season with times of 26.37 and 56.30 respectively. She was also a part of the 4x400m relay team that posted the fastest time of the season at the Atlantic 10 Outdoor Championships with a time of 4:03.90.
Why did you choose track out of all the other sports out there?
I tried every other sport and was not good at any of them. When I first started out in track I wasn’t the best, but I worked my butt off and it has paid off.
What is your favorite track event to run?
I love the 400m because it’s a good mix between speed and stamina. Also, the last 100m are really where the race is determined and I love that rush at the end of finishing.
Why did you choose Xavier?
I was really comfortable here as soon as I walked on campus; I knew this was the school for me. I also felt comfortable with the coach and team.
Do you have a favorite memory at Xavier?
Honestly, I love every meet I get to participate in with my roommate Grace [Venzor]. It’s great being able to share the experiences.
How do you like living with your teammates?
It’s great. It helps me get up for lifting when I know someone else has to go too. It is also easier to stay on a schedule when you are both doing the same things.
Looking forward to this weekend’s Oiler Invitational, are you nervous?
I’m usually pretty laid back at the beginning of the week but by the end of the week I’ll be a nervous wreck.
Do you have any goals for this season?
I want to break my personal records and push the team to continue to improve in our relays.
What do you like most about doing relays?
I really enjoy the team chemistry that develops because we feed off of each other. If one of us is having a bad leg the rest of the team has to step it up and at the end we feel great because we finished it together.
What is the best part about being a Xavier student-athlete?
Besides being able to pick our classes early, I love how close-knit of a group the athletes are. You have an automatic group of friends by being an athlete.
What is the hardest part about being a student-athlete?
Juggling everything. You have to consider practice, homework and social activities and make sure you give enough time to each thing.
Do you have any pre-race rituals?
I always eat some Wheeties.
What is your pump up song?
“Collapse” by Eminem.
Catcher in the Rye.
Anything with carbohydrates.
Nick Williams, a Cincinnati native, also a great freshman campaign specializing in the sprints. Williams had team best times for the 2008-09 season in the 60m (7.28), 100m (11.13), 200m (22.10) and 400m (49.23). Additionally, the 4x100m relay team he anchored had their fastest time at the Atlantic 10 Outdoor Championships with a time of 42.84.
Why did you choose to run track?
Well, you have to run in pretty much every other sport but with track it is about the basics: who can run faster and I enjoy that.
What is your favorite event?
I like the 400m because it’s a race that has the best of everything.
What are your goals for this season?
Every season you want to come back and be stronger than you were the last, so I definitely want to start off strong and continue to improve. Also, it will be good to race other sprinters that I am familiar with to see how hard they were training during the off season.
Why did you choose Xavier?
I definitely wanted to say close, but I wanted to get a good degree. As for as with track, Xavier is small enough where you can become the best but a big enough school where you compete against great sprinters.
How do you manage to run so many races at one meet?
We prepare at every practice with recovery so that come meet day that transition is not hard to make.
What are the perks of being a Xavier student-athlete?
We have priority when it comes to registering for classes and housing. We also get to have our name on a book bag.
Any pre-race rituals?
I always get into the warm tub before a race. Also, I have a bowl of Cookie Crisps. I like to listen to music too before I get on the track.
Favorite sport other than track?
I like to watch curling. I’m really excited for the Winter Olympics.
Stay tuned to goxavier.com to see how Brittani, Nick and the rest of the Muskies do at this weekend’s Oiler Invitational.