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Talking Track with Debbie Ajagbe

CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Talking Track is a series that features current members of the Miami track and field program, while taking a deeper look into what makes their time at the U special.  
In this week’s edition, we get to hear from sophomore Debbie Ajagbe who is heading into her second NCAA East Prelims appearance. 

Q: Which season do you prefer, indoor or outdoor and why? 
A: Outdoor season because I get to throw the hammer and the discus. 
Q: What’s your favorite event to compete in?
A: Hammer is my favorite event to compete in because it’s new for me, so it’s nice to just relax and have fun with it. 
Q: What is your favorite memory of being a Cane so far? 
A: My favorite memory so far is any memory with the throws squad, whether we are at practice or at meets. 
Q: What has been your favorite track to compete at? 
A: My favorite track to compete at would be Texas Tech’s indoor facility. 
Q: Do you have any pre-meet rituals?
A: I sleep in a shirt I got from Iceland as a pre-meet ritual and if I’m really anxious, I meditate. 
Q: If you weren’t running track, what sport would you be doing?
A:  I would play volleyball. 
Q: Who do you look up to?
A: I look up to Serena Williams. She is a powerhouse and her resilience is incomparable. 
Q: What are your goals this weekend at East Prelims?
A: I want to make it to Nationals! 
Q: What motivates you to keep going?
 A: My teammates motivate me to keep getting better as well as the people close to me in life. 
Q: What’s your favorite thing about Coach Young? 
A: Coach Young and I are very similar when it comes to humor, so it’s great to have a coach who you can constantly laugh with. 

Q: How does it feel to make it to your second-straight NCAA East Prelims? 
A: It feels great to be back at regionals. Now, I just want to get back to Nationals. 

Q: What does it mean to you to have such a close throws group? 
A: It’s just so much fun and motivating to be able to walk on to different tracks with the throws squad. I know they have my back and will support me no matter how matter meets end up shaking out.