Athlete of the Week Archive

April 17, 2009

LARAMIE, Wyo. -



Jennifer Schmitz


If you had to be in a three-legged race with one of your teammates, who would you choose?
"Shaylee Babbitt--hurdlers do it best!"

Have you even hit the hurdles and fallen before?
"I've hit hurdles, but I've been fortunate enough to have not fallen. Knock on wood."

What was your most memorable race?
"Last year at our home track meet. My whole family was there to watch and I ran my personal best."

When did you start running hurdles?
"Nine years ago. I was in the 7th grade."

Are there any other events that you would like to run in your future career?
"Yes. I was originally going to be a multi-eventer this year, but my shins couldn't take all the pounding. I would have been doing the javelin, shot put, high jump, long jump, 100 meter hurdles, 200 m dash, and the 800."

You are an Academic All-Conference student-athlete...how do you juggle school and track?
"I bring my books with me to every away meet. I may not always get to my homework, but I usually try to catch up when I'm hanging out in the hotel rooms."

Do you have a pre-race routine that you follow before your hurdle events?
"Yes. Embarrassingly enough I have to fix my hair and makeup just right. If I don't do it I feel nasty and then I won't race well. Other than that I just pretty much follow my warm up."

What is one of the funniest moments from this past outdoor track season?
"Probably our bus driver getting lost at the conference meet on the way to the big team banquet. We showed up so late that there wasn't any food left for us. I guess it wasn't that funny actually."

What was the last concert you went to?
"Taylor Swift and Rascal Flatts at Cheyenne Frontier days!"

What's hanging on the walls of your bedroom?
"I have a big decorative clock, a picture frame and a plaque that says faith on it."

With summer quickly approaching, what is one thing you enjoy doing that you cannot do during the winter?
"Water skiing!!! And of course tubing."

What is one thing you think could be added to the hurdle event to make it more entertaining?
"One thing that I would add would maybe be ice cream at the end of the race or something. I definitely wouldn't want to make the race any harder than it already is."

What is one thing you look forward to when you go on road trips?
"Getting away from Laramie! Even if it's only for a day or two it's still nice just to get out of town."