Athlete of the Week Archive

Oct. 28, 2005


Tanice Barnett

What is your most fond memory as a member of the University of Wyoming Cross Country Team?
"My best memory would be our team's long runs in the mountains together. I think that it's fun, the nature of this place, and also our team dinners that we have. All of us come together as teammates and we can just relate to each other."

What are your plans after college?
"My plan is to go back home in the summer to our trials in June in Jamaica. I still want to continue my running after I finish here at UW."

What superstitions (if any) do you have?
"No, no superstitions."

Was it an easy transition from your hometown in Jamaica to Laramie?
"No. It was very rough. The weather, that's number one; that's my number one difference. To try and adapt from one culture to another culture was not easy either, along with the food. That's a big difference."

You began your career at Black Hills State University, what made you decide to transfer to Wyoming?
"I was looking at this school before I went there. I was just leaving high school so thought it would be good if I could go there for a year and then transfer here."

How important is your preparation for the up coming Mountain West Conference Championships?
"It's very important to me. It will be my last conference for cross country to get to represent UW, so it's a big deal to me. Not only that, but knowing that I will be able to represent my school, as well as my country, and just give it my best out there."

What is your favorite thing to do outside of running?
"Well, outside of running, I would say, going to church. That's my thing."

Last year, you were a NCAA qualifier, what was that experience like?
"Oh, it was a positive experience for sure. It was amazing. I thought, throughout my whole career here, that was one of my best times. It helped motivate me and let me realize what I have in me and what I can do and still do."

You run shorter distances in track; has it always been easy for you to make the adjustment from longer to shorter distances so quickly?
"It's not a big difference because the preparation I do over the summer, I do an hour every day, helps me to be stronger in cross country as well as being stronger towards track. So, it makes a big difference cutting back down from a longer distance to a shorter distance. It's awesome, I like it."