Running with Virgil Hodge

Aug. 9, 2007 recently sat down with TCU sprinter Virgil Hodge as she prepares for the IAAF World Championships in Osaka Japan, later this month.

Hodge, the only female in school history with at least five All-America certificates, won the Female High-Point Award after winning both the 60 and 200 meters at the Mountain West Conference Indoor Championships last winter. She closed out 2007 earning two All-America honors in the 200 meters and as a member of the 4x100 relay team at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.

This summer, Hodge, a native of St. Kitts, ran 22.73 in the finals of the 200 meters to place first overall at the North, Central American and Caribbean Championships. She later posted a fourth-place finish in the 200-meter finals at the Pan American Games in Brazil.

The IAAF World Championships in Osaka, Japan, will begin on Aug. 25. What has it been like to compete for St. Kitts during the summer?
Virgil Hodge: Competing for St. Kitts is always a good opportunity for me to compete on the world circuit and against world class athletes. It gives me a great opportunity to showcase my talents. I have been competing for St. Kitts since I was little, so this is just another year of competition.

GF: What have you learned by competing against some of the best in the world this summer?
VH: I don't look at it as competing against world class athletes, but as an opportunity for me to learn how to be the best and know what I train for.

GF: What has your summer been like?
VH: It's been crazy. I went and trained a little bit before going to the NACAC Championships in El Salvador. It was definitely a different environment and the heat was very hot. I then ran everyday at the Pan American Games, so I was really tired. I am back at TCU training now and trying to get my legs back before I head to the World Championships in Japan later this month.

GF: What does it mean to you to be the only female track athlete in TCU history to be a five-time All-America selection?
VH: That is a great accomplishment since I come from a small island in St. Kitts. I definitely look forward to more All-America honors. I want to be able to look back at my career at TCU and know that I have done something great for my school and for my family.

GF: What do you want to do after college?
VH: I want to go into the airline business after I am done with my professional career. I have had experience working with American Airlines in St. Kitts and I would like to continue that.

GF: What do you like to do when you are not competing on the track?
VH: I actually like to sing low songs and gospel music. When I go back home I sing on the radio and at church.



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