Off the Track with Carlene Mayfield

Sept. 26, 2006 recently checked in with freshman runner Carlene Mayfield. Mayfield, a native of Keller, Texas, is a member of the track and cross country teams. How is it running cross country for coach Eric Heins?
Carlene Mayfield: It is great. I love the workouts that coach Heins gives us, and the intensity he brings everyday to practice. He passes his intensity on to us and the team truly follows his leadership and direction. He has been a great coach.

GF: What are your goals for the rest of the season?
CM: I've been running with senior Calandra Stewart, so I want to continue to improve everyday and keep pace with her. She is the type of person I try to emulate as a runner. She constantly pushes me and I want to get to her level as a runner.

GF: There is are five freshman on the women's cross country roster, how nice is it to have a lot of teammates that are in your same situation?
CM: It is really exciting. I feel it is great to have all of these young runners because it provides the program with a burst of fresh blood. It is really fun and I feel like we are at the crest of a new wave.

GF: Outside of practice, competition and school, what are some hobbies you enjoy?
CM: I love yoga and pilates. I also really enjoy cooking. I bake for the team a lot and my teammates call me the team mom sometimes.

GF: What is your major?
CM: Right now I am on the premed track. I will end up majoring in a science, but I haven't decided between biology or chemistry.

GF: What would you like to do after college?
CM: I would love to train for the Olympics. I would probably train for the 5K, 10K or marathon, but I don't know which event is my strongest yet. I would also like to run semi-pro, so I could get sponsorships to help pay for med school. I basically want to use running to delay getting a real job for as long as I can.

GF: Did you do anything interesting this summer?
CM: My brother is in Iraq right now and over the summer, I visited him at his military base in Salt Lake City, Utah, before he left. I spent a week with him and it was a really good experience. My family also lives by a lake, so I spent a lot of time in the kayak I bought two summers ago.

GF: Why did you choose to attend TCU?
CM: I always knew I wanted to go to a small, private Christian college and the lure of TCU's track program made TCU a good fit. I loved the atmosphere of the team and coaching staff. The coaches wanted to have a successful program, but they also wanted everyone to be well-rounded individuals and good people. I believe TCU will allow me to become the best person I can become.



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