CORAL GABLES, Fla. - The University of Miami track and field teams are hard at work preparing for their upcoming season. Each week, HurricaneSports.com will introduce you to members of the cross country and track and field programs.
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Continuing on the "Going the Distance" series, let us find out more about sophomore Amber Monroe...
Hometown: Miami, Fla.
High School: Northwestern
Major: Sport Administration
Why did you decide to attend the University of Miami?
I decided to attend University of Miami for a few reasons. First of which I didn't want to be to far from home, family is important to me. I also wanted to compete at a high level both in the classroom and on the track. With that said, I knew that University of Miami was the best school in Florida and would allow me to achieve my goals. Not to mention that I had much confident that the coaches could help me reach my ultimate dream of competing in the Olympics.
What was the best aspect of being part of University of Miami's track & field team?
The best aspect of being apart of the team is being apart of a team that is more than a team, but more like a family. Being apart of that family provides support and healthy competition. I don't know what I would have done without my teammates last year. They encouraged me, pushed me and never allowed me to settle for average.
You have accomplished quite a bit while at Miami. What do you feel is your biggest accomplishment throughout your collegiate career?
I feel like my biggest accomplishment was throwing 51 meters in the discus, winning Penn relays and qualifying for nationals as a freshman. I had a great first season, and I owe it all to my awesome coaches and my supporting teammates and family.
What are some of your goals for this upcoming season?
My goal for the upcoming season is to break the school discus record and become an All American. I would also like to score as many points as I can at conference to help out my team, and encourage my teammates to compete to the best of their ability.
Have you ever played any other sports?
Yes, I played volleyball in high school. I was a middle blocker. Volleyball is how I got interested in sports and I still enjoy playing it today.
What is/are the biggest difference between competing at high school and the collegiate level?
The biggest difference between competing at high school and the collegiate level is in college you get to travel to different states and universities which is really fun, its a higher level of competition and in college they have weight and hammer.
Originally being from Miami, was it difficult staying in South Florida for school?
Not at all, I like being close to home. It's a great feeling knowing that if I need something my family is only a short car ride away. And plus I'm a huge daddies girl, so I don't know what I would do if I was too far away from my daddy.
What did you do, both individually and as a team, to prepare right before a meet?
Before a meet I talk to my coach, to make sure I know everything she wants me to focus on. Then I listen to music and make sure I'm focused and ready to compete.
Who has had the biggest influence on your career?
Coach Carmen Jackson and my father had the biggest influence on my career. They're constantly checking on me, making sure I'm doing what I'm supposing to. In high school Coach Carmen taught me to work hard and always strive for greatness. This is something I will always do, no matter what it is. My father always made sure that I had the tool that I needed to be great, and made sure I used them.
What do you do away from throwing and studying to relax?
When I'm not THROWING and studying, I enjoy watching TV, shopping, and sleeping.