CORAL GABLES, Fla. - The University of Miami track and field teams have been hard at work and begin the indoor season at Kentucky this weekend. Each week, HurricaneSports.com has introduced you to members of the cross country and track and field programs.
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Continuing on the "Going the Distance" series, find out about sophomore middle distance runner Taneisha Cordell...
Hometown: Columbus, Ohio
High School: New Albany
Major: Broadcast Journalism/Public Relations
Why did you decide to attend the University of Miami?
I chose the University of Miami because it was the one school that fit me best, both academically and athletically.
What is the best aspect of being part of Miami's track teams?
The fact that the team is small gives everyone the opportunity to make an immediate impact. Everyone's talents and strengths are showcased throughout the season, which I love because you don't see that at a lot of other schools. It also guarantees a lot of attention and criticism from the coaches on and off of the track.
You have accomplished quite a bit while at Miami. What do you feel is your biggest accomplishment throughout your collegiate career?
My biggest accomplishment would be me strengthening my mentality when it comes to getting through workouts and competing. I have grown a lot in that aspect, which I am very excited about.
Who has had the biggest influence on your career?
My mom and AAU coach, Robert Talley. Without these two I would have never made it to where I am now. My mom was the one who introduced me to the sport (I hated at first), and continues to push me to do my very best no matter what. She's my biggest fan and motivator. Coach Talley was the one who saw my potential, brought out my confidence and trained me to be great at a very young age.
What are some of your goals for the season?
My goals for this upcoming season are to compete with confidence, continue to grow mentally and to PR of course.
Have you ever played any other sports?
Basketball was the first sport I every played. I played from elementary to my freshman year of high school. I was also a cheerleader when I was little.
What do you feel was the biggest challenge you came across in since your arrival?
Adjusting to training at the collegiate level was the most difficult and a little frustrating. My body went through so many changes my first year due to weights, my diet, etc., which was weird once I started running. It took a lot of getting used to.
What is/are the biggest difference(s) between high school and competing at the collegiate level?
Competing at the collegiate is a job/business! It's more serious and demanding compared to high school. Still fun, but you develop a more mature mindset and respect for the sport.
What did you do, both individually and as a team, to prepare right before a meet?
I pray a thousand times before and during a meet. I also like to listen to music to get focused and drown out everything around me. As a team, we go through our warm-up routine, motivate each other and keep each other from have passing out due to nerves.
What is your favorite workout?
WALKING...just kidding. I like ladder workouts. Working down the ladder. (800,600,400,200,100, for example.)
What do you do away from running and studying to relax?
When I am not running or studying I am most likely singing, blasting music or blogging.
Three words to describe you?
Goofy, spontaneous, outspoken.