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Continuing on the "Going the Distance" series, let us find out about freshman hurdler Jamika Glades...
Hometown: Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
High School: Dillard
Why did you decide to attend the University of Miami?
I decided to come to the University of Miami for several reasons. I wanted to stay close to home and away from cold weather. When I came on my visit, I loved the chemistry of the team and wanted to be apart of it. Another reason was because I've heard a lot of great things about coach Amy Deem; she has a great reputation with the hurdles and I wanted to better myself.
What was the best aspect of being part of Miami's Track & Field teams so far?
Again, the chemistry of the team is wonderful; they are like a family
You come to the University of Miami having a great amount of success during your senior year, what do you contribute that to?
I contribute my success to my high school coach, coach Davidson, my family, mainly my son Anthony.
What was your biggest accomplishment during high school?
My biggest accomplishment was overcoming a huge obstacle, which is having a child, and not giving up on anything - neither athletics nor academics. I maintained an A GPA and, at the same time, won many of my races and obtained a couple of championships along the way.
What are some of your goals for the season?
My main goal for the season is to stay healthy, better myself, and perform to the best of my ability. I also would like to be one of the top contenders in the ACC.
What do you feel was the biggest challenge you came across in since your arrival?
The biggest challenge so far is managing my time.
What is/are the biggest difference(s) between high school training and it now on at the collegiate level?
My high school training was much like that of training at the collegiate level, but in high school we didn't focus much on strengthening the many different muscles.
What do you do to prepare right before a meet?
To prepare right before a meet, I make sure I get enough rest, eat a nutritious meal the night before, drink a lot of water, and run my race over in my head.
What do you do away from practice and studying to relax?
To relax, I sometimes listen to music, watch television, sleep, or hang out with friends.
Three words to describe you and why?
Goofy - I love to joke around at times and to just create a joyful atmosphere.
Determined - I always strive for the best and to be the best; never give up.
Honest - I am a person of much integrity and always tell the truth.