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Continuing on the "Going the Distance" series, find out about junior sprinter Alyssa McClure...
Hometown: Baltimore, Md.
High School: Digital Harbor
Major: Sport Administration
Why did you decide to attend the University of Miami?
This was my dream school. I love the campus, the weather is nice and I wanted to accomplish big goals while furthering my track career. I felt coming to Miami would help me do that.
What was the best aspect of being part of Miami's track teams?
At practice when I'm tired or sore and feel like I can't get back on the line to start again, my teammates are always there to encourage and push me.
You have accomplished quite a bit while at Miami. What do you feel is your biggest accomplishment throughout your collegiate career?
So far I think it's staying healthy through fall training. This is the first year I was able to get through a solid fall training.
Who has had the biggest influence on your career?
There are so many people who support me, encourage me and keep me focused, but my high school coach has been the biggest influence. Anytime I have a problem or feel a certain way, I call him. No matter how negative the situation is, he always lets me know everything will be ok. I just have to stay determined.
What are some of your goals for the season?
This season I would first like to stay healthy. I also want to reach big PR's, win ACC's in the 60m, and make it to regionals and nationals.
What do you feel was the biggest challenge you came across in since your arrival?
Learning to manage my time between track and school. I learned to take advantage of 20 minute power naps.
What is/are the biggest difference(s) between high school and competing at the collegiate level?
Track at the collegiate level is more serious, more competitive, and just overall more challenging.
What did you do, both individually and as a team, to prepare right before a meet?
As a team we do pre-meet and morning shake outs to get our body ready to compete. Individually I pray and listen to music.
What do you do away from running and studying to relax?
I love to sleep and shop.
Three words to describe you and why?
Sweet, Silly, and Independent. I chose these words because I'm very kind-hearted and don't mind helping others out. I'm a playful person; always smiling and laughing. I don't like relying on others. If something needs to be done, I would rather do it myself.