Q & A With Dominique Lauderdale

May 11, 2010

Less than two weeks ago at the dual meet against Washington State, junior sprinter Dominique Lauderdale took a big step towards establishing herself as a true Pac-10 contender in the short sprints, as she posted the fourth-best 100-meter dash time in school history at 11.77 seconds and won the 200-meter dash in 24.62 seconds. And those times came amidst in cold conditions on a wet track on a windy day, not exactly conducive to great sprint times. Lauderdale transferred to Washington from Arkansas after her freshman season, and has spent the past year and a half trying to reach full strength after a variety of nagging injuries. Only now does she look to be scratching her sizeable potential. This weekend the Bakersfield, Calif. native will hope to continue to lower her season-bests and score for the Huskies in both the 100m, 200m, and 4x100m relay. Washington hasn't had a finalist in the Pac-10 100-meter dash, or an entry for that matter, since Ashley Lodree in 2007.

GoHuskies.com: How do you feel about your times and how you ran at the Dual meet with WSU?
Dominique Lauderdale:
I felt pretty good with my times. I didn't expect to run that fast. I thought I would run a little slower but I had motivation to run faster with Princess (Joy-Griffey) in my race. As long as I stayed with her I would have a good time.

GH: What do you feel was different about this meet that made you run faster?
My injuries have been feeling better because of all the treatment and rehab. Its feeling like I'm getting a lot stronger just practice-wise by working on my drive phase and getting out harder.

GH: Would you say you are almost 100% back from your injury?
I would say that I'm at about 95%. If I can keep being sharp at practice I can get to 100% for Pac-10's.

GH: With Pac-10's coming up soon, how do you see yourself running?
I definitely want to run well at Pac-10's and hopefully PR. I want to run well in prelims and make it back to the finals. I'd want to run at least 11.6 hopefully. I'm going to be running the 100, 200 and 4-by-1 so it will be a long day.

GH: What is your favorite event in track and field?
Right now I'm good in the 100 but the 200 has been my all-time favorite event.

GH: What are your goals for the rest of the season?
If I keep working hard and practicing like we have been doing, I hope to be at Austin, Texas competing for a spot to make it to the National Championships.

GH: How do you feel about the sprint group as a whole this year?
I really like our team this year. I feel like we are a big family. Everyone has their own strengths and that all combines into a fun environment.

GH: What are your plans after track?
Right now I am a junior majoring in sociology. I'm planning on working with social work and seeing where it takes me in life...that is unless I make the Olympics of course.

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