A Freshman Season to Remember: Chanli Mundy
July 1, 2014
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – This week four IU student-athletes on the track and field team will travel to Eugene, Ore., for the USATF Junior Outdoor Championships. Tre’Tez Kinnaird, Chanli Mundy, Andrew Miller and Eric Claxon will represent Indiana.
Mundy finished in 10th place in her first cross country race at the Indiana Intercollegiates in a time of 18:32. Mundy also competed for the Hoosiers at the Big Ten Championships, Great Lakes Regional Championships and helped the IU women’s team to their best finish since 2002 at the NCAA Championships. Although she redshirted the indoor and outdoor season, Mundy ran a personal best of 16:40 for the 5,000m run and will compete in the 5K at the USATF Junior Championships.
On being on the cross country team and helping them get back to the NCAA Championships
“Coming into the cross country season from summer training, I really wasn't expecting much. My goal was to be in the top 10-12 and to not get injured. After our time trial when I placed fifth for the team, everything changed. Being more confident was the big thing, and that came from training with the girls and my coaches being so supportive. Every race was a blast and a blessing. I remember each race, I just had a smile on my face at the start line because I was so happy to be competing with this team at this level. Getting back to nationals was beyond anything I've been a part of. Finding out we made it was wonderful news, and being able to compete at my hometown as a Hoosier was a dream come true.”
On the adjustment from high school to college
“Athletically, it was very tough. I thought high school was rough, but being a Division I Big ten athlete is definitely more rough. Running is my job now, and my paycheck is running fast, reaching PRs, and getting points for the team. Every minute of your day is revolved around when you are running. Academically, the transition was difficult, but not as much as I expected. My high school took getting students prepared for college very seriously, so I carried study skills along with me. The biggest adjustment was studying more and managing my time to get that studying done while getting enough sleep for running to keep me healthy.”
On advice to incoming freshman about the transition from high school to college
“School is first, sports are second. Managing your time to get good grades to boost your teams' GPA is important. Doing the little things like sleep, nutrition, and most importantly recovery will aid you in success. Lastly, realizing and embracing that your life as a student-athlete is not going to be like or as enjoyable as every other college student is key. You will be happy if you understand that your success revolves around the sacrifices you make.”
On favorite memories from freshman season at IU
“Making it to NCAA Championships was my favorite memory this year. Traveling to meets during cross country was so much fun. The boys and girls teams at IU bonded so well, and it made the trips so much more enjoyable. Finishing workouts that I didn't think were possible made training so much fun. Watching the boys win Big Tens for XC was such a surreal experience. Breaking 17 minutes for the 5k was an amazing memory and qualifying for USATF junior championships was great.”
On what you are most looking forward to at USA Juniors
“The biggest thing I'm looking forward to is being able to wear an IU uniform. In high school, I think we take advantage of what wearing our school's uniform actually means. Being able to represent IU as a school and Indiana as a whole is such a huge honor. Being able to embrace what school I run for makes the opportunity so much greater. It definitely makes me proud to be a Hoosier.”
The 2014 USATF Junior Outdoor Championships will serve as a qualifier for the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships. Top performers will be part of the American team that will have the unique opportunity to return to Eugene from July 22-27. The 2014 edition of the IAAF World Junior Championships marks the first time the event has ever been held in the United States.
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