Bloomington, Ind. - Danielle Carruthers took her opportunity to gain invaluable insight into the lives of professional track stars on the circuit when she traveled to Madrid, Spain for the 2002 IAAF World Cup. The U.S. womens team took fourth place in the World Cup on a strong performance by Gail Devers in the 100m hurdles with her time of 12.65. Carruthers was invited to the World Cup after her performance on the U.S.s 4x100 relay team at the Aug. 18 U.S. vs. Great Britain meet in Glasgow, Scotland.
However, with running greats such as Ingrid Miller, Kelly White, Christy Gaines, Angela Williams and Dever on the relay team, Carruthers did not participate in the event but capitalized on the chance to create relationships with an international set of athletic elite.
Although I didnt run, it was very good experience for me, said Carruthers. I got to interact with a lot of professional athletes and see how they do things and handle things at that level. I learned that its not that different from being a collegiate athlete, they just run more meets and are always very competitive and the stakes are higher. I learned how to handle myself at large, international meets and how to handle myself as an athlete in future situations.
With the international flair of the competition, Carruthers was aware of the influence she could have on athletes and their attitudes toward the U.S. athletes. Meeting and understanding different modes of preparation for events was high on her list of priorities too.
The greatest thing is that it was an international meet and everyone is very intense. Youre very interested in the other countries athletes. You want to get to know each other. The people you see at that meet, you see on the circuit. Its interesting and exciting to have friends with differing nationalities.
And as for Spain and her time spent there, Carruthers was glowing in her review.
Spain was wonderful. They have a beautiful culture. The people there truly made us feel like we were at home, said Carruthers.
Danielle returns to Indiana Universitys Bloomington campus, maintaining a preseason training regimen to prepare her for tough indoor and outdoor seasons that lie ahead in 2003.