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Spotlight: Christine Ajinjeru ’14

Photo by Tela Ebersole

How would you describe this season?

Coming into the season, I was very excited because I was just happy to do track again from my study abroad. It’s been good in a sense that I started placing better compared to two previous seasons.

Did you keep yourself in shape during your semester abroad?

It was very hard to stay in shape because it wasn’t easy to find a gym that had the same [facilities] as the ones we have here. There would only be one or two running machines.

Was there a difficulty in transitioning from not practicing to an actual track season?

Yes, because coming into the season I suffered a couple of injures and I’m actually still recovering from a quad injury. I feel like maybe if I had more off-season practice, I would not be in a position where I’ll be getting injured.

Favorite meet of the season?

The Drake Relays because the 4×400 team managed to qualify for the Drake Relays and it was inspiring to be in a place with Division I athletes and be able to run with players with such high caliber.

What is the best part about running relays?

I just enjoy working with people. People I run relays with are people who I get along well with and who I like to be with.

What is the biggest difference between running indoors and outdoors?

The curves. Outdoors curves are less sharp. For a runner, you’re able to run 400 meters in a much shorter time outside because you only have to run around once. In indoors, you have to run twice. Psychologically, it feels good to only have to run around once.

Who is your funniest teammate?

Ronald [Edwards] ’14. He knows how to turn any situation into a funny one. We could be having the hardest workout and he would just say one thing and he would make us laugh.

How does it feel to be a senior next year?

I’m ready for it. Right now, I have ideas of what to do after Grinnell. I feel like as a senior, I’ll have more concrete ideas. I just want to know what my next steps will be.

 -compiled by David Kim
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