Women's Track

Q&A With Christina DeRosa

May 15, 2006

Michelle Pelletier from Media Relations tracked down Christina DeRosa from the women's track team to get some insider info.

Q: Have you found it difficult to balance school work and track?
A: Not really, I've been doing it since I've been in the 7th grade. I actually couldn't picture it not being the way it is. Whenever we have a break I always feel like I have a lot of time. So it's not really too hard to balance.

Q: What do you do about school work when you are on the road?
A: I'm the type of person that can't bring work with me on the road because I just won't do it. We know our schedule ahead of time, so I try to get my work done by Thursday if we are leaving on a Friday. I plan to not do work on the weekends so I can just relax and focus on my race. I try to not schedule an important discussion for a Friday because I know I might have to miss it. If I ever do have to miss a test of class my professors are usually pretty understanding.

Q: What do you miss most from home when you are here at school?
A: Probably the beach, I'm from Long Island and I'm right on the water there.

Q: What is your most memorable moment in track?
A: Running at Penn relays. I really hope that our team gets to go next year. At track there are people cheering for you but it's not like a football game where everyone's out. But at Penn relays, you have that atmosphere and you have this whole stadium around you.

Q: What made you become involved in track?
A: I was never really any good at other sports. My high school was really good at field hockey and badminton and my friends all did soccer and field hockey so I really wanted to do a sport. I was never coordinated, so I just started running and I just fell in love with it.

Q: What do you do in the off-season to stay in shape?
A: Well basically we never really have an off-season, but in the summer it's really just base training. Our coach will send us all our summer workouts; it's basically just miles, a couple tempo runs, lifting, and cross training.

Q: Is there anyone that you look up to and why?
A: I look up to my parents, neither of them were runners or competitive athletes, yet my dad is very driven and I get that from him and it just makes me want to keep doing better.

Q: Do you have any rituals or special preparations for before meets?
A: In high school I was extremely superstitious. I would change my shoes in the same exact spot every week, and I would always wear the same tie-dye t-shirt. But in college, I have to wear all UMass stuff, so I had to change that up. So now I do a certain amount of strides before each race and I always wear a hair ribbon.

Q: Is there a meet that you look forward to the most?
A: Every season we have our A-10 conference meet, and cross country is my favorite season so I just always look forward to the A-10 meet because a lot of the girls that go to URI are my teammates from high school and I always look forward to racing them again.

Q: What do you like most about UMass?
A: I love the team, having a coach I can trust and having my best friends on the team. They know what's hard to do and they just keep me grounded.

Q: What made you pick UMass?
A: Before I looked at colleges I have never been in Massachusetts before. I was looking at schools like Boston College and Northeastern and I just randomly thought of checking out UMass. But when I came here it just felt like the perfect fit and it just felt like college to me. I also just really liked the coach and talking with her, she just really sold the program well.

Q: Where do you hope to see yourself in five years?
A: I want to go to graduate school for physical therapy, so it would be nice to get into Stony Brook in Long Island right near my house. Maybe engaged.

Q: Outside of sports what is your greatest accomplishment?
A: I guess maybe adjusting to college, because I know some people in my hometown didn't really adjust to college well and they went back home or some dropped out. So I think just being balanced and making good choices.

Q: What do you do in your free time?
A: Hang out with my friends, catch up on work, or just relax because there's not many times that we can just sit back and do nothing.




    Event Calendar

    Wednesday, Apr 16
    at Holy Cross Heptathlon 11:00 AM
    Thursday, Apr 17
    at Holy Cross Heptathlon 11:00 AM
    Saturday, Apr 19
    at Holy Cross Invitational 11:00 AM
    Saturday, Apr 26
    at UNH Pre-Conference Meet 11:30 AM
    Saturday, May 3
    vs Atlantic 10 Championship 9:00 AM
    Sunday, May 4
    vs Atlantic 10 Championship 9:00 AM
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