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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 1992 - Sports. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. July 31, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/19684/show/19534.

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Transcript MICHELE COLLINS After wins in SWC, NCAA, sprinter sets her sights on life, career and a possible Olympics Mc ichele Collins "fits in well" into the track program at UH. She continues the long list of excellent sprinters that the program and coach Tom Tellez has produced. "The program under Coach Tellez was the attraction for me," said Collins. "He's very intense and very technical in his coaching. I feel the program works for me real well. I like it here, it's relaxing. They don't push you too hard." Part of the lure of the UH program is CoachTellez,whohascoachedmanyoftoday's great track stars, and another plus is that many of these stars return to train and to coach. "I'd have to say that we have the best coaches in the world," Collins remarked. "It's motivatingandit'sinspir-" ingtoworkoutwith these people, because you say: Wow, I want to be like them. The Santa Monica Track Club (Carl Lewis, LeRoyBurrell)worksout *%^ here,andthat'shelpedthe ^^^f program a lot. Michelle ^ HIHHIH them," Collins said. Her performances this year gave her a spot in the U.S. Olympic Trials in June. She competed in the 100 meter and didn't do as well as she hoped, but then the 100 isn't her want,butIcan'tletthingsbotherme,"saidCollins. "It'saverymentalsport,youhavetostayfocused. It's a very individual sport." "I used to worry about other runners. Now I do not worry, It's important not to worry about the other runners when you should be favorite event. She hoped to do well in the 200 focusing on your race. That's what I've learned to meter as she prepared for the second weekend do. I just worry about me, and not that so-and-so of the Olympic trials, though she isn't suk is in this lane or Big Time is in that lane. I can't do about manking the team, that, because that will mess you up." "I have nothing to lose going into the Collins participates in the 100, and 200 meetandalottogain.The200ismybestevent meter sprints,andalsohelpstheteamin two relay and I'm going to be racing against the nations events,butthereisadifferenceinhelpingtheteam top people. If I can do everything that my and helping yourself. coaches have been telling me to do, and I'm "It'salwaysnicetohavevictorieswiththe already mentally prepared for the race. I feel relays, because it's important to do well as a team, like I can do well." " Friendly, bright and articulate, Collins isa RTV major, and yet shedoesn'twantarole in the spotlight, she would rather work behind the scenes, making it all happen "Atfirstlwasn'tsuie "1 just worry about me, and not that so- and-so is in this lane, or Big Time is in that lane. I can't do that, because that will mess you up. -Track Standout Michele Collins Finn is training here and has helped the women's team." IttakesgCH3dcoachingtobringoutthe bestperformancesfiDmanathlete,andCollins hasobviouslyrespondedwithsomeofthebest sprint times this year. If there's one thing that she still must work on, it's her starts. ' 'My start isn't where itneeds to be, but ithasgottenbetterovertheyears," said Collins. "When I got out of high school I did not have any kind of coaching. I didn't even know how to come out of the blocks. I was running off of just raw talent. That's why I'm better in the 200 (meters), because of my start. I'm a pick-up runner," Collins said. With school, training, and meets to go to, concentrating on such an individual sport can be difficult. Collins manages to put forth her best effort every time, but it takes training to keep one's mind clear. "i love the sport, I look forward to every meet. Sometimes I don't do as well as I But if you don't do well in the relays, you can that I wanted to get into this, but Carol Lewis, always think of your individual events. I can who's a RTV major (and a track star herself), really focus in on that," said Collins. "You have to shekindatalkedmeintoit.She'sagoodfriend;' keepyourindividualeventsinperspective.That's said Collins. "I'm not really wanting to be an where you're going to have your most success." anchorwoman, or get into any kind of broad- Success came as Collins moved easily casting.Peoplealwayssay:WowIcan'tbelieve throughtheconferencediampionships,winnm thatMichele,butthat'sthewayitis.Ijustdont gold medals in the 100,200 and as the anchor leg want to do that." of the 400 meter relay. "I plan on making the Olympic team "Southwest Conference went really well in '96, no doubt. Those are more realistic goafe for me. I had a very good meet. I P. R.ed (Personal for me. I should defend my NCAA Indoor title Record) in two events." next year, and I plan to win the Outdoor title The scores at conference lead Collins to plan on sweeping the conference also. 1^ the NCAA Outdoor Championships. She had planning to go all the way next year." done very well at the Indoor Championships in With such aspirations, it might seem March, where she was the champion in the 200 hand to keep up with school work, but Colli* meter, but the Outdoors, it was a different story insists that, with work, she can have it all. j "Outdoors, I wasn't feeling well, I 'It's a challenge, but I feellikelcan* hyperventilated at the track meet. I didn't have a it. TVe done it in the past. I haven't had afl? good meet, I was a little fatigued and tired from problemsinthepast.Iwantadegre^andlal*1 therelaysandfromalltherounds.Itdidn'tgowell want to do well in track. You just have for me, but you know, it happens to the best of balance it out "-Michael Edwards Sports