Nicole Greene is a sophomore high jumper for the North Carolina track and field team. Greene was UNC’s sole competitor at this weekend’s NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships in College Station, Texas. In her second consecutive appearance at the national championship, Greene jumped 6’0.5”, placing fifth and earning first-team All-America honors.
Greene spoke with staff writer James Tatter about her improvement over last year, getting revenge and her ambitions for the coming outdoor season.
The Daily Tar Heel: This year over last year, you moved from 12th place to fifth place at nationals. What led you to make this big jump?
Nicole Greene: The thing that led me to it was probably how I did last year, to be honest. The height was the same last year and I only made opening height. So I knew that this year I had to change something or just do better. Just to place better, get at least top-8.
DTH: You placed second at ACCs this year, but you got revenge this weekend on the Florida State girl who beat you there. Was that a little bit more satisfying?
NG: Yeah, I did get revenge. I think she did exactly what I did last year. I did get revenge, so I was happy. She still had a really good season, but I was happy that I was able to beat her.
DTH: Overall, how did you feel about your jumps on Friday?
NG: I felt pretty good. My warm-ups were kind of restricted. I kept on my joggers and I felt like it was restricting my jumping so I was missing the opening height when I was warming up. That was kind of making me nervous. But once I took them off and put on my regular spandex everything was fine. The only thing that really made me nervous was my 5'11" because I made that on my last try instead of my first or second. The thing that was in my head the last time when I was going up for my jump was if I don't make this, it'll be the same as last year. I'll go home without being first-team All-American. I didn't want it to be the same. So that was the only nerve-wracking part of it, everything else was pretty smooth.
DTH: What was your feeling when you saw final results and knew you were a first-team All-American?