KTVBHSS chatted with Caldwell senior Tamika Russell about signing with the College of Idaho and already feeling at home with her future team.
Why did you decide to commit to College of Idaho?
“My two options were Southern Oregon University and College of Idaho. I had offers from both and visited both campuses. They both have the major I want to study (psychology) and I know College of Idaho has a really strong psych program. C of I was more convincing in how strong their psych professors are.”
What do you want to study?
“I want to major in psychology and become a sports psychologist. Being involved in team sports and watching the reactions of others has really influenced me. When I see teammates get down, you know, you want to do everything you can to help them. I am a giving person and I want to give back.”
What about the atmosphere on campus and with your future team?
“I felt like I would just fit in with this team. They made me feel welcome and told me how well I would fit into their program. I felt like they wanted me not just for my talent, but they want to help make me a better person. Everyone around the campus was really welcoming and nice. I just felt really at home.”
What events do you run?
“The 1600 meters, 3200 meters, 800 meters and 4 x 400 relay.”
You also play varsity basketball. What is the biggest difference mentally between cross country/track and basketball?
“The mental aspect of basketball and running are two completely different things. In running, you’re all on your own. Yes, you have coaches telling you to push yourself, but ultimately it comes down to you, whether you want it enough. In basketball, you have to be tough, but you can also rely on your teammates. It kind of takes off the pressure of being mentally tough.”
Favorite television show?
“I love fruit, especially mangoes.”