April 12, 2005
Tallahassee, Fla. – Senior Sharneka Brown (St. Petersburg, Fla./Florida A&M) is coming up on her last meets as a member of the Florida State track and field team. The south Florida native reflects on her time spent in Tallahassee over the last few years as well as her plans for the future.
How does it feel to be one of Florida State’s all-time, top-ten triple jumpers?
It feels really good because I worked hard to show my skills and ability in the triple jump. It’s all the more important to me because I set the mark during my first year in Tallahassee.
What is your most memorable moment as a Seminole?
My most memorable moment was when I jumped 41′ at the Florida Indoor meet. That and when we finished second in the 4x100m relay at the ACC Championships last year.
What was the hardest lesson you had to learn as a college athlete?
I had to learn how to balance schoolwork and track. You can’t do everything at once. I also had to learn how to control my attitude and my temper.
What was your transition like from FAMU to FSU? Was there anyone who helped you with the transition?
It was especially hard because I transferred after my freshman year. I struggled a lot because the programs were different. My training over there was totally different from my training over here. That made it more difficult because I had to change not only my academics but also my on track training program. I came over at the same time as (senior jumper) Willie (Johnson) and that helped because I had someone else that was changing academic and athletic programs. I knew somebody who was in the same boat as I was.
Who was your biggest inspiration at FSU?
(Former head track and field) Coach (Terry) Long was who I looked up to. I really admire him because he was always a positive person. Even when I struggled he just kept me positive, reminding me that I had two more years here and it was going to be ok. He helped uplift my spirits.
What was your favorite activity when you weren’t on the track?
Do you plan on continuing to run track or will you end your career here at FSU?
My career stops at FSU. I have no plans right now to coach. I’m headed to graduate school to get my masters in criminology so I can become a crime scene analyst.
As a senior, is there any advice that you are giving to incoming freshmen and recruits?
Stay focused is the most important thing. Learn how to balance school, track, and your social life. That’s the hardest part about being a student-athlete, trying to manage everything at once.