Every other Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. our track & field team gathers in the Moore Auditorium for a meeting; a staple routine throughout my freshman year. And the time has finally come for the meetings to return as we had our first one of the semester this past week.
All athletes, coaches, trainers, and other department heads gather time and again for these meetings, which follow an almost identical routine. First, we begin with Coach Braman standing behind the podium as he rocks it back and forth giving his spiel on upcoming events and maybe giving a few warnings on things we should not be doing. Kathy Jones from the financial aid office always follows by talking about everyone’s favorite topic, money. She informs us about scholarship distributions, approaching financial due dates, and all that other mildly significant stuff.
Next up is our academic advisors. They lecture us on the importance of going to class, tutoring, academic honor, keeping our grades up, and basically all of the typical factors that go into being a good student.
Then we have nutrition with updates on changes in the snack bar or the athletic dining hall. There are always cheers or moans at this time depending on what foods they have added or taken away. Over the past year the snack bar has transformed from Pop-Tarts, Cheez-Its and fruit snacks to nuts, hummus and vegetables, and all kinds of real fruit. So, depending on who you ask this could be a good, or very bad thing.
Our athletic trainers then reprimand us for not returning towels to the training room, not showering before receiving treatment or hopping in the ice bath, and then there is always some form of concussion, blood, or drug testing we are informed of. Coach Braman always follows the towel statement with something along the lines of, ‘I don’t know why you would want one of those dirty towels anyway. Go to Walmart and buy your own $2 towel.’
Occasionally there is a surprise speaker thrown in the mix to really shake things up, or else the floor is given to one of our SAAC representatives. They inform us on community service events arising in the near future or other things going on within the Student Services department. And once again Coach Braman will have a similar response proposing that we come up with a huge community service activity for our team to complete.
This past week he recommended that we get together one afternoon to build a house or something, so we will see how that goes. Finally, to conclude the meeting Coach Braman gives some final motivation as we carry on in the season. And the final line of every meeting is always, “Go Noles!”
And with that we all get up and leave the auditorium until we return in two weeks. Although some tweaks in the schedule may occur, this basically sums up the excitement of Wednesday 3:30 meetings for the Florida State Track & Field team. In just another short week, we will see if the patterns continue or mass changes are applied to the program.
Hailey Hendry is a sophomore business major from Brentwood, Tennessee. A fixture in the cross country lineup’s top seven throughout her freshman year, she hopes to build on that experience in her second season with the Noles. Hendry will provide a behind-the-scenes look at the FSU women’s cross country team throughout the season.