February 2, 2009 - by
Tracking The Seminoles: Pole Vaulters

Feb. 2, 2009

 

Leilani Caraballo, a fifth year senior pole-vaulter from Miami, Fla., has been an instrumental component of the track and field team at Florida State. Caraballo has been an ideal student-athlete on and off the field as she has maintained a 3.8 GPA throughout her college career. After graduation in April 2009, Caraballo intends to begin medical school where she will continue to be a role model for future student-athletes.

1. Do you have any superstitions during competition?

I used to make all my teammates kiss my lucky egg Sanca (like from “Cool Runnings”), but I retired him when I had a bad streak.

2. If you could compete in any other event, what would it be? Why?

Definitely the 800 meters. I just wouldn’t enjoy the training involved.

3. If you were a tree (or animal) what kind of tree (animal) would you be?

A flying squirrel, duh.

4. If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?

Flying would really help me pole vault better.

5. What would I find in your refrigerator right now?

Turkey, milk, apple juice, hummus, and lots of cheese.

6. What did you want to be when you were a child?

My dream was to be a paramedic up until I started college and had to choose a major.

7. If Hollywood made a movie about your life, whom would you like to see play the lead role as you?

I wouldn’t mind looking like Sherryl Applebee.

8. If you had only six months left to live, what would you do with the time?

I would travel and see as much of this world as possible. And obviously spend time with people I love.

9. Explain the worst hair cut you have ever had?

One time I decided to save money and cut my own bangs and well, it didn’t look too hot.

 

Charles Janson, also a pole vaulter and native of Sarasota, Fla., is making history by becoming the fourth Seminole pole-vaulter in his family. Charles’ three older sisters, Lacy, Kristen and Brittany, all competed for Florida State in past years. He began pole-vaulting in high school, but unfortunately could not compete at the state meet due to personal reasons. Janson has decided to study business at Florida State and is anxiously waiting to put on the garnet and gold for the first time.

1. Do you have any superstitions during competition?

Actually, yes! Before a meet in high school my mom found a penny on the ground and told me to use it for good luck. Well the penny kept rolling around in my shoe so I competed with it in my sock. I got a personal record that meet. The next meet I forgot to put it in my sock so the penny stayed in my shoe, and I no-heighted (did not reach the opening height). I tried one last time and put the same penny in my sock and performed awesome!

2. If you could compete in any other event, what would it be? Why?

The hammer throw because I’m skinny…it would throw off the competition.

3. If you were a tree (or animal) what kind of tree (animal) would you be?

It would make since that I would pick a giraffe…so I’ll say…Pine Tree

4. If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?

Flying

5. What would I find in your refrigerator right now?

Lemon popsicles, Klondike bars, mild cheddar cheese, apple juice, muscle milk, Capri suns, and pumpkin butter

6. What did you want to be when you were a child?

I wanted to be an astronaut…as a small child I wanted to own a restaurant.

7. If Hollywood made a movie about your life, whom would you like to see play the lead role as you?

George Clooney

8. If you had only six months left to live, what would you do with the time?

Skydive and travel to Ireland and Australia; and if it was my last day I would bungee jump

9. Explain the worst hair style you have ever had?

I wanted to frost my hair one time, so I asked one of sisters to help me. She thought it would look better if I bleached my whole head, so I let her. It was a terrible idea to say the least.

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