Traveling is different with every team. Some have to dress up, some of us have matching team attire we’re supposed to wear, others may travel charter, bus to events and the rest of us may fly commercial…it just all depends. For track and field we all take full advantage of the opportunity to get out on the road with the team. As time gets near for us to start traveling, our anticipation builds. The fall training season is so long and we are just antsy to get on the road and finally compete.
Alishea Usery and Darshay Davis sitting together on the bus
To make sure we are on track academically, we work hand-in-hand with our advisors to take some of our harder classes in the fall (when we are not competing) so that our school work will be the least demanding as possible during season. Once you start to get far in your major, it’s kind of hard to manage your schedule that way.
Once the season starts in the spring, our schedules get very demanding as we start traveling pretty much every week. You can only image how our professors feel about that. But thanks go to our lovely advisors—they send out a letter at the beginning of the semester and let our professors know ahead of time all the days we will be missing. While everybody is juggling work on the road, we are in tutoring all night trying to get as much work as possible done so we can make the best of our “business trip”. So… the operation before we start traveling is get as much work done as possible and pack before the last minute.
With track and field, we travel in all black. We wear a black Nike Polo shirt, with black pants and the matching jacket that is issued to us so that we are all uniform. We fly mostly commercial, which can be pretty fun. There have been so many people in the airports ask us if we are we the basketball team. At times I really wonder what is going through their heads. I am 5’2 and no part of me looks like I could play basketball at the college level. Others have asked if we were a co-ed basketball team and someone even asked one time if we were ninjas. Maybe it was the black, I’m not sure.
Ebony Eutsey and Omar Craddock on the plane
When we travel we are usually gone anywhere from 3 to 10 days maximum, so when we are gone we have to find a way to keep ourselves occupied during the days we don’t compete. Personally, I like to bring my Wii or Kinect to play the Michael Jackson or Kinect sports games.
As a final note, I’d like to wish our Baseball team the best of luck at the College World Series in Omaha and good luck to the Gators competing at the USA Swimming Olympic Trials which are also in Omaha! Go Gators!