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Tiger Scoop: Work Hard Play Hard - AU Track and Field Road to SEC's
Senior Maya Pressley

Feb. 20, 2013

Each week, will take a look at a different personality from Auburn Athletics. This blog will take a look at the various perspectives of student-athletes, coaches and administrators. The second entry is written by Auburn senior track and field student-athlete Maya Pressley. Enjoy her insights and join us again for another edition next week.

By Maya Pressley

Oftentimes I am asked, "Is this your senior year? Are you done already?" And my response is always ... "No, not just yet." There is still work to be done.

Before my journey ends at Auburn University, I am determined to leave behind some kind of legacy. From the moment I arrived on The Plains, which seems like yesterday, I remember saying to myself, "I hope they will remember me when I'm gone." That is why as a senior student-athlete and leader on this team, I must inspire my teammates this weekend at the SEC Indoor Championships. We work so hard at practice. Every practice seems like we're continuously polishing our craft, on a mission to become stronger and faster.

Aside from the joy of being President of our Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), most of my satisfaction comes from each afternoon at practice. Each day as we enter the locker room, go through the animated training room and into the shed with the loud, bumping music, you can't help but be in a good mood. We all work very hard, but we try to have moments where we play harder. We laugh, crack jokes and smile during intensive training regiments. We also have the tendency to dance and sing. We do whatever it takes to keep our minds free from pressure, and it helps us to stay relaxed and in a zone.

Our indoor season is already half way through, so now it is grind time for SEC indoors and this is the moment where all of us get serious and focused. As a two-time SEC Outdoor Champion, I feel confident that I can approach my teammates to alleviate any fears or doubts they may have entering the Championships. We have a very young women's team. Therefore, we all have great potential as underdogs. I am excited about SEC's. I know all our hard work in the fall is beginning to pay off and many of us will see promising results.



Throughout this year, I intend to leave a mark. I want some huge footsteps for my fellow and upcoming teammates to fill. And if I do, they too will want to strive to be better and achieve greatness. I want them to say, "Maya really did inspire me."

I truly believe we are one of the toughest teams out there, because we refuse to give up. I think our relentlessness streams from the blood, sweat and tears we've put in to this great Auburn Track and Field program. We look to our women's team who won the NCAA Championship in 2006. We all push ourselves and want to see each other perform well.

In the final days leading up to SEC indoors we will continue to give 100 percent during workouts. We have a great coaching staff that pushes us all beyond our potential. In the meantime, while we pound our feet on the red, rubbery track, and numb our legs in the freezing ice tank, we prepare to embark on the journey to SEC's.

All the while working hard and being sure to play harder!

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