Oct. 2, 2013
RollTide.com caught up with each new member of the track and cross country team to find out more about them. Today, we feature Brittany Truitt, a freshman from Alexander High School in Douglasville, Ga. Truitt was named Alexander's top scholar-athlete in 2011 and 2012 and earned third at the 2012 AAAA Georgia state cross country championships.
What are you looking forward to most about being a member of the team?
It's really exciting just to be able to compete at the Division 1 level. I'm looking forward to being able to compete as much as I possibly can.
Why did you choose Alabama?
Everyone told me that when you get to where you love, you're going to know that's the place for you. This was my last visit. When I came here, I fell in love with it. I felt it. I knew this was the place I was supposed to be.
How did your family react to your college decision?
They are big Georgia fans, so when I came here, it was hard, especially on my Dad. They're coming around to it, though. They're Alabama cross country and track fans.
When did you begin competing and why?
My first race was in kindergarten. My big brother ran and got a trophy, so I wanted a trophy. My Dad told me I had to win to get a trophy, so I went out there and won and got that trophy. I won my first race and didn't lose one until my eighth grade year.
When did you realize you could compete at the Division 1 level?
I knew when I started high school that (running in college) was what I wanted to do. I knew what I had to do to get there. It was probably my junior year when recruiting picked up.
What is your proudest accomplishment?
I'd have to say getting on the state podium for the first time in my junior year. I got eighth place, but just making it there after an injury was really cool.
What has been the biggest adjustment you've had to make as a college athlete?
Trying to balance your athletics, class and study hall all in one day.
What goals do you have for this season?
Stay healthy and be able to compete as much as I can.
What is one weakness that you'd like to improve moving forward?
Learning how to be mentally tough.
Have you decided on a major?
I'm majoring in secondary education.
What are your plans after college?
I want to be a P.E. teacher. I've always wanted to do it. I've always wanted to be able to be a high school coach and help kids be healthy.
Is there any other athlete, either professional or collegiate, that inspires you?
I love (University of Oregon runner) Jordan Hasay.
Aside from track, what is your favorite sport?
Football. I love football. I wish I could play. If they had girls football, I seriously would play.
Athletes have strict diet regimens, but if there is one food you cannot live without, what is it?
Doughnuts. Maybe I shouldn't let the coaches know that, but I love doughnuts. I try not to eat them much, though.
What's your favorite kind of doughnut?
Sprinkles. The worst you can get.
What's on your iPod right now?
Justin Bieber. He's my favorite. I'm obsessed. The whole team listens to a bunch of Christian music, so that's what we're really into now.