Feb. 18, 2009
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Rolltide.com and the Alabama women's track and field team will showcase select players and coaches every week answering nine questions. Questions will pertain to things on and off the track. The third edition features junior Kimberley Laing.
Rolltide.com: You are from St. Catherine, Jamaica. What was it like during the transition to American life?
Kimberley Laing: I think my biggest transition was the temperature change. It is sunny and warm all the time back home and the fall and winter seasons here were hard for me and they still are. The food was different than what I was accustomed to eating, but American life is not that much different from Jamaican life.
Rolltide.com: When and why did you get started in the sport of track and field?
Laing: I started in the fifth grade. Track was a very important sport at my school and I wanted to be a part of that. I was really tall in the fifth grade and so one day the coach let me try out for the high jump and I have been involved with track ever since.
Rolltide.com: What are your personal goals and what are the team goals for the season?
Laing: My personal goal is to be in the top five in the SEC indoor 60 meter hurdles and outdoor 100 meter hurdles. I would also like to participate at the NCAA Championships. For the team goal, I think we all want to give 100% all the time and work together.
Rolltide.com: Where's your favorite track meet to compete at and why?
Laing: My favorite would have to be the Tyson Invitational. You get great competition at a great facility. Everybody brings their `A' game.
Rolltide.com: What's on your iPod right now?
Laing: John Legend and some Jamaican dancehall, to keep things exciting.
Rolltide.com: Why did you come to The University of Alabama?
Laing: I had a good vibe on my visit and I liked the girls that I met here and that was good enough for me to commit.
Rolltide.com: Do you have any superstitions or rituals before your event?
Laing: I always say "NO FEAR" to myself before I get in my blocks for a hurdle race.
Rolltide.com: You broke into the top ten in school history during the 2008 outdoor season just before getting injured, yet here you are getting better every week. How do you get back mentally and physically from something like that?
Laing: I talk to my mom a lot. She is my source of inspiration and she keeps me grounded. I try to take the small victories every day, one step at a time. If I did better than yesterday or last week, I can trust that things will improve.
Rolltide.com: You played netball back home in Jamaica. Explain that a little to those of us that don't know what that is?
Laing: The objective of netball is for players to pass the ball to a teammate within the opposition's goal circle and score goals. The team with the most goals at the end of a game is the winner. It is similar to basketball, but there is no dribbling or moving with the ball. There are seven players on each team and each person has an opponent either on attack or defense, as well as zones they cannot cross into. You have to watch it being played, it's great.